1) Stay curious. If a particular subject in class piques your interest, don't hesitate to explore it further.
2) Engineering often involves numbers, but the most effective engineers can clearly explain the significance of those numbers to their audience. Consider taking a public speaking or communications course. Becoming confident in presenting your work is essential for every engineer.
3) Don't be afraid to ask questions! If something is unclear to you, chances are someone else has the same query.
4) Maintain focus during your studies and make the most of the resources your school offers.
Thank you for posting your question. As someone who has spent the past 2 decades working in a number of Engineering roles, here are some of my recommendations;
1 - Being curious and asking questions goes a long way, therefore the same way you are doing here, it is important to let others know that you have a genuine interest in learning more about this field and being a future contributor.
2 - Develop problem solving skills. Engineers at all levels have to be critical thinkers and are often faced with scenarios that require some level of creativity and or out of the box thinking at a moments notice.
3 - Seek mentorship from individuals that are already working in your specific area of interest (e.g. LinkedIn). When reaching out to other Engineers, take the time to personalize the invite and send a clear message of what you are looking to discuss. Don't take offense to those who may not respond as many of us work in demanding roles and time is often limited. Be patient and eventually someone will find the time.
4 - If and when pursuing higher education, it is important to research the programs that are being offered and opportunities those programs include as you enter your final year (e.g internship placement). This will give you an edge with other students as you would have obtained some level of hands on experience prior to graduation. The non-traditional route via online course programs that are available today may also be a great choice as you can often focus in an area that is in high demand such as Cyber Security, Cloud, Network Engineering etc and pursue Certifications.
5 - Attend local/virtual webinars and or consume content that talk about your particular area of interest. YouTube, Google/Apple PodCasts, Meetup are all great sources to find this type of content.
Learn how things work. Take things apart and look inside. You may not even understand it all but the process of looking and guessing, maybe researching it, is exactly what happens in engineering. Break down old appliances, bicycles, anything you can get your hands on, and safely investigate, reassemble, maybe even repair. Your ability to recognize problems and try solutions depends on how many experiences you've had even if they are in an unrelated field, even if they failed. Be ready to try again.
Watch every "How It's Made" on YouTube.
Establish hobbies where you create things. Typically artsy type people get the credit for being creative but engineers are expected to be creative and innovative on every project with very concrete, constructive and productive results. Otherwise, we don't need excellent engineers to just copy existing ideas.
1) Most of the Engineering professionals work on something to do with Technology. So from a young age, if we can start seeing the uses of technology in our daily lives, it can create a sense of curiosity towards technology.
2) Reading articles related to Technology and latest developments in different fields could also elevate the interest towards technology.
3) Applying what we see practically on a regular basis also helps.
4) Participating in Technology competitions from a young age also helps.
5) Question status quo helps in the invention of many new things which is what Engineering is all about. Building that from childhood helps to be a good Engineer.
Take care! Elmer
Have great people skills, show your passion by showing how you love engineering outside of work by joining clubs and attending events/conferences. Show that youre a leader by running or starting your own clubs. Learn simple programs like Microsoft Office so you are a wiz with organizing thoughts and work documents. Be a master of powerpoint. Build helpful side skills and be a part of the community in which you want a job.
I knew I wanted ot work at IBM or Delta so I went there any chance I could. I would attent their events, add their employees on LinkedIn and eventually when I got my interview I got the job after someone actually knew me from all the events I attended
The first hobby I recommend is: Discipline
Develop strong discipline in your everyday tasks.
Additional habits to cultivate include:
Mastering Communication Skills
Enhancing Analytical Abilities through problem-solving
Engaging in Daily Learning