Making or Selling? Business versus Engineering
Career Path : Business
When you have the choice between studying in engineering programs or business programs, you want to make sure you have weighed all the pros and cons to make the right choice.
Engineering programs will prepare you for a career among machines and technology. These are a better fit if you like to get your hands dirty, and are comfortable with at least some manual work. Theyâre always in demand, and one of the main perks of your training will be the emphasis on problem solving, something youâll use in every area of your life. Youâll also be able to build tangible things, and if youâre particularly technically inclined you can even help with cutting edge scientific research. Â Common employers for graduates of engineering programs are mining companies, manufacturers and maintence and design planners. You could have a future planning the ducting in a skyscraper or blowing hundred foot holes in the ground to expose valuable minerals, but regardless of where you end up, you can be sure there will always be jobs.
If youâre a born planner and you have excellent organization, business programs are for you. Thereâs also a place for extraverts if you take a sales or marketing program, a subset of business or in accounting if you would rather deal with numbers than people. Every company is going to need people with business skills, even those that do no manufacturing, so you wonât be as industry limited as people who choose engineering programs, and your career advancement is more straight forward. Management, for example, is another explicit part of business programs.
Both business and math take a reasonable degree of math ability and a positive attitude when difficulties come up. If youâre having trouble deciding, it may be a good idea to simply do both. Whether you intend to start your own engineering company and your hands on approach extends to wanting to manage your own administration, or you want to eventually move up to management, business programs help engineers become better with bigger picture problems as well as solving everyday technical problems. Graduates from engineering programs go back to school all the time for additional business education, and thereâs no reason not to reverse the trend if you already picked business for the same career advantage. Similarly, if youâve been put in charge of working with engineers, even a few courses in engineering will help you understand their challenges and way of thinking for better communication and budgeting.
At the end of the day, whether a person picks engineering or business programs, what matters most is if theyâre happy with their career. The right choices when deciding your education path can have a lasting impact on your life, so pick well!
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