• Question: Is it hard work to work yourself up the ladder of being an excellent engineer?

    Asked by tbonesteak to Becky, Carrie, Kelly, Robin, Usaid on 13 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by mitch.
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      Robin Stafford Allen answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      First I think you need an aptitude to things mechanical, and then with a reasonable amount of work, which is fun if you enjoy it, you can become more senior. I was a Director of Engineering in a small company and found the multitude of things I had to do spoilt the fun. So I applied for a lowly staff engineering job with CCFE and love it. (called down-sizing one’s job) and am more than happy now. It gives me a chance to do this sort of competition. Regards Robin.

    • Photo: Becky Selwyn

      Becky Selwyn answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      It is hard work to get to the top of any career, but enjoying it definitely gives you the motivation to work hard. For engineers it can be difficult to stay on the technical engineering side of a business without becoming a manager, but a lot of companies now recognise that some people don’t want to become managers and offer support for becoming technical experts in their area.