I studied Electrical Engineering in Information Systems in the early 90's.
I was a passionate about photography and found myself getting paid assignments. I then studied Design in Photomedia and sustained a career in photography that lasted a good decade.
My advice is simple. If you put hard work behind anything that you are passionate about, success usually follows.
The flipside is that your passion will eventually become a job and it will be held hostage to the pressures of paying bills and putting food on the table.
If your question is really about whether you should stop working toward an Engineering degree to focus on another career path you think you would be more passionate about, I recommend talking to people who have jobs in the kind of engineering you have been considering, and the other field. Ask them what their jobs are really like, and what they like and don't like about them. You could do that here!
This is a difficult question since nice is relative. Relating to difficulty in getting a job, some fields may be more difficult to get a job in while others won't; however, if you have something you have great passion for, then go for it. Having a diverse realm of knowledge can lead you to view things more creatively. This, in turn, could make you knowledgeable and beneficial to companies. Innovativeness is inextricably linked to creative thinking and strong knowledge, so this could only benefit you.
A lot of students decide to change majors during their undergrad years. It is also totally acceptable to have different passions. You can continue the electric engineering path while also following a different passion during your spare time.
Cristina recommends the following next steps:
You might find it strange, but doing the things you are passionate about will help you grow. Let's you are taking electrical engineering and still interested in a different field, thats fine! What is more important is for you to know your goal, give your best and always know your priority. Remember no one has ever become successful without passion and hardwork. At the end of the day its up for you to decide as to weather you'll divert that passion as your future career. Hope this helps.
Swee Ann’s Answer
You can start by doing fun projects in your area of interest and see how did you go about it:
- Did you enjoy working on it?
- Were you excited to finish it and see the outcome?
- Did you do it all by yourself or needed some help from others to finish it?
- What did you learn from the process?
If you are able to answer these questions for yourself, you will know what really drives you the most and it will show you the way how to go about it as well.
Engineering teaches you a lot, how to be creative, how to build, how to test, how to work as a team etc and these are qualities you can apply in any other field of interest. Just follow your passion and be sincere about it. You will slowly work towards making your passion your job and if it continues to keep you happy and fulfilled you have proved to yourself that your passion has paid off.