It's been a great month for discussion on SWE's social media channels. An especially informative conversation took place last month on Facebook when Amanda B. came to SWE looking for advice: "I am starting my Engineering degree this year (Electrical or Biomedical, I'm not 100% sure yet) and I was looking for advice on minors or possibly a double major that would be beneficial." Check out a sampling of the best responses below:
"I'm of two minds ... most engineering degrees that I've seen are simply a class away from a math minor. However, I think many people view minors as something you would do as a hobby, but not as a career, to balance out the major. So something in the humanities, or art/music, or whatever you fancy. As far as double-majors, with one of them being an engineering discipline, all I can say is that I admire that kind of ambition! I know engineers who didn't even take a minor because the engineering workload was so demanding." - Brandy P.
"I got my German minor and just graduated with my Mechanical Engineering degree. Being able to speak German made me stand out with companies. Also gives you a chance to work internationally. Honestly whatever you decide to do, get involved in an organization and enjoy your college years." - Christina B.
"Communications Studies. Not hard, but complements the engineering degree very nicely and shows employers you have those communication skills." - Janice M.
"Instead of loading up on extra classes, take the bare minimum you can and spend that time pursuing independent projects and research. Grades and classes are much less important than what you will learn (and get to talk about at interviews and in grant/grad school applications) from your projects." - Anna C.
"It depends on what you want to do with your career. A double technical degree has lots of benefit in R&D ... A double/minor in international finance or a foreign language is great if you want to work for a company with international work opportunities. If you like to write, a double/minor in a Humanities area will make you a first choice for proposal writing and marketing teams. All are great options! Do what YOU like and study hard and you'll find a job whatever you study—even with 'just' one engineering degree." - Elizabeth M.
"Some minors that might be useful include: Computer Science, Math, Bio, Physics, Chemistry, etc. I found in EE it was really valuable to program but it is also always useful to have a background that will allow you to bridge the gap between the sciences if you ever need to for work - I'd take as many classes from these different disciplines as possible!" - Genevieve K.
"Mainly something that interests you. College is about making connections and finding what you love. No one will ever ask your minor. Use your time to explore yourself. A few years in after you start your job you will be learning and coding all new things. Get started on the journey of loving learning now and improve your chances of finding a career you love. Writing and communication are critical in the work force. But being happy is most critical." - Dan M.
"I loved getting a minor in women's studies because it was perfect counterpoint for my engineering program: small classes of mostly female students that focused on discussion and writing!" - Angela H.
The whole thread is a great collection of advice for any collegiate member who's interested in double majoring or has questions about which minor to pursue. Be sure to check out some of the other great discussions that have gone on at SWE's Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin pages and be sure to add your voice to our next one.