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#2202 - 09/01/2011 11:27 AM Good idea or bad idea
billyBobb Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 09/01/2011
I graduated with a business degree and spent 5 years working, but it was not fulfilling whatsoever. I want to get into engineering or research based work, specifically biomedical engineering. Am I wrong when I say that grad school is out of the question? I didn't take any calc, bio, chem, or physics classes the first time.

I got accepted into a good school close to home as an undergrad transfer student. About 30 credits will be transferred, so I don't have to do any humanities or gen ed classes, I should be able to finish in 3 years.

Should I just look for a new job, or try to take some courses and get into grad school, or do the undergrad program?

#2211 - 09/06/2011 23:44 PM Re: Good idea or bad idea [Re: billyBobb]
Debra Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 10/31/2009
Loc: Chicago
Hi billyBobb. I wouldn't even begin to try to tell you which of the three options you mentioned is best for you. That's a decision that only you can make. I WILL share this with you: When I have students in situations like yours, I give them a homework assignment. I have them identify a person or persons who work in the field that s/he desires and schedule an informational interview. Most people love talking about what they do and how they got there. By doing this, the student can learn what's required to get that type of position and make educated decisions about what's best.

I will throw this at you-- 1. looking for a job in a field that requires training that you don't have, might prove to be a bit frustrating. 2. Compare the other two options. How many prerequisite courses would you have to take to get into the grad program? They will probably be undergrad courses. How will you pay for them? At some institutions if a student already holds a Bachelors degree they are charged at the higher graduate student rate, no matter what the level of courses being taken. Which route will take the most time? Which route will cost the most? Look at each option--which one will definitely give you the education you need to do what you want to do? Really look at the answers to these questions and base your decision on what's going to get you where you want to be. Good luck!


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