Answered by Mike, Hiring Expert at Avery Dennison Corporation, on Friday, December 2, 2016
Thanks for your question - it's an interesting one that you pose.
I would have to agree with the other response in that you would be a great idea to continue to focus on a career path that would blend both your major and your interest in training (unless, that is, you don't have any interest in pursuing a career that involves mechanical engineering). If you look at the career path of those that doing training on our products, a majority of them have technical backgrounds, and have worked with the products for years before becoming experts and training others on them. Having a technical degree is an important thing, but combining it with technical experience is extremely beneficial.
If you interest is more in training on soft skills (leadership, communication, business acumen, etc.) I might suggest getting a few years of work experience on the technical side, then consider looking into a career path or advanced degrees that might allow you to explore those areas more. Also, once you are in a leadership position in a company, even if it is leading technical individuals, you could still dedicate that focus on corporate training toward coaching your own team.
I hope this helps - good luck with your search!