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Telecommunications engineering urgent advice! please, thanks.?

I'm a telecommunications student in my second year of the university, i just turned 17. I was just wondering wat it was like to be an actual telecoms engineer. So far we do so much calculations, im pretty good at that although its becomming more complicated but most of my class mates are less serious with the calculations. They are older (being 17 im the youngest) and say i wouldnt really need all that, as there are computers for those now. But i dont wanna put my trust in them as most of them had other degrees already and just need a certificate now. And we've had less advanced practicals. Am i really wasting my time with all this calculations? Im begining to think its a problem. So i wanna know what working as a telecoms engineer is like especially the start ( no matter the country, i just want opinions). What do telecoms engineers actually do when they start in the office? Do they have to do calculations? Do they have to run and fix equipments? Do they sit on the computer doing stuffs like programming? Will all this calculations just leave me as a lecturer teaching in a university, telling tales of how my wrong decisions got me there? I hear telecommunications engineer are either in the technical (circuits, waves and stuff) or computer and networking (programming, cisco, networking) aspect. Is this right? I'm not really a fan of waves and circuit, but I'm not bad at that either. If i study, i do good at it but its not something i enjoy doing. It bores me. On the other hand computers make me happy. Even when i don't get it right, i still keep trying. Why i didn't do computer or software engineering is a complicated story so don't try to wonder why. I am taking up programming. I love computers. Will this be of any use to me in the telecommunications industry? Am i just wasting precious time i should spend reading my electronics and circuit notes? I am gonna get a masters in telecommunications. But i will be done with that by 21 and since I'm still young, i was thinking of getting another. I thought of software's, programming, networking and security because i wanna be exposed to the computer world also. I'm not really a fan of circuits like i said. I want a second masters in a different course from telecommunications but i want them to relate. I think its a good edge for me. Also if you may give me an idea of what kinda pay to expect and how difficult it will be to get a job in various parts of the world. Where would be a good place to work? I hear telecommunications engineering is the most employing career in the world now. Is this true? And how long will this last Any other advice you have from experience would help. P.S Pleas it will help if you give a vivid explanation. Even if its a million pages i will read it through. I could also contact you for more info if this wont let you write enough. Even if you think it will discourage me, just tell me. I know nothing good comes easy. if there are errors in the grammar, I'm sorry. Thanks

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