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#245 - 03/13/2003 13:05 PM Back so soon?

I graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering about 10 months ago. The job market for entry level mechanical engineers was bad when I got out and it's gotten steadily worse since and the future doesn't look any better. Would it be unusual if I went back and picked up a BS in a different major so soon? I've been considering a business degree.

#246 - 04/02/2003 11:43 AM Re: Back so soon?

BDH, hang in there. Your degree has tremendous value - in many ways. You may want to get involved with a career search support group, and ask your college's placement office to help you. Often times, your professors have contacts in the field, and would offer their help. Talk to people in the field - employees that are doing the jobs you want. They can give you the inside "scoop", and might suggest some training (not another degree) to support your engineering degree to help you become more competitive. You
may need to take an "intro" job, to become noticed and advance in your career. If, after all this investigation, you decide to return to higher education and obtain a degree in business, most all your previous work should transfer to this new program. Between 60-90 credits could apply to a business administration degree, and with accelerated adult learner programs, you could complete this degree within one year. You might also consider obtaining an MBA in about the same timeframe. For your time and money this may be a better option - higher level degrees are always more recognized.

Faith Ivery, Ed.D.
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