Is Engineering The Right Career for Me?
Engineering commands a lot of attention because people see them as the ‘tech guys’, the ‘problem solvers’. For this reason, it is often in the lips of parents, teachers, counselors, business people, and even the government to encourage you to go for engineering. Should you?
Before we answer that question, you need to know something about engineers.
Engineers like to solve problems and challenges that improve the lives of people; hence, they make a difference in the world. . There are different kinds of Engineers:
- Aeronautical/aerospace Engineers
- Agricultural Engineers
- Architectural Engineers
- Bioengineering Engineers
- Chemical Engineers
- Civil Engineers
- Computer Engineers
- Construction Engineers
- Electrical Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Industrial Engineers
- Manufacturing Engineers
- Marine, navel and ocean Engineers
- Materials Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Metallurgical and mining Engineers
- Nuclear engineering Engineers
Now that you know something about engineers, it would be easy to advise you to pursue engineering as a career if you have behaved the way fine engineers behaved while still youngs.. For instance, if you ask many engineers, they will tell you that they did not just wake up one day and decided to pursue engineering. They actually have lived and tasted engineering right from childhood. Some have dismantled the electrical appliances they had in their homes. Even when their parents had scolded them because of spoiling things, they did not stop. Others were the life savers in the home when things got bad; at least they saved the money their parents would have given to technicians. If you feel this passion of exploring and finding out about things even as a youth, you just made your choice of career easier.
On the other hand, if you don’t really know why you want to be an engineer, but it is in your lips because someone is saying: “engineers make a lot of money!,” or “My physics teacher said it is easier to find a job as an engineer” or “I like been addressed as an engineer.” then you may not be cut out for engineering.
Before you conclude whether engineering is right for you or not, take a moment and ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I wonder how things work?
- Do I like to solve problems?
- Do I like mathematics and science?
- Do I like to think of new ways to do things?
- Do I like puzzles and other mind challenging games?
- Do I like working with computers?
- Do I enjoy being challenged?
- Do I want to make a difference in the world?
- Do I want to help improve people’s lives?
If your answer to most of the questions is ‘yes’, then engineering profession might be worth exploring further.