Would a degree still be enough in engineering after a decade in the military? [Solved]
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Hi, I’m a student at the Cooper Union. Currently my major is Civil Engineering, but I am switching to Mechanical as soon as I can, with a focus on Aerospace (the school only has MechE, CivE, ChemE, and EE). I am considering going in the Air Force ROTC program at another school. My one fear is that, as the program I would want to do in ROTC would be pilot, my degree won’t be enough for a job as an aerospace engineer after 10 years in the military, as I wouldn’t have totally been in the engineering field for that time. Are these fears unfounded? I’m also a sophomore, what are my options?
I hope you will like mechanical engineering! It is a way different than civil engineering but I am sure you can make it. Even if you are not an aerospace engineer, you can still work in the same positions as aerospace engineers if you have enough background. (For example being a stress engineer!)
To speak about ROTC program, you should decide what you want actually. If you love being pilot and a soldier, that can be the best option for you. But if you adore engineering and would like to continue your life as an engineer, I doubt that it will be a good option to join engineering after 10 years in army. (Except that you will be an engineer in army).Because you will not have any “first experience” in engineering field.
So if you want to be an engineer, I recommend you to continue your career in engineering and maybe even consider having a master in one specialized aerospace field.
It seems like you should choose what you want to be because these are two different areas. (Both are amazing!)
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All the best!