This is an interesting question. There’s a lot of jobs I’d love to try for just one day, but the one I would choose for the purposes of this question is engineer. I just want to see if it would be a good fit for me. It was never something I considered that I would be good at, but as I’ve gotten older and paid more attention to what’s going on in my mind, the more I have realized that I seem to have an engineer mind. The way that I perceive solutions to problems is very different than most people around me.
Most of my childhood I wanted to be a doctor. I was good at math and science and it seemed like a good fit for me. It was my plan for the longest time. And in college, it was evident quickly that it wasn’t just that I had a poor teacher for chemistry in high school; chemistry wasn’t easy for me. I was distracted in college with sports, clubs, and girls. Class and the associated work was always lower priority than pretty much everything else. I was looking for the easy way to get a degree and English was that direction for me.
But what I would learn much later is that my brain is very capable of learning technical things. I had no idea that I could be so successful with that high level technical stuff that I learned in the Air Force. After I had my job for several years, they limited applicants to technical degrees only. But those with technical degrees weren’t any better at the job, so I’m not sure why they decided this would be the best option. You are eliminating a lot of talented people who could potentially be the very people you needed for the job. Such a silly way to be.
But back to engineering. I would’ve liked to be some kind of bioengineer or aeronautical engineer. I do feel like it’s way too late in life to start a program like engineering. Plus I don’t want to put myself through that high level of stress anymore for no real reason. I like to challenge myself, but not THAT much.
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