• Question: How long have you wanted to be an engineer

    Asked by Emmo2009 on 2 Mar 2021. This question was also asked by AoifeJ.
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      Alan Diaz answered on 2 Mar 2021:

      Engineering for me is a set of skills that allow you to think and makes decisions in a very logical way (instead of emotionally for example). Thus, I think of myself more of a researcher rather than an engineer, which I realised I wanted to be only when I was about 23, before that I wanted to be a writer (novels) or a musician!

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      Miray Yasar answered on 2 Mar 2021:

      Since my father is an engineer, I always wanted to be a well educated engineer as he is. We were fixing the things together which made me enthusiastic about this area.

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      Helena Mylise Sorensen answered on 3 Mar 2021: last edited 3 Mar 2021 7:57 am

      Not for that long actually, I wasn’t as aware of the opportunity when I picked what I wanted to study after high school. I just knew I wanted to work with microbes, so I did a degree in biochemistry, but found out that what really interests me is not just knowing how things work, but how we can apply it in real life! I then went on to do a degree in food science which led me into the world of bioengineering – the perfect combination of biology and its applications.

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      Sergii Kushch answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I think from a primary school. I liked to investigate the structure of various objects, such as a mechanical alarm clock, and my parents supported me in this.

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      Hui Wang answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I think most kids like to make stuff when they were quite small, like building stuff with lego, playdough, sand, etc. It could be called engineering. so you might define yourself as a part-time engineer a long time ago!
      The engineer we became when we grew up is just using more stuff, knowing more knowledge, (thinking maybe not more creatively). I just become an engineer gradually, if it really needs to be counted, then it might be my age minus 3!

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      anon answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      Since I was 17 in my Leaving Cert. year. My careers guidance teacher told me that engineering could be a career that would suit me…and he was right! I really enjoy the job. Before I was 17, I had many different thoughts about what I might do when I was older. These fleeting thoughts ranged from joining the army to becoming a dentist!

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      Mike Hinchey answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I knew I wanted to work with computers since I was quite young. I got my first computer when I was 8 or 9 but was interested in them for quite a bit before that. My dad was a computer engineer and I was always interested in his work, even though I didn’t understand it all at that point. So I guess I wanted to be an engineer since I was a kid, but didn’t necessarily know that that was the particular job title.

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      Jun Lin answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I studied electrical engineering in college because I wanted to be an engineer since middle school when I really liked science/engineering subjects.

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      Mubashir Husain Rehmani answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      I was interested in Engineering from the end of my secondary education.

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      Peter Megyesi answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      To be honest, I never really knew what I was going to work. I knew the salary was good and I liked solving puzzles (think quizzes, Lego, computer games that make you think) so I thought why not give it a go? 🙂
      But then, it turned out that it’s not that hard really. I think mostly because nothing is hard if you enjoy doing it. There might be challenges but you’ll look at them like you would at defeating a tough opponent in a game: it’s just fun beating it.

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      Alessandra Mileo answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      All I knew (since high school) is that I liked science and the possibility of discovering new things others don’t know yet. I also liked computers and the idea of a machine that can do things for us if we code it to do so or “teach” it to do so. This then became working in Artificial Intelligence, being a researcher and then an Academic.