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For my son, the switch out of civil engineering and into construction engineering management was driven by thoughts that the actual CE work would be as dull and mundane as the classes he was taking. It did not help having a few CE profs tell him it was all behind-the-desk stuff and that teaching was a lot better than practicing. I guess I would say it was buzz-kill that did him in. And, the key thing is that he didn't hear any real life experiences from recent grads/peers in CE, but he did hear from two CEM friends doing internships and loving them.

This convinces me that internships are key and so is having recent grads as mentors. I didn't see that mentioned in the article. Engineering is a really tough program and I'm sure alumni could play a key role in convincing students that are already cutting it or even struggling in it that it's worth it.

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