Today I write about 6 misconceptions about engineering from an engineer’s perspective. All opinions are personal and out of my experience.
A few years back, being a banker was considered to be one of the best profession, a government job in general because of the various perks it offered. Then in line came professional courses like Engineering and MBBS. Every parent wanted their child to be a doctor or engineer. Recently I have seen many people doing what they feel is the right career choice for them and parents not being so obsessed with this idea.
I am an engineer by profession and a proud one. So here I am listing out 6 misconceptions about engineering.
- Engineering is easy!- When I was in class 12, I was told to work hard and get into a good engineering college and the struggle for high grades and the tension would end. I was also told engineering was very easy. Although I did not take it up for being easy but I would like to tell that person not to feed false hopes! Any course needs hard work and efforts to come up.
- Engineering is superior to other degrees: Every course has a value of its own and most of us end up being almost at the same job. So by any means, engineering is not superior, it has a beautiful charm and definitely teaches an individual a lot of things.
- Engineering = Job confirmed: Like any other thing in life, nothing comes confirmed in life. In needs a lot of preparation and patience to have job offers. Not everyone who studied engineering got it easily or may have one right now. It is a professional degree not the route to corporate.
- Engineers and the appliance fixing saga: Most of us love innovation but we can’t fix the mixer or the television and no matter what you think of us we are still engineers.
- Engineers are Gadget Gurus: Nope. Everything is born out of interest. Not all engineers love and know about gadgets. Many don’t have any social media profile and hardly know anything about the necessary specification.
- Engineering is entirely self-learning: In my early days of engineering, many people told me that nobody would teach in college. I was told that I must not expect them to because that is what “college” was meant to be. Why are there professors then? Any subject in engineering needs self- learning for better understanding but professors teach and you would have a great time if you had a professor who knows his subject his well and knows to teach well.
I know there are more such misconceptions but these are what I am fed up of hearing.We all assume so many things about various professions right? Is there any misconception you had about a career before which you no longer believe?