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Does ABET accreditation matter?

I am pursuing an Engineering major, specifically computer engineering, but the program at my school that I will attend is not ABET accredited. Does it matter much? Will it affect my career path?
(the school I will most likely attend is University of California, San Diego)
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Peter’s Answer

Yilei:

From what I gather, you have completed high school and are getting some sort of post-secondary training. It is important that the organization/school you are attending has some sort of official recognition/accredidation. Otherwise the courses you take may not be recognized by the college you eventually want to attend; in your case: UCSD. (By the way, I gradated from UCSD in 1971.) I suggest that you write to the Admissions Office of UCSD and directly ask if they will accept the credits you are earning where you are now studying.

Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant, PE

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The appropriateness of such accreditation and the appropriateness of a particular program can be most appropriately gained by talking to people who are doing what you think that you want to do in your career. During my experience in Human Resources and College Recruiting, the following are steps that would lead someone towards an appropriate career related answer and be importance assist to one's education/career journey. Considering that one should look at education as a business investment with the objective being to get the greatest return on ones investment, one might consider starting at a community college, as the classes are smaller, the costs are more reasonable, and the have internship and coop programs which allow a student to get practical experience and earn money while in school. Here is an important video to watch: ## http://www.ted.com/talks/julie_lythcott_haims_how_to_raise_successful_kids_without_over_parenting?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_content=talk&utm_term=education

Ken recommends the following next steps:

The first step is to take an interest and aptitude test and have it interpreted by your school counselor to see if you share the personality traits necessary to enter the field. You might want to do this again upon entry into college, as the interpretation might differ slightly due to the course offering of the school. However, do not wait until entering college, as the information from the test will help to determine the courses that you take in high school. Too many students, due to poor planning, end up paying for courses in college which they could have taken for free in high school.
Next, when you have the results of the testing, talk to the person at your high school and college who tracks and works with graduates to arrange to talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do, so that you can get know what they are doing and how they got there. Here are some tips: ## http://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/nonawkward-ways-to-start-and-end-networking-conversations ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-to-ask-your-network-besides-can-you-get-me-a-job?ref=carousel-slide-1 ##
Locate and attend meetings of professional associations to which people who are doing what you think that you want to do belong, so that you can get their advice. These associations may offer or know of intern, coop, shadowing, and scholarship opportunities. These associations are the means whereby the professionals keep abreast of their career area following college and advance in their career. Here are some tips: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
It is very important to express your appreciation to those who help you along the way to be able to continue to receive helpful information and to create important networking contacts along the way. Here are some good tips: ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-informational-interview-thank-you-note-smart-people-know-to-send?ref=recently-published-2 ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/3-tips-for-writing-a-thank-you-note-thatll-make-you-look-like-the-best-candidate-alive?bsft_eid=7e230cba-a92f-4ec7-8ca3-2f50c8fc9c3c&bsft_pid=d08b95c2-bc8f-4eae-8618-d0826841a284&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=daily_20171020&utm_source=blueshift&utm_content=daily_20171020&bsft_clkid=edfe52ae-9e40-4d90-8e6a-e0bb76116570&bsft_uid=54658fa1-0090-41fd-b88c-20a86c513a6c&bsft_mid=214115cb-cca2-4aec-aa86-92a31d371185&bsft_pp=2 ##
Here are some important sites to visit, which will allow you to learn more about the vast opportunities in engineering: ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ##
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