Ivan Romel Bicol on Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering
Name: Ivan Romel Bicol
Course Taken: BS Electronics and Communications Engineering
Current Job: Advanced Specialist
Current Employer: IBM
Current Job Responsibilities: Knowledge transfers, development
Why did you choose to take the course you did?
Back in high school, I have been quite good in mathematics (and to an extent, drafting). Basically, engineering is the course for learning the proper application of both mathematics and applied sciences (which is something I am interested in); hence, I chose it.
For you, what was the most interesting part of studying BS ECE? What about the most challenging?
The most interesting part of studying ECE is learning everything about the subject of my course – electronics and communications. Additionally, the course I took branches out to different fields – IT, robotics, microelectronics, instrumentation, to name a few – which made it more interesting; and at the same time, challenging. I think the same thing is what made it challenging as well. There was so much to learn.
What kind of activities did you do when you were still a BS ECE student?
I joined the organization for ECE students and became the head artisan. There were organizations specializing in robotics, CISCO, and radio, and I joined those as well. They had activities and trips that proved helpful and essential to my course.
What were the things you learned from taking up BS ECE that you find very useful in your current work?
In line with my current work, the knowledge I have related to information technology and communications proves useful.
What skills or attributes do you think would come in handy for incoming college students who are thinking of taking the same course you did?
A good background in mathematics and a persevering mindset will do.
Do you have any advice for incoming college students who are thinking of taking the course you did?
Open yourselves up to many possibilities. As I have said, ECE is a course which branches out to a lot of different fields; this means you have a lot to learn. When seeking for a job, this will be a huge asset, as you can choose to try out for these fields.
Do you think you chose the right course? Why or why not?
Yes. I’ve found the knowledge I acquired from five years of studying useful and truth-fully, even though at times getting through ECE college days were a struggle, it was an equally enjoyable and rewarding experience.