After each event we ask the winning engineers to write a short blog that is sent to everyone who took part in their zone. It’s a chance for them to reflect on their I’m an Engineer experience and thank the students for their questions and votes.
Let’s take a look at what some of the winners from March’s zones had to say…
One of the questions I was asked the most is “what inspired you to be an engineer?”. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do when I grew up. Some people do, and that’s ok, but others don’t. My advice is to do something you’re passionate about and you’ll find something that’s right for you.
I imagine from the student’s perspective it would have been difficult to ask questions in a face-to-face scenario like “How much do you get paid?”, “How does what you do help the world?”, “Why don’t girls do it?”, “What do you really dislike about engineering?”, however I’m really glad the students asked these questions because only the students know which considerations are the most important to them when deciding their career choice.
What has really struck me is how forward thinking and conscientious the students have been, with a large focus on their questions being about how we, as engineers, contribute to society and the future of the planet. This has really made me think about the work I do how it impacts society as a whole.
The whole experience has been fantastic, I really enjoy engaging with you and answering your engineering/technology questions! I had exactly the same viewpoint when I started my career in engineering (when I picked GCSE Engineering in secondary school!)
My sincere hope is that a few of the students came away from the event thinking that engineering could be for them even if they had possibly never considered it before.
I wanted to try and prove that we engineers aren’t stuffy brain boxes and that we have a sense of humour, a good camaraderie and are just normal folk.
If you think you can help inspire the next generation…Want to explain how you contribute to the future of our planet…And want a fantastic experience…
Apply now to take part in the next event
I’m an Engineer, Get me out of here runs every March, June, and November. It only takes 2 minutes and one sentence to apply!