Further Education – Waste of time?
I’ve just had to relearn about superheated steam 17 years after graduating with an Engineering degree. This was probably only about the 5th time that I have had to apply it despite working in a technical job.
Top 5 useful things that I learned during my degree course.
1) How to make decent boiled rice.Posted 8 years ago
2) Speckled Hen makes me puke. Lots.
3) Miller Lite makes me very very angry.
4) If 2 people that you don’t like are having a fight you should sit back and enjoy the show instead of breaking it up.
5) Superheated steam.
You're a steam engineer??
I am today.
[dull]The degree got me the job and demonstrated a capacity to understand the nature of the industry.[/dull]
Being able to speak German/Japanese/Chinese would have suited me better than some of the more advanced maths though.Posted 8 years agostuartie_cMember
Computing Science degree here too.
I used to know a great deal about non-deterministic finite-state automata and function theory and Turing Machines and all sorts of obscure stuff, but was a bit shit with relational databases.
Now I teach 16 year-olds about… relational databases.Posted 8 years agoandy_hamgreenMember
ha ha – Mr Spider – I seem to remember doing :
Thermal Power and Process
and a variety of other equally exciting topics in the final year of my engineering degree many years ago…
can't say I've used many of the concepts during my working life – couldn't even explain what entropy was to my chemistry studying son….
sic transit gloria mundiPosted 8 years agojoemarshallMember
but was a bit shit with relational databases.
Databases are odd because they seem to be really badly taught at universities, on really very boring courses (I fell asleep in a couple of my database lectures). But then when you work with them, you end up doing actually quite fun stuff, making SQL do what you want it to do, whilst not hosing the database by being inefficient is a bit like a crossword puzzle or something*.
The important thing about a degree isn't to teach you specific things that you'll use in your job, it should teach you to learn, which is the most important thing about doing any hard job. At least that's true in Computer Science – in software jobs you need to be able to learn stuff on the job, with the help of google / books etc., being able to pass a Computer Science is an okay indicator of this ability.
*or maybe I'm just a bit sick and twistedPosted 8 years agoFlaperonSubscriber
I have a Physics degree. Probably would have been useful 5 years ago, but now it's simply overqualifying me for every job I apply for. I agree, waste of time if you're seeking it for career advancement (unless it's something like medicine), had a great time at uni though.Posted 8 years ago
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