I know I need a degree, but in what?
April 27, 2012 6:12 PM Subscribe
I'm 24, I've been kicked out of college twice, and I want a degree that will be a good springboard for going into the guitar effects/amplification field. Also, a >$40k salary starting out would be nice. Is electrical engineering the right fit for what I'm looking for?
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I cheated my way through high school and graduated with a 3.7 and absolutely no study habits. I then got a scholarship to a somewhat prestigious private university where instead of going to class or studying, I formed a band with other students and toured extensively in the local area while spending my free time smoking weed. After getting kicked out for academic performance I spent a year at home trying to figure out my direction and decided to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at the local state school. My first semester in the program I relapsed into my old stoner ways and subsequently dropped out of school. I've spent the last 2 years working part-time jobs, playing music on my own, tinkering with making beats, and thinking about my life situation.
I know that I won't ever be able to live the life I want on a part-time salary, and I know that ideally I'd want to have a degree that would allow me to enter the guitar effects or amplification fields later on if I were so inclined. I'm thinking about electrical engineering because from what I've heard from two friends who are both electrical engineers, the salary straight out of school with a decent (>3.5) GPA is somewhere between $40,000-50,000 USD (with room for growth several years down the road) and that the actual workload is rarely more than 50 hours/week.
Given my circumstances and desires, would electrical engineering be a good fit for me? What advice would you give to someone considering a degree in electrical engineering? I'd love to hear from electrical engineers, if possible.