I've had a number of different jobs and roles over the years and what I always look for in a job are the following:
- Will I have fun in the role?
- What can I learn from it? How does it help me continue to develop my knowledge and skills
- Do I believe in the company and what it is doing? You can be offered the same job at multiple companies so it's as much about the job as it is about the company that you'll work at
- Will I enjoy working with the people that are on the team?
You'll spend almost 1/3 of your life at work, so it's really important to make sure that you look forward to working and the environment that you'll be in. As long as you continue to have opportunities to learn and grow, the potential can be limitless!
In most facets of my career, I've been presented with compelling opportunities. I originally got a scholarship to a university to study medicine. After being exposed to a lecture about computer science, I was drawn to it. In computers, I ended up working on projects that got me involved building things. And from there, I ended up in computer and electrical engineering. Somehow, I got involved in entertainment as an adjunct to one of my projects, and did that for awhile. So the answer to your question is, "Because it seemed the most exciting and fun at the time." I don't think most people are that lucky, but I can tell you that most scientists and engineers do what they do because they're simply compelled to. Even sitting alone in the bathtub, if they relax for a minute or so, they'll be thinking about their science and engineering most of the time.
Douglas Lemmo, P.E.
I assume that you are asking why I decided to become a mechanical engineer. The short answer is that I have always been interested in how things work and why they work. When I was much younger, I liked to take things apart. After graduating from college, I got a job in the Power Generation Industry (an industry that I knew almost nothing about). As I learned about the industry, I became very interested in rotating mechanical equipment (steam and gas turbine-generators) and made a career of working on them and ultimately became a consultant on their operation and maintenance.
Hope this helps,
This position allows for growth, learning opportunities, every day is different and it let's you grow and develop. Working in a great organization that supports you is also important! Great benefits, flexibility, and inclusion!