College or University?
I was catching up with a friend of mine that worked in the oilsands and he suggested I look at NAIT and SAIT since they offer programs that have great opportunities. I did and I ended up applying for the power engineering tech 2 year program at both schools. I recently found out that I was accepted at both schools but because of all the applicants I was placed on a wait list so instead of starting in fall of 2013 I'll be starting in fall of 2014. My family thinks that I should enroll back into university in engineering instead, after telling them that most of the power engineering type work will probably be shift type work they were disappointed. My family is also very traditional asian so shift work in the oilsands to them is like a death sentence. I would have maybe 3 or 4 courses that could be transferred and I would be able to start this fall. My main issue is cost and time at this point. My first degree was pretty much all paid for through scholarships and northern Canada bursaries which I've used up and don't qualify for anymore. Both programs seem to have great employment prospects although the friend that is working in the oilsands was an engineer grad that's not working in his field but that's just outlier example. The other issue which is a petty one is pride. Going to college after a degree feels like a downgrade. I know it shouldn't bother me but there is always this lingering feeling at the back of my head that's telling my that I can do better.
I'm just looking for others input and advice on my situation.