Brendan’s aspirations

This semester will be my last before graduation, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have aspirations for this semester. Academics wise, my main goal is to finish off my mechanical engineering degree so I have the necessary qualifications to find an engineering job. I am also taking a few biology-inspired ME courses as well, as the biomedical engineering field is one that I am potentially interested in. Outside of academics, I’m hoping to expand my horizons. I have spent most of my previous years at CU racing for our cycling team, and while it’s been a good experience I need a year away from it. Training and racing take a lot of time, and I haven’t been able to do much else besides studying. I’ve filled the free time this semester by studying more, working at Covidien/Medtronic, and playing basketball (something I did in high school).

Post graduation, I definitely am looking for an engineering job. I don’t have a particular preference of where I want to work or what type of engineering I want to do, but that’s why I chose ME: it’s the most flexible of the engineering majors. As stated before, I could go into biomedical engineering (designing medical devices) as my experiences at Medtronic have been very positive, and it’s an interesting thing to do. Other jobs I see myself doing are being an engineer in the bike industry, or in the electronics industry (mainly smartphones).

My dream job would be one that meets 3 criteria: it should be work that I enjoy doing, it should be challenging and rewarding but also not take over my life time-wise, and it should pay well. I have seen how workaholics live their lives, and I certainly do not want to be like them. I want to strike a balance in life with my dream job: I want to feel like I’m accomplishing something, but also have time to enjoy my life at the same time. This means time to go cycling, travel, while still having a good salary to pay the bills. This ties in exactly to what kind of XYZ I want to be: someone who does what they like for a living, and having fun along the way.




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  • Meridith Richter
    February 21, 2016 9:46 pm

    I think balance is really important as well, I’m glad you had time this semester to include some fun activities as well school and work into your schedule. It sounds like you’ve got an in already with where you work now, and biomedical engineering would definitely prove to be an interesting and relevant career. Or, whatever you end up doing, it’s awesome that you have the skills and motivation to pursue many different, valuable options.

  • Shawn Sprinkle
    February 21, 2016 9:06 pm

    I also chose mechanical engineering for the flexibility. That’s cool you got a job at Medtronic! Do you think you’ll work there after you graduate?


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