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How do you find the specific area to use the skills you are good at, when finding a job?

I'm going to study to be a Mechanical engineer, but that is super vague. I like to draw and build things and I don't know where to go from there. #engineer #mechanical #personal-development #career-details

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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Carissa B. I see that you posted this question a little while ago so I hope my answer to you (or others who may read this response) is still helpful.

I think one of the cool things about your question is perspective. You ask about "finding" and a job. I suggest to you that "finding" indicates that you are searching...that is you are on a journey to get to a destination. It is my opinion that the journey to finding a job could be viewed as steps that you take to go beyond finding a job...but instead building a career. You could look at every task or opportunity (those that you like to do and those that don't feel so great) as a stepping stone on your path to building a career. Every one of those tasks can/should be considered as a way to build/use your skill sets. I make a distinction between finding a job and building a career because the vision can be different between the two.

I think that the passions you hold, as referred to in some of the other answers for your question, are major drivers to building a career. A job, while absolutely necessary for those of us who need our own funding :), could be something that you do because you have to not because it brings you satisfaction. That, too, can be the difference between "finding a job" and building a career.

I do hope you find this response helpful and best of luck to you!
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Luis "Lou"’s Answer

As you start taking classes, and particularly when you get into your junior and senior year and your higher level ME courses, you'll begin to find your "passion". If you can participate in a Co-op program or get some internships, that will further expose you to the type of work ME's do and you'll get a taste for what you like, or what you don't.
ME is a very wide field with lots of interesting opportunities. I know you find what excites you.
Enjoy.
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Taylor’s Answer

Hi Carissa! Fellow engineer here. I think the only way to know if you like something or not is to actually try it!

It's really hard to get a feel of engineering jobs unless you do it with your hands or get involved with it for some time. I would suggest just getting a job in any area you are interested in and trying it out. If you end up not liking it, GREAT! Now you know where not to look :)

Just keep getting involved in different opportunities and eventually you'll find one that sticks. Good luck!
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