Engineering in reality and engineering in people’s minds are two completely different entities. The aura surrounding engineering has grown to mythically gigantic proportions. One imagines engineers as beings who design and invent complicated machinery such as spaceships, robots and tunneling-boring behemoths but the truth is that such things need a lot of professionals with specialized knowledge working in cohesion.
People with good marks in science are considered a natural fit whether they want to be in this box or not.
It is a great field which deserves professionals who are truly passionate about it. Instead, now we have a surplus of certificate-carrying individuals who do not see engineering in its depth. Once considered a lucrative path, the demands for engineers have lowered significantly, pulling down salary packages with it.
Many dream of working in MNC’s, but the truth is, these companies simply look to use cheap labor to operate their plants. The exciting, inventing work often happens only on the parent company’s home soil – not surprisingly, a lot of professionals feel let down, after having lived with the hype for such a long time.
It’s trendy these days to study engineering and then go on to do management courses, which have nothing at all to do with engineering. Umpteen numbers of students also tend to get Kts (keep terms) or take a drop because simply being ‘good at science’ is not enough to deal with engineering. Often, such individuals lose confidence completely when they don’t fare well because after all, they are attempting something that’s not their really their forté.
It is inevitable that students and employees start feeling restless and unfulfilled. Life becomes a boring routine of 9-5. The soul calls for something more. A high salary package is simply not enough to quench a person’s thirst for achieving something (remember Maslow’s hierarchy pyramid?).
Scratch an engineer’s mind, and find a creative soul beneath!
Behind the façade of serious engineers hide many creative souls, struggling to find purchase in reality. Words, thoughts and stories beg to be written. Doodles almost spill out of fingertips. Wherever they go, they see a blank canvas, inviting them to give it life.
Is this you?
If yes, perhaps you should consider career options where you can do what your heart calls you to do. Perhaps the road you’re taking to your destination has been a roundabout one, but there’s always happiness when you reach your destination.
Here are a few options to consider:
Youtube Tutorials: Making video tutorials are not just lucrative but can be a way to stardom as well. A study by Variety Magazine suggests that people are seven times more in awe of YouTube stars than mainstream ones. The reason for this is said to be the relatability of the YouTube personality and intimacy. There is a ‘one of us’ feeling that is undeniable to followers. If you can connect to your audience and make their life simpler with walk-throughs and tutorials, you’ll reap rich rewards. The best part is you do not need fancy equipment. As a matter of fact, the hand-held, made-at-home feel can be quite an advantage.
Blog Writer: As an engineer, you’re probably well-versed in tech-speak. Writing technology related blogs can be highly rewarding. Technical articles are usually considered boring and unfathomable to lay readers. Good technical writers are very much in demand as not many possess the skill to present technical know-how succinctly. If you can bring simplicity and creativity to technology in words, the sky’s your limit. Your blogs do not have to be restricted to tech, however. You can write about anything that you’re passionate about, be it movies, Bollywood, wild-life and anything under the sun. You can gain followers from all over the world and get paid by advertisers who would like to feature their products on your blog, if you have a high viewership.
Sci-fi Author: You can put your scientific/technical knowledge to good use. Delve into the fascinating world of science fiction and come up with your own futuristic inventions and scenarios. Use your flair for words and your passion for story-telling – who knows, you may end up writing that next bestseller!
Copywriter: With thousands of brands peppering the market, the role of advertising is always on the rise. The industry hungers for people with new ideas and good writing skills. Enter the highly exciting world of big bold ideas, where you can experiment and push your imagination to its limits. Advertising accepts people from varied backgrounds and many engineers are choosing to explore this field and reaping rich rewards. There are online and offline courses that ease your way into this new field but most of the nitty-gritties are learnt on the job. Omnivore Academy prepares you for the world of advertising copywriting in a fastrack, interactive three-month online course, conducted by award-winning professionals from the industry.
Technological Review Writer: You could specialize in writing reviews for electronic gadgets. You can influence millions of people who are constantly looking for honest, reliable and well-explained reviews about tech specs that they don’t understand. You can wield the power to make or break brands with your words. Apart from profit, as a bonus, you also get free samples to experience their pros and cons yourself.
Engineering and writing may appear to be disparate fields on the surface. And for most part they are, but there are similarities to be found too. For your writing to work, your words must be pithily put, arranged in a way to give you maximum advantage. Just like you need a logical progression to make the machine work, so does writing. Your technical education can actually be a major advantage. Your writing will be focused, where most creative writers are often distracted and go off on tangents.
You can choose to make your own destiny now. The write path awaits you! Are you ready for the adventure?