WHAT ENGINEERING HAS TAUGHT ME
Engineering is not just any professional course. It is a degree which stays with you for a lifetime. The experiences can match no other course in the industry. The only reason why I chose engineering as my career was to experience the life skills and the insights of the corporate world.
Even though I am still graduating, I personally feel it has taught me things which I couldn’t learn throughout my school life and in my junior college. Engineering isn’t only about making machines or coding. Its about learning and experiencing life skills which no other professional course can teach you. Its like a roller coaster but you have the control in own hands. Whether you want to be stuck in the lows or apply force and rise to the top. Engineering is the survival of the fittest. You can only survive if you allow yourself to grow and blend into the environment around you. I would not list the points like every other post but I will give you a summary of what I have learned till date which a first year or even someone who has completed engineering would be able to relate to.
First thing is coming out of your comfort zone. We all had our mellow days of school and junior college where the only thing important was getting a good score in the board exams whether it was State board, ICSE or CBSE. Giving our JEE or other entrance exams made us realize where we actually stand academically and also aware of our capabilities. You start to realize the actual competition around you as it is not limited to your school level but on a national level. Leaving the comfort of your house and moving to a new city around new people. There are many students all over the nation who either accepted the challenge or succumbed to it. It makes us aware of what we are actually capable of and what we are not.
Secondly, patience. All of us thoroughly remember our admission process (batch of 2023 will be able to relate more). A whole new process and change of rules every single day made us re-think our choices. Getting into our favourite college despite scoring 99 percentile almost seemed impossible and students scoring under 75 were able to secure the seat of their favourite branch and college because of the quota system. Testing of our patience wasn’t limited only to the admission process. Let us take an example our recent semester; we weren’t sure about our exams and our results but what got us through was our patience. We finally arrived in the world where only hard work didn’t matter. But what made us go through all these tough times was our patience.
Third, time management. A whole new phase of our lives had started. Even though the subjects were familiar, the syllabus was vast and the semester was short. Learning the subjects while taking part in workshops, seminars, hanging out with new friends was definitely a big toll on us. First semester had a ton of new emotions but still we managed to balance our studies and our new social lives. But what got us through all of this was efficient time-management. Even though we did not learn it as we learned other technical skills, still time-management is one of the things that is going to stay with us till the very end.
Fourth, networking. During our engineering days, we meet people from different communities and different ideologies. Different councils and mega-projects help you to connect with people from different fields of the industry. This helps us to grow and expand our thinking. Not only academically but culturally also you meet a lot of people from different sections of the society which help you evolve as a person. A mechanical student can be good in coding and a computer science student can have interest in designing machines. To make contact in the industry is the prime thing that engineering has taught me.
To summarise, engineering not only makes you equipped with technical skills but also with life skills which helps you to be a better person in life and do good for the society and themselves,
“The engineer has been, and is, a maker of history”