Archive for July, 2012

Why I Left Engineering

Engineering is fun. Finding solutions to problems using science and technology as your main tools is something absolutely fascinating, creative and rewarding in many ways.

I was very excited about hitting the workplace after graduating in 2002, but somehow, things did not turn out the way I was expecting them to. I worked for seven years as an engineer, and each time I was starting a new job, the same pattern kept coming back. I was very excited about starting fresh but after a honeymoon phase of a few months, I was back at struggling to find motivation and it seemed the days at the office were getting longer and longer.

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“Education is not something you will find in books, Patrick.”

That’s what Uncle Jim told me on my parents front porch, as he was about to leave to the airport. And as any 14 year old would do in a similar situation, I nodded politely and said goodbye.

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