It’s always good to think about your future and understand how a career choice may impact your life. The best thing you can do is talk to someone who is already in the Engineering sector. Ask them all sorts of questions about their job and what steps they took to get there. Although you may not know an Engineer personally, we have made a list of the pros and cons which will help you better describe the road ahead.

The pros

Financial Security
Engineering is a lucrative, broad and stable career. Engineering graduates actually receive the highest starting salary of any discipline because we need them especially in this digitally dominant society.

Variety of career opportunities
From electrical engineering to environmental and biomedical, an engineering degree offers a wide range of career opportunities. But most of today’s graduates will have more than one career during their working life and engineering can provide a strong foundation.

Intellectual development
An engineering career will exercise your brain, giving you the ability to develop your logical and problem-solving skills. These are skills that will be valuable throughout life, not just in your job.

Creative Thinking
Engineering by nature a creative profession. We are in a time of rapid social and technological changes and the need for engineers to think creatively is greater. If you like to question, discover and explore, then engineering is possibly the ideal profession for you.

Challenging work
There is no shortage of a challenging problem in Engineering. There is no right answer, you must instead devise a solution and persuade others that your solution is best. Engineering will keep you on your toes and can make you very busy.

The cons

Changes in Technology
One of the main reasons that Engineering positions are decreasing is because of the reliance on Technology. A lot of the jobs Engineers used to participate it has been taken over by advanced technology. If you do want a career in Engineering, it’s important to keep up to date with new developments meaning you need to constantly learn and relearn new tools.

Varied Work Environments
Working in an office is not common for an Engineer. You will usually be working in a lab or travelling to different locations. You will often be working in dangerous environments which means you will need to follow safety procedures carefully.

Workload and hours
Another downside Engineers face is the workload and its unpredictability. Your work may vary from week to week. A more dynamic person may prefer this but for individuals who prefer a routine may find this difficult. The typical hours are often 40-45 hours a week, though in some private industries or during a certain project phase, weekly work can be up to 50 or more.

In conclusion, you need to remember you won’t be trapped in a specific career. If you decide to become an engineer, you don’t have to be one forever and vice versa. You need to enjoy something to want to stick at it, and if not, then that is fine too. There are multiple options available but if you like tinkering with electronics, developing computer programs, building robotics or fixing engines, then you probably will be suited for an engineering role.

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