While some people know early on exactly what they want to be, most of us aren't so fortunate! My advice is to just try the things you think you may like - there's no other way to find out if something is a good fit for you! I don't mean you have to go to school to become an engineer before you can decide if it's right for you - there are plenty of ways to try out aspects related to an engineering career. This can include volunteering and talking to engineers and engineering students to find out what they like (and don't like) about their work!
The easiest way to get started on this process is to talk to yourself! Ask yourself some questions, including:
- What kind of engineer would you want to be? Do you want to work on solving environmental issues, work on building city infrastructures, or are you interested in computer engineering?
- Do you like to spend your time designing things?
- Do you like solving complex problems? When something doesn't work, do you get excited thinking about ways to improve it?
- Are you comfortable with the idea of learning new software and technology for your job?
These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself, but most of all just keep on the look-out for opportunities that expose you to the world of engineering! If you have a guidance or career counselor at your school, talk to them about ways you can explore this career path - they may have some assessment tools you can use to find out if it's a good fit for you!
For more information on the tasks engineers perform, check out the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook - here's the link for Architecture and Engineering: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/home.htm