Saturday, September 09, 2006

Engineer: Career or hobby?

I do not know how many of you are ambition to become engineer. I hope I'm not the lonely one.

When we were young, our teacher always ask us about our ambition. Doctor, nurse, teacher, lawyer, scientist, policeman, president, etc. But seldom people will say engineer. Why? Maybe because of the defination of engineer.

Oxford define engineer as

a person who maintains or controls an engine or machine or a skilful contriver

But what is contriver?

Contrive is a verb that mean manage to do something foolish, thus contriver is a person that manage to do something foolish.


Ok, engineer is either an engine or machine controller or a person that can do "foolish" tasks.

Oxford define career as
An occupation undertaken for a significant period of a person's life, usually with opportunities for progress.
and it define hobby as
An activity done regularly for pleasure.

Back to the title, who willing to deal with "foolish" tasks all day long as a career?

Secondly, an occupation frequently related to paid, however engineer never related to high paid as manager, lawyer, doctor, etc.

Thirdly, what can engineer progress to? Engineer manager? So it's a manager or still an engineer?

By all these evidents and facts, I think engineer is a hobby more than a career.

Anyway, as I always said, happy to become an engineer. Love you job but please don't fall in love with your company :)