Why did I choose this course:
I had chosen my course because of my highschool professor. It all goes back in my 4th year high. I am not a very studious guy back then. But when it comes to mathematics, I find my out of the test problems. It turned out that on our final examinations, I got a perfect score like those of our top students. My professor won't believe me and even told me it is impossible for me to do such and maybe there's a leakage event. My blood had rushed because of the imposition but still I stayed my calm but promised someday to prove to her that I could do whatever her top students could do. I admit that what happened that day had given me the inspiration to take a course being avoided by my peers. On my younger years, I only planned to only have a 2 year course for me to find a job sooner. But because of what had happened, I decided to find a course in line with mathematics but still be in demand by the year I could graduate. So I had taken Engineering would that would best fit me.
About my college education:
I had taken up Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, a 5-year course for understanding the principles in relation to electricity and it's application to the real world.
I had learned both basic and advanced electrical principles. Also from other subjects I had learned basic C++ & Java Programming as well as been well versed in 2D AutoCAD and basic 3D. (These subjects are hard at first but believe me, they are easy once you get the hang of it, you'll even enjoy).
From my first three years on my course, the hardest for me is higher math subject "differential equations" (Don't mind much about the name, it's just theoretical equations taken from nature and being figured out on how to be applied to today's life). Major subjects are hard too but with proper attention, persistence and guts, I had conquered all of it and even finished my college degree in 5-year time without any failed subject.
Examinations and quizzes are likely tough specially on major subjects, but I always motivate myself to be tougher. Yes, many of my peers had failed, retaken the subjects. By the time of graduation, less than half of my starting class had made it. (Not all had failed here, some had only shift courses for their personal reason).
The most important thing I had acquired from college was not just all the knowledge but also my self-esteem. Being able to graduate as an Electrical Engineer is a not easy task. Being able to accomplish it in 5 years makes it harder. But after all this drama, it paves all the hardships upon my commencement rites, seeing my diploma handed to me as I walk onstage. It boosts my morality and elevated my confidence.
My current job:
As of today I serve as a project manager in the field as well as head of the engineering department. I have the responsibility of the planning, execution and closing of the projects I handled, typically relating to electrical construction.
Am I using what I learned in college:
As what I said earlier, I had first been employed as an AutoCAD operator. It's good that I had taken this subject back on college (2nd year as I remember). Because I am still familiar with the software, it became easy for me to cope with my new job. I'm quite fast and keen to details.
A month after, I was promoted as an Office Engineer. I had handled office works and because I am also familiar with layout and wiring (based theories studied on college major subjects) it's not hard for me to cope with the new environment I am in.
So then after 2 years, I am promoted as Head of the Engineering Department and later on as a Project Manager. On management, I am not the best but still good enough so my boss entitles me. Here, I certainly want to read books about Engineering Management just like in college to add a little more knowledge.
How long did it take to find a job after graduation:
After graduation on April 2010, I didn't search for a job yet for the reason I still need to review a few months before the board examination on September of the same year. I needed to pass it to have a license and I did it. A week after I got my license (1st week of November) I started to look for a job. And so I did and been employed on November 22, 2010. I applied as a rookie engineer but been employed as an AutoCAD Operator but only a month promoted as an Office Electrical Engineer. Two years later I had been promoted as the Head of the Engineering Department. And today, I am promoted as a Project Manager but still bear title as being the Head of Engineering.
Do I recommend studying BS in Electrical Engineering:
I would recommend this course because of both reasons: Employment Opportunities and Salary Level.
Graduate of Electrical Engineering (even better if license earned) could work on many fields like as follows; as a cadet engineer or supervisor on industrial plants, power plants and substations and the like; as an estimator, cost engineer, procurement engineer, contract engineer or project engineer and manager in construction industry; as a maintenance supervisor or property engineer for buildings; as a professor of electrical engineering subjects and other related studies; be also in sales and distribution for electrical equipment and machines that specialty of electrical engineers.
Degree holder as an electrical engineer also provides many opportunities in other countries. Lots of international companies need electrical engineers and are willing to employ people from other countries such as Philippines. Not to mention the credibility that Filipinos are great workers.
As a starting engineer, you could expect salary starting between Php10,000-Php18,000. But as with experience being gained and learned, also comes promotions and higher salary upgrades.
Supervisory / Managerial level could reach Php30,000-Php50,000 or even higher depending on the company, the performance and gained experience. This is realistic.
Advice to people who are thinking of studying this course:
Have a heart for the course. If you choose this course, assure yourself that you choose this because you like it and you are ready for any challenges that may arise from then on. This is your choice, which will shape up your future so you are to decide carefully.
Always find a motivation: Maybe someone, something or even a somehow to urge you to keep moving. Never let anyone pull you down through their unjust impositions or gestures that you can't. Do not entertain negative ideas that you can't.
Have friends, not for you to have someone to copy to. But to have others to help you can work hand in hand on reviews and help you with other learning resources. Have someone you could share your ideas and exchange knowledge. Besides, it's nice to have friends accompanying you all the way up to graduation.
Know your basic math. Build a foundation on 2 key subjects, Algebra and Trigonometry. It's like the A-B-C basics of electrical engineering, as a matter
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