[Coco] OT: Thoughts about going back to school full time.
jdaggett at gate.net
jdaggett at gate.net
Sun Dec 4 23:02:29 EST 2005
In the current climate I would state this based on personal
experience. IF one is over 50 yrs of age and contemplating a BSEE
or even a BSET to move and gain advancement with another
company is not a good decission. If you are doing it to advance
within the company you are working at then by all means go for it.
Right now if there are two engineers equally matched in skills, one
over 50yrs old and the other say 35 yrs old, the younger enginner
will win out. Simply because of cost of benefits. To gain
advancement with in the company you work for is okay. To gain the
education to move on to another company and if you ar older than
50yrs old will be a mistake.
There is not supposed to be age descrimination in hiring, but in a
quiet way there is. Proving it is far more difficult than it is worth the
time and effort.
In some circles the BSET is not as prefered as the BSEE is.
Reasoning is the BSET has less math requirements. A BSEE will
have 23 semester hours of mathematics in a 128 hour degree
program. There are two courses that are not part of the BSET that
are apart of the BSEE program. These are:
1) Analysis of Linear Systems
2) ElectroMagnetic Fields and Waves.
Linear Systems is the main course that separates techs from
enegineers. Heavy in theory and in math. Fields in Waves is to
some a brutal course as it requires visualization of three
deminsional concepts and mathematics. I just loved those triple
spherical integrals and gradients. Not to leave out Maxwell's
just my opinion
On 4 Dec 2005 at 14:43, Jim Cox wrote:
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> I realize this is OT, but there is a lot of wisdom on this
> list and I thought that besides search the web for info,
> I'd ask here for toughts, ideas, and strategies for going
> back to school full time.
> Right now I am taking C programming on the side and while
> I enjoy it, I am finding that between work and everything
> else, I am running out of bandwidth. I know that there
> will be a lot of sacrifices, but I am wondering if going
> back to school full time might be the answer. Also I am
> dealing with a major case of career burnout, and I mean
> I'm looking at a program at local university for a BSET
> degree, since that would allow me to leverage my 23 years
> as a tech plus my AAS in Electronics. My one concern
> though is most of my experience is in test, and I want to
> move into engineering. Is a BSET the right choice?
> For those of you who after working for a while, quit and
> went back to school full time, how did you do it? Did
> you take out loans or did you just save up the money.
> If you have any thoughts, I'd like to hear from you, but
> please reply off line. Thanks!
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