JC, ... BTDT, 2X. History is a good teacher.
Statistics help as well,
(one of many, many such sites)
When I see somebody has an interest in education, I wll not pass the opportunity to encourage them to follow the path. Again, BTDT.
Our country badly needs those in STEM to grow the economy. His interest in pursuit of engineering education should be great cause for encouragement to this end. "Grass cutting" or derivates thereof, is hardly a path to grow the economy. As said earlier, there will always be no shortage of those wanting to do the grass cutting, or derivatives. No condensending on those who may that choice, but time to applaud those wanting to take another path that holds an interest for them.
Solo op, or not, ... principles are uncoupled.