5 tips for young engineers (from the experienced engineers)


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Don’t you wish you could turn back the clock and apply the lessons you’ve learned later in life to the decision you made earlier in your career? Well, if you’re a new engineer, here’s your chance. We collected advice from experienced engineers, asking what they wish they knew when they just starting an engineering career. Interestingly, much of the advice was not about technical skills or specific projects. It’s primarily around the need for lifelong learning.

Russ Roberts‘s insight:

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this excellent article.   The guidance for young engineers could also apply to amateur radio, where many of us seem to be caught up in the “peripherals” of the hobby, rather than the “meat” of the “radio art.”  Most of the engineers surveyed for this report reinforce what we fellow teachers call the “need for lifelong learning.”  It isn’t enough to acquire knowledge and pass the test.  You must also expand the base of that knowledge–a task that will continue throughout your life.  An amateur radio license or a professional degree is not the end of your schooling; they are but launching pads to further inquiry.  Learning is a life-long process.  As amateur radio operators, we have the unique opportunity to explore electrical phenomena first hand.  There are so many facets to amateur radio that it would take a lifetime to study them all.  Just as engineers and teachers must refresh their knowledge from time to time, it’s incumbent upon amateur radio operators to investigate and use the various niches comprising this wonderful, science-based avocation. Perhaps you could use a new mode, such as PSK31, WSPR, or Clover.  Better yet, share your amateur radio experiences with a newly licensed ham or with an amateur radio operator in another country.  Remember, learning new things keeps your mind sharp and expands your knowledge base.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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