10 Good Reasons to Study Electrical Engineering Abroad Study orientation

by Blaž Rošer

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1. It's easy to get your first job

Electrical engineering students fairly easy find their first job because most employers in electrical field search for fresh mind, with fresh knowledge and at the same time they get young people they can mold to their own specific needs and make experts out of them.

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 traveling while working. Besides, you are usually getting paid well for it!

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5. Computer skills

Modern world is run by computers. Most of the people use it on a regular basis, but some still struggle with some operations that demand knowledge, that goes just a little bit beyond "Click an icon". Electrical engineers are faced with computer problems on every step of their studies and also every day on a 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...

6. Adrenaline

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!

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7. DIY

DIY or "Do It Yourself" is one of more exciting reasons why to get in electrical engineering. When you know how stuff works, what usually malfunction and what are 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. You can build a 1 sensor that would cost you 10 in a store or a computer controlled cutter that costs 1000 but you just spent 200 building it.

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...

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9. New stuff gets out all the time - it never gets boring

Electrical and electronic components are modified, invented and reinvented every day, so you will never be bored because you are 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
  1. Things work better when plugged to power
  2. Electrical components work on smoke - when it gets out you are in trouble
  3. If things don't work, read a manual.
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