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Biomedical Engineers was it worth the time?

Was all the college and schooling worth it?

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Sarah’s Answer

Hi Elijah,
I'm not a biomedical engineer; I'm an electrical engineer working in the biomedical industry. My coworkers (including some biomedical engineers) and I have often reflected back on our time in college and discussed whether we'd advise others to pursue engineering. The answer is, universally and unanimously, YES. We experience new and exciting challenges almost every day, and we know that patients depend on us to have the best healthcare available. Our work creates the new "standard of care" for patients around the world, many of whom are our friends, family, and even ourselves. There is never a lack of motivation and inspiration about what we do. It is an incredibly rewarding career!

Despite all this positivity, I have heard from some biomedical engineers specifically that it can be more challenging to find a job out of college compared to other engineering disciplines. This is because biomedical tends to be a specific or narrow field, compared to something like electrical or mechanical engineering where you can ultimately find employment in a huge variety of industries beyond medical technologies. Of course, if biomedical is your true passion, follow that! But if you are feeling uncertain, you may consider a more broad engineering degree and seek a career in medical industries.
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Shelbie’s Answer

One of the things we are all short on is time. Once you get out into the world and begin taking on the responsibilities of adulthood, it becomes increasingly harder to pursue your passions. If Biomedical Engineering is your absolute passion, take the time to do it, but if not, find what is and excel at that. Remember, your passion is something that you can and would do every single day for free. There are not a lot of things that we would do, but if you are going to spend time doing something, spend it doing what brings you joy. You may be pleasantly surprised to find that your passions are profitable as well. Also note that this may change over time and as your life experience begin to truly shape you. Always make time to pursue what makes you great and it will be worth it.
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