Originally posted by fenris:
I didn’t bother going to school for either field. I find it more intuitive to seek knowledge by your own desire to learn. Why is it you need these diplomas and proper formal documents to declare your worth?
I wish it worked this way. I knew a hell of a lot 4 years ago, but it still didn’t get me a job. It was only until this February that I was lucky enough to stumble on a job (through an interesting set of circumstances no less) that was willing to take me on, at first as a low-risk co-op, but with the intention of full time, which I happily am now. Mind you, I still need 15 credits of coursework to complete my BS in CS. It came down to the fact that I am but one semester away from graduating that got me this position anyways.
Now, keep in mind, it took me 3 1/2 years of actively looking for a job like this before I found one. Everywhere I went the reaction was the same, no funny letters after your name, no job. High School dimplomas mean squat these days, its no longer the 50’s and 60’s. An associates degree (which I’ve had for 2 years now) is pretty much the equivalent of the high school diploma as well. So moral is, if you want money, go to school. If you want to get anywhere in life and this world, go to school.
And to answer the original author’s question, do whatever your heart leads you to do. If you think that you’ll enjoy programming more than engineering, go CS. Otherwise…
Just remember, world wide these days, most people have a tendency to stay in the career/field that they initially choose for about 15 years. Then, well, its back to school.
I wish you good luck in your studies no matter what you choose, and I’ll stop blathering now.