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Old 03-13-2008, 11:57 PM
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What kind of major is this

Ok.. I am really thinking mechanical engineering will be my forte... sure I am pretty good at CAD and stuff like that... But.. I really like organizing events and things.. and counting things and saving money ...


what major would that be?

ooo I also like selling stuff and telling people what is good for them.. Marketing??

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Old 03-14-2008, 01:21 AM
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I'd look at business and marketing, or something in the field of management. Or you could go with engineering, take a few business courses on the side, maybe later get a masters in business/management/marketing. There are endless ways to combine a knack for mechanical engineering with something like marketing.

I do know this: Not English. Not that I'm saying I have any regrets ... but ...
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Old 03-14-2008, 01:48 AM
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Work this into it too.

You have amply demonstrated to us, an ability for putting together deals and marketing.

Never forget you have that gift. Few people have it.

It is pure *gold* in this country.

Used by itself OR with just about any other major.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:32 AM
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I like Bodhi's idea....I'd seriously combine the two. It's a rarity for someone in the engineering field to excel in both the technical and social aspects of the industry......and the people that do, do quite well.

For example - my boss is a robotic genius in regard to bridge design. Nothing escapes him on the technical side. But he is totally a quirky introvert that very few people (and clients) can deal with. But if he could command both?

Personally (I'm biased) I'd go for the engineering degree first and get a Master's in business- become a professional engineer and find the right company that rewards you for bringing in new clients/marketing. You'll have the technical side covered.....you'll understand what you're selling/talking about it and TheDonna will simply melt before your mighty powers.

Or - start your own business and stick it to the man.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:34 AM
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I hate engrish(classes)

I do suppose I could combine the two.. I'll talk with a dean or whatever it is I talk to around here
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:37 AM
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Ok.. I am really thinking mechanical engineering will be my forte... sure I am pretty good at CAD and stuff like that... But.. I really like organizing events and things.. and counting things and saving money ...


what major would that be?

ooo I also like selling stuff and telling people what is good for them.. Marketing??
Marketing/Sales Promotion. Could always do a Major in ME w/a Minor in Marketing or double major if you're ambitious. Which I'm not.

Tupperware, Avon or Mary Kay?
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:29 AM
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Dude...get a bachelors in Mechanical Engineering. If you still want to go get an MBA after that, it'd be pretty easy. But, I have to say, designing stuff can be fun...it may hook you.
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:32 AM
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Do your MechE all the way without compromise. There are groups that do process engineering. I have a friend who works in one of these groups. I think his official title is process system developer. They spend their day modelling and optimizing systems, specifically the hardware side. So instead of looking at product, they look at equipment.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:11 PM
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Ok.. I am really thinking mechanical engineering will be my forte... sure I am pretty good at CAD and stuff like that... But.. I really like organizing events and things.. and counting things and saving money ...


what major would that be?

ooo I also like selling stuff and telling people what is good for them.. Marketing??
Focus on engineering. Go back to school for marketing if/when you need to...You can learn a lot about marketing in the real world easily. Not so easy learning ME without college.
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Old 03-14-2008, 08:42 PM
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My younger brother earned his BSME in order to work on car design, especially engines. He found a latent knack for control systems and now works with a team designing the shuttle replacement spacecraft for NASA. Think he'd do that with a marketing degree?
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:08 PM
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The marketing talent is useful in any profession. Get the ME and go for it.

One thing I wish I had learned when I was young is that you are ALWAYS selling. Selling your thoughts to the professor or folks on your team, then selling to potential clients, selling your employees too, and you just have to keep selling your clients on the excellent job you are doing.

You can concentrate on the actual work all you want and the fellow who is out there selling all the time will eat your lunch!

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Old 03-14-2008, 09:16 PM
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Old 03-14-2008, 09:21 PM
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Plus an MBA is much better than a minor in business. Get your ME, get your MBA after. A business degree is good for say up to Assistant Marketing Manager (not too bad actually, you can make $80k+) but you really want and MBA to get to Marketing Manager in a big corporation. That's when the bonuses get good. Your job is a lot more volatile, but the bonuses are really good. It's a live by the sword die by the sword kind of job.
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Old 03-15-2008, 08:49 AM
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One thing I wish I had learned when I was young is that you are ALWAYS selling. Selling your thoughts to the professor or folks on your team, then selling to potential clients, selling your employees too, and you just have to keep selling your clients on the excellent job you are doing.
Excellent Advice!!

I would also add that is probably easier to get a good paying job as an engineer than as a marketing major. If you want to go work in the oil industry (Haliburton & another one) all they care is that you have an engineering degree, doesn't matter what kind. They know that you can think, analyze data, and do math. A lot of fields benefit from those skills.

My $.02
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Old 03-15-2008, 01:52 PM
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One thing I wish I had learned when I was young is that you are ALWAYS selling. Selling your thoughts to the professor or folks on your team, then selling to potential clients, selling your employees too, and you just have to keep selling your clients on the excellent job you are doing.

You can concentrate on the actual work all you want and the fellow who is out there selling all the time will eat your lunch!

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But somewhere along the line, find some time to learn basic history, literature, art, music, etc. (ie some liberal arts sort of stuff.) No man is really educated (imho) who lacks basic knowledge in these areas.

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