A Letter to Future Engineers

By: IEEE Career News Editorial Team

Is a degree in engineering worth the effort? Is it OK to change majors? How does a high school student — or a college freshman or sophomore — know whether engineering is the right choice for a career?

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Dr. Roger Pink, a senior engineer at IEEE GlobalSpec, is young enough to remember his student experiences — the ups and downs, the good days and the not-so-good ones, and the drive that kept him motivated to stay the course. He recently published “An Open Letter to an Engineering Student” on Engineering360 offers real-life advice. Dr. Pink talks about required courses, the value of learning social skills through study groups and project teams and the importance of internships, among other topics. He covers a lot of the questions a student or potential student ponders because he has been asked himself those same questions. His advice is solid and nonjudgmental.

Dr. Pink closes with a quote from Isaac Asimov:

Science can amuse and fascinate us all, but it is engineering that changes the world.

Future engineers can indeed change the world; this letter can help encourage them when they’re too deep in equations to remember why they embarked on this path.