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Nanci’s Answer

Pros:
Engineering has opportunities for well-paying jobs in many locations.
The industry offers Lifelong growth and flexibility. There are various roles an engineer can fulfill do if you don’t like one track you can move to another.
Work continues to be interesting and challenging.
Take Pride in accomplishments
Work with decent people, professionals with limited exposure to general public
Engineers are among the most ethical people

Cons:
Work life balance is challenging
Engineers need to push back on hard driving business and profitability interests to balance project budget and schedule with quality and safety
Need to continue to learn throughout life to keep up with changes


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Kolbe’s Answer

Two of the biggest "cons" I can think of is the schooling (there were many nights I wondered if it was worth it) and balancing the work load can be difficult depending on where you're at. That being said, the feeling of accomplishment you get when receiving your degree or when you work for a company and get your first "big win" is pretty incredible. A common theme I see from the other responses is that engineering is about continuous learning. That has definitely been my experience. I haven't had a single day where I haven't learned something new about the equipment we work on, programs we use, or construction practices we implement. Another aspect of engineering that is a "pro" is that there is a lot of flexibility in the roles you can apply for. As a mechanical engineer I work for a power utility and am exposed to electrical engineering concepts and am learning more about that engineering discipline. Engineers are also in high demand for business/management roles as well due to their grasp of logic and also (if its an engineering company) their grasp of the processes/equipment of the company. So, if you're the kind of person that can't see themselves doing the same thing forever, engineering certainly gives a variety of opportunities to choose from.

Hope that gives you some points to consider! Good luck with whatever major you choose!
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Nick’s Answer

To add a few thoughts to the previous answers. A positive aspect of engineering, especially compared to other professions such as law, medicine and financial accounting, is that most of the work is in a collaborative, problem solving and fast moving environment where creativity is necessary and appreciated. Compare this to law where it's an adversarial and intentionally slow moving environment working within the constraints of law and possibly with criminals. Medicine, aside from research, is also constrained by medical practice, not creative problem solving, and often working with ill people with prescribed solutions that may fail. Financial accounting is also about knowing and applying the law and best practices.

Obviously all these professions use knowledge of complex substance to help people to a large degree and provide them fulfilling careers, but you should consider these points when examining your personal preferences. Engineers have many choices of where to work, which can determine how directly the work would help people. In my experience, engineering requires a good base of knowledge and talent, and then continuous learning which will support a career where you to invent and apply new ideas every day.

Adding that engineers can often move to other roles in a business where technical knowledge is useful in sales and marketing, production, purchasing, project management, leadership roles and other related fields. People with engineering degrees are usually a bit smarter than other candidates for these fields due to a more rigorous education and ambition.

Sometimes engineering students are recruited into other fields such as insurance, or recruited for further education in law or medicine for the same reasons.
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Muskaan’s Answer

The only con to any field/career is lack of interest. If you are not interested in pursuing this field then that is the biggest con.

That said, there are many pros to engineering if you have an interest in it:

-It is a vast sector -- MANY OPPORTUNITIES
-The amalgamation of different branches of engineering is helpful if you have multiple interests - (eg Automotive + AI)
- Skills are not limited to the technical side.
-If you decide to change fields later on in life, it is comparatively easier if you come from an engineering background.


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Angela’s Answer

You have to have a passion for it and I say this about any major. Without passion there is no pros. Cons depend on where you attend. Some requirements for prerequisites are hard and sometimes you may have to repeat a class to get the grade needed. It takes a lot of discipline to do engineering and you have to know what type of engineering you are interested in. Chemical, Computer Science, Electrical, Etc.

Angela recommends the following next steps:

Look at school majors offered
Look at the description of program
Think about if it’s for you
Question your motive
Choose wisely
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Brent’s Answer

Hi Maeleeke -

Thanks for the simple, yet great question! I'll try not to repeat some of the already comprehensive answers given.

Pros: The engineering field is always evolving, so your job/career will never be "antiquated" or "no longer required". Opportunities abound in the field, as there's a constant focus on the future and the how/why things work.

Cons: Even though there's much collaboration, if you're not a self-starter, you will fail. You need to be constantly motivated to learn and pursue knowledge and certifications. You need to thrive in fast paced environments, or be able to adapt.
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Rodrigo’s Answer

Hi Maeleeke

There are no cons in engineering or just a few depends in each one, from my point of view, you can do a lot of things in the field:
-work in any place
-Know about math, electronics, IT, mechanics
-View a consultant on any engineer area
-Have multiple areas of development
-Nowadays engineer has a lot of jobs available in all around the world
-Be the a top investigator of recent technologies
-Knowledge in coding

Some cons:
-It is no a easy career, but I think if you want to become a engineer you can acomplish it and be the best one
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Tuhin Subhra’s Answer

If you love science, experiment and solving problems, Engineering can your career choice. Here is a generalised pros and cons of Engineering:
Pros:
- Solve challenging problems
- Learn skills to solve non-work related issue
- Get to work and learn from smartest people
- last but not the least earn good bucks

Cons:
- If you don't like challenging work, engineering can be bad choice for you. Continuous learning is key.
- High work pressure may be harmful for your health sometimes.
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Aditya’s Answer

Pros:- Fun, interesting to bring a product to life
Cons:- Chaotic, fix many bugs, lots of documentation to read, tough to get started
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