• Question: Since you started working as a engineers whats been your biggest challenge?

    Asked by Elsie O`C on 28 Mar 2021. This question was also asked by LaurenK.
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      Beth Macaulay answered on 3 Mar 2021:

      So far, the biggest challenge is organising my routine. I’m out of school now, no one organises my timetable for me. Its up to me to decide how much time to spend on everything and when to do it!

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      Andrea Federico answered on 4 Mar 2021:

      I think the biggest challenge has been to organize my work plan. You see, in the beginning I used to “live in the moment” going from one thing to another with no clue about future activities (“what are your next steps” is a sentence you are going to hear very often working as an engineer).
      So, what I learned is that it is important to have a long term plan of at least 4 months in which you also have to take into account possible problems or delays.

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      Jun Lin answered on 4 Mar 2021:

      The biggest challenge is that I am exposed to new things that I need to learn fast all the time. Sometimes it is a bit pressing but in the meantime it is interesting too.

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      Mubashir Husain Rehmani answered on 4 Mar 2021:

      To keep myself updated with the technology. The technology is growing very faster so need to be aware of recent innovations.

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      Helena Mylise Sorensen answered on 4 Mar 2021:

      Hi Elsie! To start my PhD in engineering I had to move from Denmark to Ireland. It have been a bit of a challenge, being away from my family and friends in these odd Covid-times! But I really love Ireland and I also have an Irish boyfriend and his family here, plus I have some great Irish friends too! When it comes to working as an engineer, I think the biggest challenge have been being so responsible for my own work and really trusting myself and believe that I am good enough to do it!

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      Erika Duriakova answered on 4 Mar 2021:

      Because my time at work is flexible, the biggest challenge is to come up with a work plan and then stick to it. Some days there can be so many distractions that it can be really challenging to keep up with my work plan.

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      Begum Genc answered on 5 Mar 2021:

      Computer engineering is a very male-dominated field. As a female engineer, I found it difficult to be under pressure to work more because I had to be better than them to be appreciated as an engineer.

      For instance, when you score high at a lecture, some question why. When you get a job offer, some tend to think it is because you are a woman (not that you qualify). If you make a mistake, it is because ‘women are not good at this job’. When you aim for a more busy position, some remind you that as a woman you might want to consider having less workload (because you may have more work to do at home).

      Learning not to pay attention to these comments was very challenging for me – but lesson learned! 🙂

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      Miray Yasar answered on 11 Mar 2021:

      The biggest challange i have experienced is to make balance between your private life and job life.

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      Alan Diaz answered on 11 Mar 2021:

      The biggest challenge for me has been “decision-making”.
      Decision with the work that I have to do, how am I spending my time, etc.
      I have to make decisions every day, and I think I’m better off now than I was a few years ago!

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      Peter Megyesi answered on 15 Mar 2021:

      Letting go.
      There are so many new technologies/things to learn -> you need to filter them extensively and focus on the most important/relevant.
      There are so many times you think you are close to solving a problem but in fact you’re being really inefficient and are just making things worse -> you need to step back and do something else.
      There are so many cool ideas/projects/approaches that you would like to try -> you need to focus on what’s the most important for your team and only work on that.
      There are so many things that change rapidly around us -> you have to kill your babies. E.g. there might be a feature that you developed in an app. It’s awesome, you love it, but circumstances (or just the people using it) change and you’ll need to scrap it… It can hurt but you’ll need to let it go.