How has being an engineer improved you as a person?
This question really interest me, especially because I might also become an engineer in the future. I love how it helps others, but I want to see how this career could help me personally.
Careers can go beyond just providing a paycheck of course, and I know there are tons of passionate engineers out there, who have worked hard to chase their dreams of becoming an engineer.
So to those of you, what do you think, how has being an engineer improved you?
Good question. I haven't really thought about it until now.
Here are my thoughts. First, you will have the opportunity to create things. And, creating something that could positively impact the live of other people, doesn't have price. Second, you get to interact with so different types of people, and it teaches you to be adaptable, and open with them. Most of the time these people wil have different opinions and approaches to solve a problem. It will become a never-ending learning process.
It has made a difference in my live, you will learn to envision your live in a different way. But, more than that, you can change someone else life. I'm really proud to be an engineer!
As an Engineer I have had the opportunity to work on many infrastructure projects designed to improve the lives of people. These range from water and sewer projects to regional transportation projects.I have also developed river basin plans and designed stream restoration projects, greatly improving the environment. This had led to a high degree of personal full;;meant, as well as a rewarding career. So Engineering has most definitely improved me as a person.
The short answer.....you will feel rewarded when you create/develope a successful solution for a problem. I've been in the engineering field for 35 years and it always make me feel great when I go back to a plant I did work in, and have people using my solutions thank me for making their life better. It could be that you made better products, made them more efficiently or even made it easier/safer for the worker. I've always consider safety, waste and the environment when developing projects as well as the economics. Knowing that your efforts made improvements in these areas is also very rewarding. I loved being an engineer!!!
Good and interesting question. This is of course personal and will be different in all cases but I can share on my own account. Inevitably the fundamentals of engineering and science in general have an effect on how you approach many things outside of work. I initially wrote a pretty lengthy response but thought it can be summed up in a few words: "knowledge is power". That is definitely true. Everything we learn and understand well does help improve us as people with more we can contribute in or outside of work. Engineering disciplines have an effect on you in their own way. Presenting or accepting arguments, approach to problems, confidence in applying methods, appreciating a good design, are some of the things I think I have become better at due to my career path as an engineer. Hopefully this is helpful. In the end all that matters is that there is improvement and not regression :) Right?!