what helped you make your decision in college to become who you are today and what you do today?
I have had more than one career, and none of those were decided upon in College. I found different positions that I was good at and enjoyed and stayed with them until I found something else.
I didn't get a BS until I was 43. And, I don't even do the work that I went to college for (Dental Hygiene), but I do work in the Dental School that I graduated from. All of the careers and positions that I have had prior to doing what I do now have taught me what I needed to know for the career I am in now.
Deciding what area of engineering appeals to you first, is important. Civil, Electrical, Structural, etc...
Perhaps you could look at your question in a way that may allow you to do both! You could go to school for Engineering, then look into going into the Federal law enforcement, like the CIA or FBI. You could get a degree in the Biological Sciences and become a forensic analyst for a police force. Or you could have an engineering degree and then go to Police Academy with the hopes of becoming a detective.
There is no "one path" to the life we want, so thinking "outside of the box" is important when setting up a plan to follow to attain our goals! Good luck to you! Perhaps you could find out if there is a junior police squad in your town and join that. I would also contact your local universities that offer engineering degrees and ask if you can take a tour of their campus, maybe speak with an engineering student or faculty. Also, if there are any engineering or robotics courses or extra-curricular activities at your school, consider joining them!!
Good luck to you Jesus!!!!
First and most important you must have a strong passiln(interest) in the general field that you are persueing, and many people have interests in more than one thing, so I would look deeper into each of the areas you are intrested in. Don't let money be the main driver. If you are not passionate about your job you will not be happy and fully productive. Check things like mobility, advancement, variety (if it's important) as well as salary. I always wanted to build things and at first wanted to be an architect, but looking into it I found that the majority of architects worked in big groups unless you owned your own business. I then thought about civil engineering, but found that the mechanical engineer was more universal and made more money. I still enjoy civil engineering and architecture, but made a living as a mechanical engineer finishing off my career a the North America engineering manager for a major multinational chemical company. Make sure you get your general field of interest right so you make smaller corrections as you go. Good luck.
I get you - I majored in Sociology & "thought" I wanted to be a Social Worker during my Sr year of college. After spending a 6 month internship, I realized this was so not for me. I freaked - getting my degree but no clue what to do! Re-assessed my skills - I loved working with & meeting people. I had always worked in retail so I decided to give retail management a try - and that paved the way for me to move into HR which is were I should have been from day 1. I get to work with amazing people every day, as we as learn grow. So, take stock in who you are, what your strengths are & go from there - you can be anything you want in this life but you need to steer your own ship!