With 2014 right around the corner, it’s time for all of of us to reflect on our 2013 accomplishments and areas that we’d like to improve.
My professional New Year’s resolutions always looks something like this:
- Find new ways to communicate the cool factor of an engineering education.
- Conspire with other engineering evangelists to find new ways to communicate the cool factor.
- Communicate the cool factor to teachers, counselors and parents.
- Spread the joy.
- Repeat often.
Although my list defies resolution etiquette by not being very specific, it works for me. Sometimes I also add in the margin my definition of “cool factor” just in case I learn new things about engineering and somehow overlay the old information instead of adding to it.
Margin notes: Cool Factor = An engineering education teaches you how to think. You learn analytical, logical and problem-solving skills that help in everything that you do. Consider engineering education as a launching pad to become anything that you want to be. Spatial visualization, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and creativity can be transferred and applied to any field and are excellent tools for the future – whatever your future may be. Once you finish an engineering degree, you really feel like you can do anything.
This is how I do my part in making a better world. If people can spend 8-10 hours a day doing something they enjoy, the world will be a better place.