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Worry about my carrer after college

  1. Mar 3, 2010 #1
    I'm an electrical engineer. I'm going to graduate next semester with bachelor degree. But for now, it seems that I don't know much about any thing about engineering field. Is this normal?

    Right now, I look back everything about myself. It seems that I don't remember much about what I already learned, eventhough, I got A in most of my courses.

    When I look at the job search, they require a lot of stuff that I have never seen before, I wonder how new graduate student like me find a job? Also, Most of the job require experience which new student like me does not have.

    Do you think it is normal that I don't remember stuff which I learn in the past? While studying it, I did very well, but now, I forget a lot. It like, I forget them after a year. How can I work if I don't remember it?

    While searching on the internet, I encounter about some stuff such as datasheet . In the school, we never used anything call datasheet in class. When I look at it, about 90% of that information, which I don't know or forgot. Is that normal?

    I'm so worry about it. I even thought that, electrical engineering is not my major. And this may lead me to change to computer science. But, I don't want to change it, since, this is my first semester of my senor year, if I change it, it will take me an extra 2 years to finish computer science.

    Could anyone please give me advise and anything relate to it?

    Thank you very much.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 3, 2010 #2
    Uh yeah. It just means that you didn't do internships or pay attention to the stuff going on around you. If you're in the US, go to your school's IEEE chapter and talk to the guys there.

    Career fairs and internships are the usual methods for finding really entry level jobs.

    I'm taking E&M now and it's all math I haven't seen in 4 years. I totally forget the math, so I looked up how to do it and it's slowly coming back to me. My point is that it doesn't really matter if you forgot how to do something, so long as you can teach/remind yourself how to do it again.

    Well considering that a data sheet is device specific and you've probably never used that device, sure. Data sheets are just reference tables; you need to know how to use them, but don't sweat the details.

    I think you'd benefit a lot from doing an internship or getting involved with some sort of project or competition, 'cause it seems like your practical skills are sorely lacking.
     
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