× We offer our visitors 5 free video views. Download the free iOS app here for access to thousands of videos. Schools may contact us for full platform access.
Tourist 261c00ae28d389c346c173f49cc1a8a5
Tags:

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING RESEARCH ASSISTANT, IN-DEPTH: Enough Work, Time To Play

About this video 

Leandra goes into detail about what she likes and doesn't like being an Engineering Research Assistant. She shares as a researcher, they require a lot of your time, but it's worth it in the end.

School: North Carolina State University
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Job Title: Research Assistant
Employer: North Carolina State University

Job Summary: Electrical Engineers

Job Description

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systemsfrom portable music players to global positioning systems (GPS).

On-the-Job Training

None

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
Confirm
$55,000 - $130,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Military, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Mathematical skills, Teamwork, Creativity, Likes working with hands, Problem solving skills

PathSource provides free English transcriptions for each of our informational interviews on video which will appear here after you have signed in. Our advanced transcriptions are highly interactive. They scroll down automatically as the video plays and users can jump to a specific part of the video by clicking on any word in the transcript.

For a small fee, we offer transcriptions in different languages, making PathSource a great tool for English Language Learners. This feature is currently available for customers in the education field only.

Please contact us at support@pathsoruce.com if you have any questions or would like to get a price quote for advanced transcripts offered in a second language.

P3.instances[0].transcript.parse_transcript_data({"transcript":"<p><span m='700'>What</span> <span m='880'>I</span> <span m='900'>like about</span> <span m='1250'>my</span> <span m='1340'>job</span> <span m='1900'>right</span> <span m='2090'>now</span> <span m='2360'>is</span> <span m='2530'>that</span> <span m='2640'>I'm</span> <span m='2720'>a</span> <span m='2760'>student.</span> <span m='3500'>But</span> <span m='3630'>I</span> <span m='3680'>do</span> <span m='3850'>research,</span> <span m='4430'>so</span> <span m='6190'>I'm</span> <span m='6330'>in</span> <span m='6380'>a</span> <span m='6480'>lab</span> <span m='7510'>trying</span> <span m='7810'>to</span> <span m='8160'>solve a</span> <span m='8440'>certain</span> <span m='8750'>goal.</span> <span m='9700'>Since</span> <span m='9940'>I'm</span> <span m='10030'>a</span> <span m='10090'>student</span> <span m='11250'>and</span> <span m='11430'>not</span> <span m='11570'>working</span> <span m='11810'>for a</span> <span m='11940'>company,</span> <span m='12370'>I</span> <span m='12480'>can</span> <span m='12680'>choose</span> <span m='13150'>what</span> <span m='13300'>that</span> <span m='13470'>goal</span> <span m='13690'>is.</span> <span m='13900'>Most</span> <span m='14150'>the</span> <span m='14240'>time,</span> <span m='14490'>I</span> <span m='14540'>have</span> <span m='14730'>a</span> <span m='14790'>say</span> <span m='15100'>in</span> <span m='15290'>what</span> <span m='15460'>I</span> <span m='15540'>do.</span> <span m='16260'>So</span> <span m='16400'>I</span> <span m='16480'>really</span> <span m='16730'>like</span> <span m='16890'>that</span> <span m='17080'>part,</span> <span m='17380'>because I</span> <span m='17460'>can</span> <span m='17620'>direct</span> <span m='18020'>my</span> <span m='18130'>future</span> <span m='18620'>career.</span> <span m='20130'>What</span> <span m='20290'>I</span> <span m='20350'>dislike</span> <span m='21010'>the</span> <span m='21090'>most--</span> <span m='21680'>let's</span> <span m='22140'>see.</span> <span m='23450'>Graduate</span> <span m='23760'>students</span> <span m='24050'>don't</span> <span m='24150'>get</span> <span m='24270'>paid</span> <span m='24450'>a</span> <span m='24490'>lot.</span> <span m='25950'>But</span> <span m='27740'>it's</span> <span m='27840'>also</span> <span m='28080'>very</span> <span m='28290'>high</span> <span m='28480'>stress.</span> </p><p><span m='29010'>Graduate</span> <span m='29360'>school</span> <span m='29580'>is</span> <span m='29730'>very</span> <span m='30000'>stressful,</span> <span m='31900'>and</span> <span m='32090'>so</span> <span m='32320'>a</span> <span m='32460'>lot</span> <span m='32619'>of</span> <span m='32670'>people</span> <span m='32950'>are</span> <span m='33020'>really</span> <span m='33200'>excited</span> <span m='33500'>to</span> <span m='33550'>graduate.</span> <span m='34210'>But</span> <span m='34710'>I</span> <span m='34800'>know</span> <span m='35030'>it'll be</span> <span m='35120'>worth</span> <span m='35330'>it,</span> <span m='35600'>so it's</span> <span m='35975'>not too</span> <span m='36350'>bad.</span> <span m='36860'>Some</span> <span m='37040'>key</span> <span m='37210'>decisions</span> <span m='37640'>I</span> <span m='37690'>made</span> <span m='37900'>in</span> <span m='37950'>my</span> <span m='38070'>career--</span> <span m='40730'>a</span> <span m='40770'>lot</span> <span m='42250'>of</span> <span m='42330'>it</span> <span m='42400'>was</span> <span m='42670'>a</span> <span m='42940'>choosing</span> <span m='43340'>major.</span> <span m='44120'>And</span> <span m='44250'>that</span> <span m='44390'>was</span> <span m='44520'>a</span> <span m='44580'>big</span> <span m='44760'>deal</span> <span m='45060'>for</span> <span m='45190'>me.</span> <span m='45380'>I</span> <span m='45470'>took</span> <span m='45670'>about</span> <span m='45900'>three</span> <span m='46090'>years</span> <span m='46360'>to</span> <span m='46480'>decide.</span> <span m='48420'>I</span> <span m='49010'>originally</span> <span m='49410'>was</span> <span m='49570'>a</span> <span m='49620'>chemical</span> <span m='49960'>engineer.</span> <span m='50450'>And</span> <span m='50520'>I</span> <span m='50580'>took</span> <span m='50770'>those</span> <span m='50940'>classes,</span> <span m='51350'>I</span> <span m='51380'>didn't</span> <span m='51570'>really</span> <span m='51760'>like</span> <span m='51990'>it.</span> <span m='52090'>I</span> <span m='52130'>wasn't</span> <span m='52400'>getting</span> <span m='52590'>very</span> <span m='52790'>engaged.</span> <span m='53660'>So</span> <span m='53780'>I</span> <span m='53840'>switched</span> <span m='54200'>to</span> <span m='54270'>more of</span> <span m='54560'>mathematics,</span> <span m='55260'>because</span> <span m='55420'>I</span> <span m='55520'>knew I was</span> <span m='55890'>good at</span> <span m='56140'>that.</span> <span m='56800'>And</span> <span m='57060'>I</span> <span m='57140'>also</span> <span m='57380'>started</span> <span m='57720'>to</span> <span m='57790'>like</span> <span m='58010'>it a</span> <span m='58060'>lot.</span> </p><p><span m='58420'>So</span> <span m='59710'>that</span> <span m='59960'>led</span> <span m='60140'>to</span> <span m='60250'>electrical</span> <span m='60690'>engineering.</span> <span m='62190'>I</span> <span m='62300'>think</span> <span m='62900'>another</span> <span m='63240'>big</span> <span m='63700'>key</span> <span m='64940'>thing</span> <span m='65319'>that</span> <span m='65820'>changed</span> <span m='66250'>my</span> <span m='66380'>future</span> <span m='66810'>was</span> <span m='67190'>getting</span> <span m='67420'>into</span> <span m='67610'>research</span> <span m='68630'>in</span> <span m='68880'>undergrad</span> <span m='69400'>in</span> <span m='69530'>my</span> <span m='69640'>four</span> <span m='69930'>year</span> <span m='70090'>university.</span> <span m='71860'>It's</span> <span m='72030'>not</span> <span m='72170'>required</span> <span m='72860'>for</span> <span m='73010'>undergraduates</span> <span m='74500'>for</span> <span m='74690'>their</span> <span m='74840'>bachelor's</span> <span m='75300'>to</span> <span m='75390'>do</span> <span m='75540'>research,</span> <span m='76000'>but</span> <span m='76110'>I</span> <span m='76180'>think</span> <span m='76530'>you</span> <span m='76680'>undergraduate</span> <span m='77190'>research</span> <span m='77560'>really</span> <span m='78590'>lets</span> <span m='78770'>you</span> <span m='78840'>know</span> <span m='78960'>a</span> <span m='79010'>lot</span> <span m='79190'>about</span> <span m='79390'>the</span> <span m='79470'>field,</span> <span m='79790'>or</span> <span m='79900'>even</span> <span m='80140'>internships</span> <span m='80720'>are</span> <span m='80770'>very</span> <span m='80940'>similar</span> <span m='81320'>too.</span> <span m='81960'>But</span> <span m='82170'>they</span> <span m='82300'>let</span> <span m='82480'>you</span> <span m='82590'>know</span> <span m='82730'>a</span> <span m='82780'>lot</span> <span m='82980'>about</span> <span m='83160'>the</span> <span m='83240'>field,</span> <span m='83720'>and</span> <span m='84490'>you</span> <span m='84670'>get</span> <span m='84780'>a</span> <span m='84830'>lot</span> <span m='85020'>more</span> <span m='85140'>experience.</span> <span m='86030'>I'm</span> <span m='86150'>not</span> <span m='86410'>searching</span> <span m='86730'>for</span> <span m='86840'>jobs</span> <span m='87190'>right</span> <span m='87370'>now,</span> <span m='87700'>so I'm</span> <span m='87930'>not</span> <span m='88160'>quite</span> <span m='88420'>sure</span> <span m='88650'>how</span> <span m='88780'>difficult</span> <span m='89250'>it</span> <span m='89310'>is</span> <span m='89460'>to</span> <span m='89530'>get</span> <span m='89670'>a</span> <span m='89750'>job</span> <span m='90040'>in</span> <span m='90120'>my</span> <span m='90250'>industry.</span> <span m='92690'>Quick</span> <span m='92970'>searches</span> <span m='93330'>online</span> <span m='93800'>show</span> <span m='94000'>a</span> <span m='94030'>lot</span> <span m='94220'>of</span> <span m='94350'>open</span> <span m='94660'>positions.</span> </p><p><span m='95620'>Work</span> <span m='95850'>life</span> <span m='96140'>balance--</span> <span m='99500'>as</span> <span m='99690'>a</span> <span m='99740'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='100130'>student,</span> <span m='100380'>you're</span> <span m='100490'>really</span> <span m='100680'>busy.</span> <span m='101950'>They</span> <span m='102070'>need</span> <span m='102280'>a</span> <span m='102320'>lot</span> <span m='102500'>of</span> <span m='102590'>your</span> <span m='102720'>time.</span> <span m='103050'>You're</span> <span m='103560'>working</span> <span m='104350'>in</span> <span m='104470'>a</span> <span m='104520'>lab</span> <span m='104930'>most</span> <span m='105250'>the</span> <span m='105340'>time</span> <span m='105690'>and</span> <span m='106360'>also</span> <span m='106690'>taking</span> <span m='107070'>classes.</span> <span m='108790'>Recently.</span> <span m='109140'>in the</span> <span m='109490'>last</span> <span m='110210'>year,</span> <span m='111070'>I've</span> <span m='111240'>been</span> <span m='111380'>better</span> <span m='111720'>about</span> <span m='112060'>going</span> <span m='112350'>out</span> <span m='112570'>and</span> <span m='112710'>doing</span> <span m='113700'>social</span> <span m='114070'>things.</span> <span m='114350'>The</span> <span m='114440'>first</span> <span m='114680'>couple</span> <span m='114940'>of</span> <span m='115130'>years,</span> <span m='115440'>I</span> <span m='115480'>was</span> <span m='115600'>so</span> <span m='115740'>stressed</span> <span m='116200'>about</span> <span m='116640'>making</span> <span m='117030'>a good</span> <span m='117090'>impression</span> <span m='117480'>on</span> <span m='117520'>my</span> <span m='117650'>professor</span> <span m='118370'>and</span> <span m='119210'>getting</span> <span m='119480'>my</span> <span m='119610'>position</span> <span m='120150'>set</span> <span m='120450'>up.</span> <span m='121620'>But</span> <span m='121860'>now,</span> <span m='122050'>it's</span> <span m='122570'>better.</span> <span m='123410'>You</span> <span m='124040'>have</span> <span m='124150'>to</span> <span m='124240'>force</span> <span m='124490'>yourself</span> <span m='124790'>to</span> <span m='124860'>be</span> <span m='124970'>like,</span> <span m='125180'>OK.</span> <span m='125420'>I've</span> <span m='125510'>done</span> <span m='125650'>enough</span> <span m='125850'>work</span> <span m='126000'>today.</span> <span m='127200'>It's</span> <span m='127290'>time</span> <span m='127470'>to</span> <span m='127540'>go</span> <span m='127690'>play.</span> </p>","file":{"id":572388,"video_id":"","name":"2847-Leandra - IN DEPTH.mp4","duration":129103,"thumbnail_url":null}});