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.