Graduating in mechanical engineering at top school but having huge doubts— time to pivot?
I’ll have both a B.S. and M.S. at a top 4 university (for MechE). I have held product design internships and worked at the top companies, but I can’t help but feel that:
- product design and mechanical engineering roles are almost never as glamorous as they seem (You don’t ~really~ get to come up with product designs, you just make make models/drawings/TAs/etc)
- pay is significantly lower compared to other fields with equal experience (ie software or data science)
- hours tend to be longer than other positions
- Any reputable MechE job tends to be in south bay (not exciting for someone entering mid 20s)
I genuinely love some of the work I’ve done during my schooling and at some of my internships. But I am still doubtful that this is the best career path for me.
I am highly considering a data/software bootcamp or another means of pivoting. Given that data/programming were some of my favorite parts of the mechanical engineering work I’ve done, it seems reasonable albeit challenging.
Has anyone else made a similar decision? Any advice from those on either side?
TC: previously $45/hr @internship