• Question: do you think anyone even people with bad grades can be an engineer ?

    Asked by 110enec42 to Tadhg, Hilly, Lee, Liz, Yasmin on 25 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by Ella abramson.
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      Lee Margetts answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      Definitely. It is possible to get an office job in an engineering company and learn from the ground up. Apprenticeships are also an excellent opportunity or work experience. If you find you enjoy what you are doing and want to progress, it is always possible to study in college later in life, in the evenings or weekends. It is easier to get good grades if you enjoy what you are learning and have a bit of real experience in a real job. So anyone with poor grades shouldnt worry. I got q D in A level Chemistry and Maths.

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      Yasmin Ali answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      Yes! An apprenticeship, like Lee said, is probably the best way to go if grades are a problem. I know loads of really good engineers who are not very academic people… but they learned lots of skills on the job.

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      Liz Meddings answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      Definitely but it’s a lot harder to understand what is happening. I got a D at physics A-level and did struggle on my degree as I had to study a lot harder. A good engineer isn’t always the person who got a first as there are other thins you need to be good at, other than the technical side, such as team working, thinking creatively and communicating your ideas.

      Also, you can always try an apprenticeship – learning on the job is the best way to understand what you’re doing and why.

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      Tadhg O'Donovan answered on 25 Jun 2015:

      I’m a firm believer that if you like something you will do well in it! And there are so many different types of engineering out there – if one sparks an interest for you, then you are likely to work at it and your grades will improve 🙂 Best of luck!