• Question: Did you know that you always wanted to be an engineer?

    Asked by bowiej to Amit, Emily, Joanne, Martin, Paige on 18 Mar 2012.
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      Martin Wallace answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      I didn’t know I wanted to work in engineering until my final year of A levels. Before then I had no idea what career I wanted to follow.
      Until the end of school I didn’t know what would be the best thing for me to do, maths and physics were my better subjects so I thought engineering would be good. I’m really glad I chose this career and would really recommend it to you if you are thinking about it.

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      Amit Pujari answered on 18 Mar 2012:

      In early school years I was not sure what I wanted to be. I was interested in science as well as history, arts etc.
      Before going to uni, that is in my A levels, I decided that engineering is what I wanted to do. But even at that point I was not 100% sure which area I will work in and what my career will look like in few years after graduating from the uni. Towards the final year of my undergrad I was more or less sure about my specific interests and what area I would like to make my career in.

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      Emily Bullen answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      No, I don’t think it’s one of thoses careers that kids tend to know about. How many 5 year olds do you know who say “I want to be an engineer”? They are very clever if they do…
      I think I knew when I was about 16.

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      Paige Brown answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      I didn’t always know… when I was young, I wanted to be a writer!!!!!

      As I grew up, I wanted to be a doctor. It was only in late high school that I discovered engineering!

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      Joanne Davies answered on 20 Mar 2012:

      I had no idea what I wanted to do when I grew up and when I was a grown up I still wasn’t sure.

      After being an engineer for so many years I have fallen into an niche market where there is a shortage of skills that keeps me very busy and I don’t ever want to leave. 🙂