In studying engineering the basic qualifications usually include a four-year bachelor’s degree in engineering, or, in some jurisdictions, a master’s degree in engineering, plus four to six years of peer-reviewed professional practice.
Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are those who invent, design, analyze, build and test machines, complex systems, structures, gadgets and materials to meet functional goals and requirements, taking into account practicality, regulations, safety and into the word “engineer” derived from the Latin word ingeniare (“create, generate, design, design”).
Look around, wherever you happen to sit right now, and you’ll see the fruits of engineering genius. Chances are that you are reading this powerful smartphone or tablet on a device that has more computing power than the average mainframe 20 years ago. Think of your stylish flat panel display, an ergonomically designed table and chair or a wireless mouse in your hands. All brilliant engineering feat.
With the latest class of engineering school graduates now armed with newly signed diplomas, it is now right to think about how to start a successful career building the future.
IMPORTANT FACTORS TO NOTE BEFORE STUDYING ENGINEERING
- Choose meaningful problems: Work hard to solve the challenges you’re passionate about, and success will make the world a better place. This is often the spark of entrepreneurship: the desire to fix what we think is broken.
- Build or join a great team: Think carefully about your team, about who can best complement your own talents, and whether your teammates will challenge you to achieve your full potential. Your goal should be to help build a team that works well enough to work together that you forget who came up with what idea.
- Hard work: There is no doubt that schools need a lot of sweat, but this proportion is getting worse in the working world. In order to be commercially viable, technology must be easy to use and highly reliable. Complex or fragile products never gain mass adoption-but building simple and reliable solutions to complex problems is a challenge. There is still a lot of mediocre engineering in the world. We can do better.
- Tell your story well: Building a better mousetrap is necessary, but not enough. You need a deep understanding of the user’s pain and desire to break through. The most typical downfall of a new product is cool technology, but the value is not enough to attract the attention of the end user.
- Optimism: If you desire to lead a person or an industry, immortal infectious optimism is an essential asset. Cultivate it.
- Reality: It is essential to balance optimism and grasp reality. You can never afford to lose–with the discipline to face the most brutal facts of your current reality, regardless of you must remain focused on the long-term vision while remaining grounded in the problems you must solve now.
- Bucking the trend: Studying engineering alone is not enough for a successful career, keep in mind that the industry will continue to change rapidly and the “experts” will continue to make mistakes. Identify opportunities in uncertainty.
- Trust your intuition: you will have to make decisions from incomplete information, such as deciding what work to accept. Use your intelligence to make detailed pro / con lists and talk to friends-but follow your instincts.
- It is a marathon, not a sprint: Make time for family, friends and hobbies. When you find yourself feeling burned out, find a way to rejuvenate.
- Loosen your tie, take off your jacket and Have fun!: If you have not enjoyed yourself, then you need to make a change. Taking into account the long time, when you can find happiness in it, the work will be much better. Now is the perfect time to become an engineer–applying science, mathematics, and logic for the benefit of mankind.
Which Type Of Engineering Should You Study?
Studying engineering exposes you to a wide range of topics and with so many types of engineering to choose from, it may be difficult to narrow down which one is right for you. To help you decide, you should try and determine what you are passionate about.
What excites you and what do you spend your free time on? All types of Engineering include some form of Problem Solution (and usually focus on making life easier), but engineering-related solutions announces you fast.
If you choose a topic that you are naturally interested in, you will find it easier to stay motivated in your course and participate in this topic while pursuing an engineering career.
Reference: Scott Dietzen, CEO of Pure Storage