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#966 - 02/26/2006 16:18 PM First college degree
inktomei Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 02/26/2006
Loc: Kansas City
Hi guys,

Just became a member here. I'm a 29-yr old majoring in Civil Engineering (end of 2nd year). Please allow me to tell a bit about myself.

After I graduated from high school, I took various odd jobs, and finally settled in a computer technical support job. I worked in that field for about 5 years, and realized I was running into a dead end. After thinking it through, I decided to go back to school and major in Civil Engineering.

I'm doing real school with school, and I look forward to becoming an engineer. But sometimes, like many "non-traditional" students, I experience self doubt when I realize I'm competing with all those younger kids. All the worries about not able in finding a job when I graduate, etc (I'll be 32 when I graduate). But some days, I just feel like I'm on top of the world and that I can conquer anything.

Well anyway, enough of my rant. I'm wondering if there's anyone on this board who has similar experience? Any first time engineering major who were successful in finding jobs? Thanks for reading!

#967 - 03/05/2006 16:10 PM Re: First college degree
tcnixon Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 11/21/2004
Loc: California, USA
I think that you will be pleasantly surprised to discover that there are many, many students that are your age. This is a cultural phenomenon in that people are starting "adult-hood" later. 32 is certainly not old and I think you may find that employers appreciate the maturity that comes with age.

Tom Nixon
Author, Complete Guide to Online High Schools
Co-author, Bears' Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning


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