As I have said a zillion times to students I have advised, the point of a foundation education (i.e. all bachelor degrees) is the transferable skills and environment under which you are guided to think. In engineering’s case, it’s problem solving, math and logical thinking, which will allow you to work in finance, banking, or even to become an entrepreneur if you don’t want to be an engineer. In Arts, it’s writing, analytical thinking, and the ability to relate to real people issues. Whatever “practical” things you want to learn, you will learn them all within the first two years of your real professional life. The ultimate question is whether you have the right thinking cap to help you advance your career in the long run, and that’s what an “academic” university is all about, and what McGill really gives you at the end of the day. There are good reasons why McGillians become accomplished people in all sectors. No program is as useless as people think. The question is whether you truly know what you’ve picked up from McGill.
Background story: I actually wanted to do fieldwork as a freshman but I wasn’t sure back then. Therefore, I spent a summer working in the field instead. That decision actually saved me time, because I found out I didn’t like fieldwork as much as I thought I would.