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What are some ways people use to find a path within engineering

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Enrique’s Answer

Engineering can create many paths for you in a number of careers. When you choose to study and major in an engineering major, you will learn two types of information: 1) technical and 2) non-technical.

The technical information that you learn about the engineering major you chose will help you become familiar with how that specific type of engineering works. For example if you chose to learn about Aerospace engineering, the technical information that you learn will deal with how planes and space crafts work. If you chose to learn about Civil engineering, then you would learn what it takes to design and build structures like buildings, bridges, roads and many other things. I could go on and on about all engineering majors but use your interests to find an engineering major that feels right for you.

The non-technical information/skills you will learn are things like problem solving, creative thinking, and reasoning. These are the skills that can be used in any type of career because there are always ways we can make things better in every industry.

The thing that I remember most about the difference between a scientist and an engineer is that...
A scientist is into discovery and finding new things
An engineer is into finding new ways to make things better

If hope that if you choose to be an engineer, that it helps you find a career that you are passionate about. Good luck!
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CHRISTY’s Answer

Schedule an appointment with your local college and they will give you a select pathway for engineering. Best of luck to you!
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Baljinder’s Answer

I can speak about my way. I got introduced to the drafting class during my high school and I loved making engineering's drawings using 3d or 2d software's like AutoCAD and solid works. That's my starting point and then I start looking for full time careers where I could use my drafting skills.
There were two choices for me either join the drafting degree or engineering.
Then after talking to few people I found out that engineering is little(A lot) broader and challenging than drafting. And I end up being Mechanical Engineer.
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Nicole’s Answer

Hi Kevin W. Thanks so much for sharing your question.

Have to say that while I agree with both answers previously given, love Enrique's point about an engineer making things better!

To add to that point, I suggest that many people who are engineers have found their path in engineering because of something they were interested in making better. If you think about someone who is interested in improving climate who becomes a bio chemical engineer or someone who is interested in building an app to help a portion of society who becomes a computer science engineer or someone who is interested in creating spaces where others can grow who then becomes a civil engineer. I give these as examples where maybe engineering wasn't an individual's first choice but found their way, their path, into these spaces because they were seeking a way to support ideas and goals that they are interested in.

Hope you find this answer helpful as you decide your path. The good news is you have many opportunities to adjust your path as you learn more about what you like to do and what you do well.

Best of luck to you!
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