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3 Reasons to choose engineering

Choose engineering

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There will always be a demand for skilled engineers in many different fields of work. Some of these fields are new, emerging areas while others have existed for over 500 years. As society develops, engineers are called upon to make changes to create a better, sustainable world to live in. Choosing to study engineering is a personal choice that only you can make; so what are the three best reasons why you should choose engineering?

1 – Engineering is the ultimate field for challenge and creativity

Engineers work on exciting projects and influence how our world changes and improves. The amazing structures, vehicles and discoveries in modern society have been influenced and created by engineers in some capacity. If you are curious about how things work and have a keen mind for applying what you learn to solve real world problems, engineering is the perfect avenue for your talents. Be prepared to dedicate years of learning and practice to master a field of engineering; don’t expect to build an A380 airbus or the next Burj Khalifa (currently the tallest building in the world) within a year of completing your degree.

2 – Learn skills you can apply anywhere

The skills that you develop as an engineer are incredibly valuable and highly sought after. People will turn to you to help solve problems for them. The ability to provide practical solutions to problems is crucial and will give you great confidence when faced with any challenge or obstacle. You will develop an understanding of the feasibility of a project from a financial and practical perspective. You also learn how to manage your time effectively, work as a part of a team and develop into a true leader. These skills can be applied to any area of your life.

For example, a significant number of the workers in key management positions (such as CEOs) of large, multinational companies are mechanical engineers.

3 – Great rewards and opportunities

As an engineer you will rank amongst the highest paid professions in the world, even as a graduate. Your unique, universal skill set will enable you to work in almost any country in the world (and beyond!). Not many careers offer this sort of opportunity to gain experience and explore new cultures and lifestyles. Engineers working in multinational companies will often travel overseas for conferences and to visit or inspect company facilities, adding variety to their daily routines.

Ultimately, there is no perfect formula or criteria for determining your suitability to become an engineer. One of the first, and easiest, steps you can take to determine if you would enjoy engineering is to discover which industry or discipline you would like to work in. Once you have an idea of the field you would like to work in, find out which qualifications you need to obtain.