KNOW IT BETTER
For when topics 'Simply Put'
aren't 'Put Simply' enough.
As you might have guessed, I'm an Engineer.
I went to a Russel Group university in the United Kingdom and achieved a pretty good degree. I enjoyed my time there, and I even miss a few things about the good old days.
But not too long ago, I jumped head-first into the world of work and I realised something quickly, as did many of my university friends.
Being a qualified engineer does not mean being a practiced engineer.
Even though I invested years in the pursuit of an engineering degree, I recognised that actually, everything I studied...was for the exams.
Because in the end...it's the degree classification that matters, It's your mark of competence in the world. So naturally, you fall into the trend of learning for the exam, instead of learning for yourself.
On top of all that, you have to learn quickly!
Every 3 months would warrant the presence of an exam followed by an introduction to a new module. I don't know about you, but I certainly needed more time to consume that amount of content - we had something like 8 to 12 different modules per term!
Ultimately, I noticed that there are at least two 'macro' chapters to the Engineering journey. There is the time you spend becoming qualified through academia and then the time you spend becoming practiced through industry, teaching, or your own venture.
Now that I'm in the latter, I feel a strange but welcoming obligation to offer my perspective on getting through university as well as my ongoing journey of developing one of the most powerful mindsets possible.
The mind of the Engineer.
FOR THE MAKERS
If there's one thing I have learned, it's that the practical application of the techniques you study, is crucial.
This is especially true with engineering, computing, science, and technology.
'For The Makers' series will delve into my experiences of interacting with technology to improve my capability and confidence. I'll be recording my progress
for all readers and I invite you to try it with me!
Coming soon...probably starting with Arduino & Electronics!