New semester is just around the corner. After reading Nabil Jamil's post on his preparation for the upcoming semester digesting the new subjects and cik Nana's post about how thrilled she is to start going to class again, I decided to write something about it.
Of course, being busy as I am right now, I'll just copy & paste articles, as usual. So, I googled around for article that is related to my field, Engineering. The topic is again just a mere gimmick. Before reading further, why don't we enjoy the video first.
Like in all jobs, engineers come in all shapes and sizes. No one quality will make you a good engineer. Engineering is a field that requires many people with different skills to work together to solve complex problems. There's no precise formula that will tell you if you have what it takes, but here are some personal qualities that will help you become a successful engineer.
We make decisions everyday, but the decision engineers make may determine if a bridge can hold a car or if it will collapse under its own weight. That's why engineers have to be able to analyze a situation and see the factors involved that will help in making informed decisions.
Problem Solving Skills
Engineers make a living by applying knowledge in ways that can benefit people. In the real world, it's not always that easy. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. When they run into dead ends, engineers have to find better ways of doing things or come up with a totally different approach. The ability to solve problems is key part of engineering.
Like in any other job, engineers have to be able to get along with others. Engineers must talk to other engineers to effectively solve problems. No one, no matter how smart, can do everything by themselve. Two heads are better than one. An engineer also have to talk to the public to make sure their needs are met.
Proficiency in Math and Science
Math is the tool engineers use to develop solutions to problems while science is like a giant pool that engineers can pull ideas from. These ideas eventually become used to make people lives better. You don't have to be a genius. You just have to be comfortable with math and science.
Interest in Engineering
However, the most important thing required to be successful engineer is an genuine interest in engineering and the desire to excel. There's nothing worse than having to put up with years doing a job that you hate.
PersistenceAn interest in engineering is always not enough. You probably will face many obstacles on the path to a career in engineering and you probably won't always enjoy the challenges thrown at you, but you can't just give up. You have to be determined to do whatever it takes to succeed. As a female, you may have to go through more to get what you want as you encounter stereotypes and ignorance, but that does not mean that you are not capable of being a good engineer. It's all a matter of setting a goal and sticking with it through good and bad times.
Don't let someone tell you can't be an engineer. Engineering is a field wide enough for people of all types.
note: I always write something before entering new semester about getting A's and stuff but it never happen. Yup. I wonder why. The only subject that is easy to score was skills *sigh*, and it doesn't carry much credits (only 0.5).
note2: Tips or methods on getting A's without much effort are most welcomed. How I wish things were as easy as in primary school. (ya,you wish)
note3: For the love of God, I paid my Univ. fees for one whole year beforehand and I still cannot view my result! Why? I'm gonna sue this univ.
note4 (Read: Important!!) : Pre-Registration for level 3 is tonight at 12!! click here to check and here to start.