1. It's easy to get your first job
Electrical engineering students find their first job fairly easily because most employers in the field search for fresh minds, with fresh knowledge and at the same time they get young people they can mould to their own specific needs and turn them into experts.
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2. You can work in another country
Working as electrical engineer opens you lots of opportunities in other countries. Laws of math, electricity and physics are universal and your gained knowledge doesn't limit you to only the country you studied in. There are a lot of international companies that need electrical engineers, also most of them are willing to employ people from other countries, and most of them operate on an international level that offers you additional options for travelling while working. Besides, you are usually getting paid well for it!
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3. Computer skills
The modern world is run by computers. Most people use it on a regular basis, but some still struggle with operations that demand extra knowledge, that goes beyond just "click this icon". Electrical engineers are faced with computer problems on every step of their studies and also every day of their job. That's why we usually gain computer skills during studies when we have to install different programmes for our studies, run analysis and tweak components or electrical circuits. Computers become parts of us and we know that hitting them won't make them run faster. But fixing might...
4. Top ranked engineering schoolsThe best schools in the world provide top-quality electrical engineering programmes. You'll learn the secrets of the trade from the best international professors, in classes equipped with top notch technology. Check out just a few programmes provided by universities ranked in top 100 Times Higher Education Rankings:
- University of Oxford, UK
- Columbia University, USA
- Johns Hopkins University, USA
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), USA
- University of Queensland, Australia
- RWTH Aachen University, Germany
5. The adrenaline rush
Maybe adrenaline isn't the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about electrical engineering, but trust me, there will be a lot of adrenaline rush moments if you get in electrical engineering. Occasional jolts of electrical charge that hits you when you aren't paying attention and touch the leads of charged capacitor or when you connect 2 wires that you shouldn't or an electrical component more or less explodes in front of your eyes because you connected it to the testing board in the wrong way... Those events make you jump out of your chair and definitely raise your adrenaline level. On the other hand, you won't most likely do the same mistake again!
6. Plenty of affordable study options
Electrical engineering Master degrees are some of the most popular in the world after MBAs, and many can have steep tuition fees. However, not all electrical engineering masters are expensive! You just have to know where to look and find the perfect location in terms of price and quality. More affordable doesn't mean you'll get an inferior learning experience. You can find low-tuition engineering Master's degrees in countries like Finland, Austria, Denmark, Belgium or Sweden, among many others.
DIY or "Do It Yourself" is one of the more exciting reasons to get into electrical engineering. When you know how stuff works, what usually malfunction and what are the basic rules of electrical engineering you can make your own stuff that usually you need to search for and buy. It's not always cheaper, although some solutions will save you a great deal of money, but it works as you want it to work and it's your own creation what gives it additional value and also nice reference in your CV if you are applying for a job. DIY creations are unlimited.
8. Mr./Mrs. Fix-It
Not only everyday fixes, like changing a burned out light bulb or faulty fuse aren't scary moments anymore - you might also be able to cope with more complex problems with your computer etc. That doesn't only save you money, but also works great as a pick-up line...
9. New stuff gets out all the time - it's never boring
Electrical and electronic components are modified, invented and reinvented every day, so you will never be bored because of using the same process or component for the last 10 years. New and exciting stuff is available all the time and you will have lots of fun testing and assembling it.
10. Only a few simple rules to follow
- Things work better when plugged in.
- Electrical components work on smoke - when it gets out you are in trouble.
- If things don't work, read the manual.