• Question: what made you chose engineering as a career?

    Asked by Soph.Robo to Ross, Abi Aspen, Tom, Dean on 6 Mar 2016. This question was also asked by leshi35, lew lew, connor, shan, 628fdfe48.
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      Abi Aspen Glencross answered on 6 Mar 2016:

      I actually never wanted to be an engineer until my final year at university! I found the course really challenging (I would rather be off adventuring or swimming in Bath’s humungous pool!) and struggled with the thought of working in something like oil and gas (I worked in oil and gas for a year! Lovely people though), I just wanted to change the world for the better.

      I think it can take one person (mine was my previous supervisor Marianne Ellis) and one idea (cellular agriculture supported by New Harvest) to ignite a fire within you. My final year project was on designing a system to produce cultured meat and I became and engineer overnight.

      It was a realisation that we can use science and engineering to do positive things in the world and there are problems that need engineers (as well as other awesome people!) to solve them!

      Plus I’m totally obsessed with food, farming etc. so it was a cracking stoke of good luck!

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      Ross Miller answered on 8 Mar 2016:

      I always liked maths and science at school. To be honest, I only picked my course because it kept a big focus on maths, physics and chemistry. If you’re going to work, you might as well do something that you love!

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      Tom Bullock answered on 9 Mar 2016:

      The first step for me was in deciding on what course to study at university. I wanted to learn more about science and maths in general, but I also wanted to study a more industrial and vocationally based subject. Engineering was the clear answer for me so I chose I chose Chemical Engineering beacasue the topics were so varied. Check out http://www.whynotchemeng.com

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      Dean Miles answered on 10 Mar 2016:

      I enjoyed understanding how things worked growing up and I was always interested in science/maths/technology. I made a decision to get an apprenticeship after school after completing some foundation courses in engineering (very general) and found that I really enjoyed the topics and wanted to learn more.

      I became inspired by some of my college tutors and key people I worked with in a steel making industry who were also passionate about engineering, told me some amazing stories and were also really good fun to work with.
      Doing something you enjoy for a job is really rewarding.