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How hard is electrical engineering ?

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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I would say the statement "Electrical engineering is hard" has been taken to heart as a postulate by most people. It is definitely not hard or complicated. Yes, it is challenging, but everything will be a challenge until to go to it. A child feels even sitting is challenging, alphabets were challenging in pre-school, algebra was challenging in middle school and Calculus was challenging in High School, but we do work our way through these and learn them over time. Electrical Engineering is not hard to learn, it is not time consuming. You don't work out pages and pages of math, but you need to work your way through it, you need to think, analyze and ponder over it. It needs a different kind of thinking than most other fields. It only needs you to be open minded to grasp it. It is not hard, and it will become easier with time.

I did my Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. Basically my entire career is in this field. Since the question is about Electrical engineering, I will state a few things which makes it different from most other streams of Engineering.

1. You will need to imagine things which you can't see. For instance "electric fields". You can't grasp this concept by looking at a couple of pics or memorizing things, you need to think openly.

2. Most of the things which are taught in EE are related to phenomenon you can see around you. But the finer details will not come to you until you learn by "hand" and not merely by "eyes". If you are doing Electromagnetic theory, try working out the theory, think about the implications of it, how the theory will influence things if, say, the shape of an object changes, etc. This will create interest within you.

3. A major challenge I faced is that the software used in Electrical Engineering applications and are made available to most Universities are more like demo versions and can't take in a lot of computation. For instance, I couldn't analyze the electric field around a circuit while I switch it on/off. I assume things should have changed, but these software are not widely used, which makes life a bit more complicated.

I had always said and believed, asking "Why?" and "How?" has helped me learn more than "What?", "When" and "Where?" It was very true in EE.

If you have just started learning EE, patience, things will fall in place. It may seem hard at the beginning, but everything in advanced EE will sound very simple if you learn the fundamentals thoroughly. There is plenty out there which you can do in EE, and it is a fun area to be in. Enjoy it, and you will find it more appealing to your inner sense.

There are a lot of sub branches in EE, one or the other will definitely be of interest to you once you cross the line learning the fundamentals.

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