Lots of students who write me have a career-choice dilemma on their hands, but none quite like that of RDX. Which is the writer’s name, btw. I like it.
I think if I was going to have a three-letter moniker, I’d definitely have the last letter be X. JDX. How’s that sound? Anyway, here’s RDX’s dilemma:
Hello Judge Josh,
I read your blog all the time and it is very informative and entertaining.
Thanks, and thanks!!
I’m currently studying in my second year in mechanical engineering. Earlier I had a plan of pursuing my bachelors in mechanical engineering and then my masters in aerospace engineering, but now I’m sort of confused whether I should continue with my current plan or go for my other interest i.e government armed forces.
Well, a master’s in aerospace engineering is not poorly suited to the Armed Forces, since they crank out the most sophisticated aircraft in the world. Or, you know, they contract it out to places like Lockheed Martin, but still, they’re right up in there with some serious aerospace engineering.
I always had a passion of being a detective (of course James bond movies have attracted me, even though real detectives are not like james bond).
True, at least from what I see on “The First 48.” Mostly they’re just workaday Joes who get precious little sleep and no time with their family because they’re too busy solving murders. (Exception: Detroit. Those guys never seem to solve anything.)
I’m interested in being a detective, but at the same time I am also interested in being an engineer. I’m very technical and possess skills of both areas.
Well, that sounds great so far. Being skilled in multiple areas rarely, rarely hurts a guy.
Though my brother is offering me a job as an operations manager in his business after I graduate, however his business has nothing to do with engineering and is all based on service product selling. If I continue with engineering or my brothers business I will make enough money for a livelihood but usually detectives are one of the lowest paid people.
Well, I agree — engineering itself and the sales of engineering services are both probably going to turn out a helluva lot more lucrative than being a detective. Not to mention, you’ve got some built-in hurdles if you want to be a detective for an actual law enforcement agency.
You need to first have some law enforcement training, the amount of which varies from place to place. Some places you have to have a college degree just to join the force. In the smallest of small towns, you can get on board with a high school diploma and a clean drug test. In those towns everyone’s a detective, but the volume of action is pretty low.
In a larger police force, though, you can’t just be a detective right off — you’ve got to grind out several years at other lower-end posts before you can make detective.
The quickest route to becoming a detective for you is probably to become a private detective, which is a lot more unregulated and therefore faster. I’d point you in the right direction of a good place to start for some private-dick education, but that’s well beyond my sphere of knowledge, I’m afraid.
I looked into Embry Riddle, which is offering both a masters in aerospace engineering and masters in global logistics (i.e. related to detective stuff).
I believe that’s gonna be much toward the engineering side and not so much the detective stuff. A disclaimer here, my dad is an Embry-Riddle grad and I wrote a separate post about Embry-Riddle way back when. It’s a great aerospace school, but you’re not going to learn to be a detective there.
In the future I can go there and pursue a masters in both, but the problem that kicks in is where will I get the money because I am not an american citizen/resident, and I want to do my masters within 5 years of my bachelor degree, and the confusion still stands as what should I choose as my career path between the two because I’m interested in both but if I have to choose one so pursuing a masters in both would be kind of foolish.
Well, I’m not sure exactly what you’re thinking in terms of being a detective, but if you want someone else to pay you to do that, you’re probably going to have to do it on your own as a private detective. The pay there is low as well, but at least you’ll be your own boss, and also, you can wear tuxedos, drink martinis and charm ladies at your complete discretion.
Then there’s always the CIA, of course, if you’re looking for more excitement than chasing around cheating spouses and investigating insurance fraud (although I suspect that CIA spying probably isn’t quite the adrenaline rush that all the Bourne movies make it out to be, either). However, it’s definitely international espionage, right? And they’re always looking for people.
James Bond would be proud of you, RDX.
Thanks for your help,
What about you all? Any aspiring or current James Bond types out there with advice for RDX? Let us know in the comments below.