Introverts in Engineering?
I'm curious about whether which engineering majors require more presenting and talking to large groups in both college/university and the real world. I just heard that mechanical has a lot of presenting ideas and would like to know about the other engineering majors. #engineering #mechanical-engineering #industrial-engineering #software-engineering #civil-engineering #chemical-engineer
I work in the software engineering field and you can have more or less exposure to presentations depending on the type of role you take. Initially, I started as a software engineer, working on developing products but then as my career progressed I migrated to roles that were more focused on presenting to customers and partners in Product Management. Presenting is a skill one can develop over time by presenting in front of small groups initially. Most companies will provide training to develop these skills, if that's a path you wish to follow. Being an introvert, doesn't prevent you from learning how to present.
There's a lot of misconception that Introverts means NOT presenting, NOT talking aloud etc. In fact, one of the difference between Introvert and Extrovert is the energy they use, introverts like to work by themselves, extroverts thrive off of the energy from others.
Introverts will make great engineers. Some of the world's best CEOs are introverts. (Think Bill Gates, Zuckerberg)
As far as your concern regarding giving presentations, it's all about practice practice practice. And try the following to get feedback about your presentation skills.
Silpa recommends the following next steps:
- Practice in front of the mirror
- Record yourself giving the presentation
- Present in front of your friends