What Would You Be If You Weren't An Engineer?

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‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ is something that we’re all asked when we’re young. But how many of us are true to our answer back then? How many of us know what we really want to do at such an early stage in life and have actually stuck to that plan? 

What if we made a mistake? What if we missed our true calling? What if…?
 

I have to confess that I really didn’t know what I wanted to do when I was young. I went through phases of wanting to work with animals, wanting to travel, wanting to be a translator for the European Parliament (bizarre I know!). However, I’ve had a lot of interesting roles during my working life, learning and experiencing a great deal, and come into contact with some amazing and inspirational people. If I’m honest, I wouldn’t change that for the world! 

But every now and again I do wonder what I’d be doing if I wasn’t working as the online community manager for the IET?

Sometimes I wish I had become an Architect as, when I was very young, I used to love drawing floorplans for houses, layouts for shopping centres, factories and planning towns! The Technical Drawing teacher at school gave me a lot of praise for my classwork but I was never encouraged to pursue it further as it wasn’t something that ‘girls’ did… In fact it was something I was strongly advised against taking up as an option in secondary school as I was told I would be the ‘only girl’ in the class. Looking back, I wish I had listened to my heart and not everyone else. If I had, who knows where I would be and what I'd be doing right now...!

Occasionally I also wish I had got into video directing/editing and creating amazing content like this:



I don’t think anyone would disagree with me when I say that the Top Gear video production team are excellent at what they do and I would love to spend an afternoon with their video/sound editing team! wink Although maybe not so much now that Messrs Clarkson, Hammond and May are no longer involved… sad

I often wonder how many of us have qualifications in one subject but end up doing something completely unrelated...

Did you always want to be an Engineer? Was there something else you always wanted to be? Something you wished you’d done instead? Do you still see yourself as an Engineer in 5,10,15 years from now?  Share your own thoughts in the comments below and take part in our short survey.
 
141fd6c58663c06b570e67767c6e8f1f-huge-liA self-confessed Geek and a HUGE James Bond fan, Lisa is the Online Community Manager for the IET's Engineering Communities online community platform. In her spare time she likes to spend more time behind a video camera than she does in front of it…wink
 
Posted by Lisa Miles on Jul 18, 2017 11:43 AM Europe/London

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Hi there! I'm Lisa and I'm the Online Community Manager at the IET.  Any opinions expressed are mine alone and do not represent the official views of the Institution.

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