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What would be recommended if I was considering between majoring in biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or mechanical engineering?

I have been struggling over my years of high school in determining which type of engineering I should pursue in college. #engineering #biomedical-engineering #chemical-engineering #mechanical-engineering


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Cheryl’s Answer

Think about what contacts you have. Part of college is internships and having contacts are a helpful part of getting some experience on your resume. Our son is studying chemical engineering and minored in biology related.. we had some contacts to get him some internships but they ended up being more mechanical engineering related. Check on the job boards like indeed.com and see what is interesting to you... That may help your decision.

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Peter’s Answer

The most effective way to determine which branch of engineering is best for you is probably awaits you when you enter college. During your lower division years, Freshman and Sophomore, you will have an opportunity to take introductory courses to a variety of engineering fields. This will allow you to experience, first-hand, the types of work and problem-solving involved. It is likely that one Field will greatly appeal to you, which will serve as your Major during your upper division years. I entered college without any idea of what I wanted to major in and this was my experience.

Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant


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Ken’s Answer

Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits fit into various career areas is a very important step. When I was doing College Recruiting, I ran into too many graduates, who when on the job, found that they did not like or were uncomfortable with their career decision. I would like to help you to avoid that.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Talk to your school counselor about taking interest and aptitude testing to see how your personality traits match with various career areas.
Talk to your science and math teachers to arrange to meet and talk to and visit people that they might know who are engineers. Also talk to them about the possibility of internship or shadowing possibilities which might allow you to see and feel what it is like to do that work.
Talk to the person in your school who tracks and works with graduates of your school to arrange to meet, talk to, visit, and possibly shadow people doing what you think that you might want to do.
Seek out professional associations to which professionals in your areas belong, so that you can meet and talk to various people doing what you think that you might want to do. Here are some tips that will help with that: ## https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/find-professional-associations.aspx?&frd=true ## ## https://www.wikihow.com/Network ## ## https://www.themuse.com/advice/9-tips-for-navigating-your-first-networking-event ##
Here are some sites that will help to allow you learn more about the various areas of engineering. The site for engineer girl is the most complete site, so disregard that it appears to be aimed at girls. ## https://www.engineergirl.org/ ## ## http://www.futureengineers.org/ ## ## https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43zVcmTJSKM ##

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