So, I am about to finish my basic studies in mechanical engineering in fall '09. After that I will need to choose a specific field of intrest in which I continue my advanced studies in.
When I started to study, 3 years ago, I always wanted to go into automotive Engineering. Hence I started to read books about automotive since the day I joined university. Now I already know alot about cars and have more or less lost my intrest in them. Besides that, if you take a look at the job market its not pretty attractive either.
So I started thinking what I want to do now and visited a few possible lectures from fields I could go in to. What I liked the most so far is "energy management and mechanical process engineering". Those two make up for like 80% of germanys industry so its no bad thing to do (having back in mind the possible impact of regenrative energy sources in the future).
Hence I visited that lecture but I found out that somehow I am confronted with a very HUUUGGGEE field of study, with alot of information and one can barely learn em all, if he wants to excel at one someday. And given my indecisive nature I really felt lost and couldnt settle for a decision.
The main thing is for example, if I go into "wind power station" technology for example, I will be prolly stuck in an office as an engineer calculating all day some equations over and over again.
Dont get me wrong, I like to get lost into abstract mathematics and I like to spent alot of time trying to solve equations, which serve no practical cause in the end, but I like to choose which topics intrest me myself. And I fear if I specialize as a mechanical engineer, I could be faced to work in the same field all my life long, in which I am good, but in which my inventive ability or need to be faced with new challenges may be totally not needed.
The ability to work like the stereotypical picture of an engineer, who sits in his cellar and assembles an air con for a motorcycle, is a romantic image, but is prolly more like an hobby. To be able to get paid for a job like this, you prolly need to be really good, cause then you are trusted with a lot of money for your research. And I am pretty sure, I will never get there, cause not nerdy enough .
So, I found out about another field I could go in. That special field is called "Sales Engineering and Product Management".
And if I go in that field I could specialize in "energy management and chemical process engineering" aswell, but in the end I would be more like a hybrid engineer, who knows something of all fields. Specialized then to work as a Sales Engineer or Project Manager. Then my work wouldnt have to be limited to an office and I could actually work with people.“Sales engineer” (sometimes known as “systems engineer”, or “SE” for short) is one of those unique professions made possible by specialization of labor in an advanced post-industrial economy. Simply put, SEs apply their technical expertise in support of the sale of complex technological products, typically computer hardware, software, and/or services.
I am working as a student now atm for the department of the promotion of economic development for my hometown. And there I got a first glimpse at the business world. And I have to say I really like it. You drive around with customers, small talk with them about the things that intrest them, explain them technical problems or technical masterpieces (get to know their personalities to which you adapt yourself ). It's a pretty funny world indeed.
My basic fear in that field would only be that you could end up like a bagman, who always has to fear for his job, cause he doesnt meet his sales statistic. But I think that could happen to you aswell, if you calculate a cog wrong in mechanical engineering and destroy the whole windmill.
So you see, I am basically searching for a secure occupation (which is prolly an oxymoron) and a versatile job.
My soft skills have grown a little rusty lately, due to intensive study of mechanical engineering, as has suffered my ability to formulate clear sentences , but I think given some time of practice they will recover.
So I have wrote alot of BS now and thank you for reading.
So what do you think, is it in general more clever to proceed on the path and take the chance to become a mechanical office engineer or is it more clever to pursue the way and become a sales engineer. On both ways I would finish with a MSc.
Thanks for your thoughts in advance.