I have seen a few people with specialised majors,mechanical eng. for one infact, that never was able to get jobs in there fields of study.
like one guy that was wanting me to hire him at my auto shop was an arizona state university grad.
graduated in 99 with a major in mechanical eng. and he works on cars at jiffy lube ya he is the ast. manager now but he had to work up from being a chassis guy.
while I have working knowledge and an AA degree in auto/deisel tech and I own my own bussiness and i am holding out for a job making 35 an hour just waiting for the guy to retire.
then again I know a guy that went to universial tech institute got the same degree I did which means nothing outside the immediate industry.he started out as an aide untill he got his teaching cert but once he got that he is now a freshman teacher for the special kids at a local high school.been doing that 11 years
a degree dosent mean you know what you are doing and a degree sometimes is not worth the paper its written on.
its all in how you use your education.
me personally when I get back working for someone else again,which is a personal choice because med ins is cheaper and they pay for my education,I am going to go back to school for bussiness admin.
that is something that no mater where you go I think you can take it with you no mater if you work as a manager at mcdonalds or wherever.
speaking of which I have a buddy of mine from years ago his first job was mcdonalds,he got into the stock purchase plan,had them pay for bussiness school he now manages 3 different resturants and he is pulling in like 80g a year.
and not to mention his stock is worth in the hundreds of thousands.
Mechanical Engineering isn’t a very specialized degree. If he can’t find a job in it right now, he’s doing something wrong. The market is wide open.
Although most engineers end up (through promotions) in managerial positions which is outside of the field of study.