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whats life like for an engineer?

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Bill’s Answer

Hi Brianna. Wow, what a big question! I've known engineers who play musical instruments, play professional sports, make great art, cook great food, write great blogs...

Oh but you might also want to know about the work-life of engineers. Well, that differs tremendously. Some travel the world helping customer solve problems. Some work independently to design software or hardware all day, working long days and weekends leading up to important deadlines. Some work in small teams or manage large teams.

When I graduated with my engineering degree, I expected to be sitting at a desk all day, but I found there to be many different types of opportunities, and I became a team player and a traveler.

In my opinion, what is common is that you should be able to think creatively to solve complex problems, and you should be ready to work hard and be challenged.

There are a lot of different engineering disciplines, many different markets to work in, and many types of roles to play in an organization. I recommend trying some of these, see what you like, and continue to network and meet people to learn about other disciplines/markets/roles.

Good luck!

Bill recommends the following next steps:

Try some basic engineering courses, and talk to some engineers - try to talk to a variety of different types of engineers.
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Wael’s Answer

You need to be a bit more specific with your question. Some engineers spend their day in a plant, some spend it behind a desk, and some in a car testing! Personally, I spend most of the day behind a desk, but I also visit testing facilities and plants.

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Bob’s Answer

I manage some of the best engineers in the world of networking. What I see from my most successful engineers is they are always learning and staying on top of the new products and technologies being deployed. Their more curious than others and when they don't understand something they put in the extra to figure it out and become the subject matter expert. They are also willing to share their knowledge for the betterment of the team. Just be an active contributing memeber and remember teamwork is key.

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