You spoke and we listened! We recently posted a poll on twitter asking you, the youth of Swaziland, what careers you would like us to provide more information on. One of the most requested was a career in engineering. And so, for the next few weeks, we will provide information on the academics, career and other such aspects that you need to know in order to pursue a career in engineering.
To begin, for those of you who are not familiar with what engineering is, an engineer is a practitioner of inventing, designing, analysing and maintaining machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfil objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. Engineering is a versatile career from careers in agriculture to electrical engineering.
With that being said, there is a lot of work that is required for one to become an engineer. In general terms, the qualifications of an engineer typically include a 4-year bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, a master’s degree in an engineering discipline plus 4–6 years of peer-reviewed professional practice and passage of engineering board examinations. Just like any specific career, it requires a lot of time and discipline and is not generally meant for those without clear objectives. And so it is even more important to understand what it takes for such a career, while you still have the opportunity to direct your paths towards it.
To help you understand and start the process towards an engineering career, for contextual motivation, this week’s article will provide information about why it is a great career choice to consider.
To begin, engineering has some of the most valued mentorships in the career field. Engineers receive absolute hands-on training and mentoring to ensure that they start on the right foot. With this foundation, newly-started engineers have some of the highest entry-level skills that allow them to move up on the career ladder. Knowing this, many companies invest into these graduates with strong dedicated trainee programs, knowing that they will become strong assets to the company.
Second, engineers are some of the most highly sought after individuals in work force. They are needed everywhere and so can work anywhere. If you are keen on travelling and exploring the world, a career in engineering, if anything, encourages you to explore the globe. Because the field is so versatile, each place has different demands from engineering. While you might not focus on one type of engineering, more often than not, many companies are willing to train you to adapt to the new conditions and requirements, allowing you to grow in experience wherever you go!
To compliment the benefits of travelling, because becoming and engineer requires a very high level of skill and dedication, there is a very high salary associated with the career. An entry level in engineering is approximately 10% higher than other fields of study. This just goes to show that it is a very demanding career, but also very highly appreciated.
Another key aspect about this kind of career, is the extensive training and practice that goes into engineering. Although one might aim to pursue a career in one type of engineering, because of the demanding features of engineering in general, the training and maintenance that goes into one’s career, allows for a very flexible understanding of the field, further allowing one to shift fields and learn skills required for another engineering field.
It is mandatory for an engineer to keep up-to-date with all training, industry knowledge, and such regulations throughout their career, and so you are always working with the relevant skill set for the time.
While you are required to stay up-to-date with all the skills and regulations for your field, being an engineer does not mean that it is the same routine everyday. Being an engineer is not your typical 9-5 job. Everyday brings a different experience on the job, and so for those who are creatively inclined, the constant change of pace and environment allow a great opportunity for creativity. With such a flexible schedule, being an engineer allows you to be innovative everyday. Regardless of one’s expertise, you are guaranteed to be working on different projects throughout your career, pushing you in new directions and challenges.
Speaking of challenges, for those that are ambitious about contributing to society, an engineering career is an exciting way to give back. Many projects require thoughts into the demographic and environmental aspects in the creation and functionality process. You are able to contribute towards sustainability and functionality in the world alongside like-minded people.
Being an engineer comes with a lot of challenges and hard work, but it also gives you a wealth of knowledge and experience. Every projects brings something new to the table, teaching you new skills and expanding expertise levels. It is an career that evolves everyday, providing an exciting work environment, wherever you decide to work. There are so many different types of engineering that you are bound to follow your passion one way or another.
With that in mind, next week will explain the different fields of engineering and break down their roles in the career world and why they are great themselves. In the meantime check out the links below for more information about engineering and what you can expect from such a career.
More reasons to become an Engineer
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Article by NDM