SWEet Wisdom: What Influenced You Towards Engineering?

For our November SWEet Wisdom, we asked a few of our professional SWE members what influenced them to work towards a career in the engineering field.
Sweet Wisdom: What Influenced You Towards Engineering?

As someone quoted:

“To the optimist, the glass is half full.

To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.

To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”

Engineering is meant to create, design, solve, analyze and evaluate solutions to a particular problem. It helps us to become revolutionary. Developing these skills at the early stage of our education will always be a plus. Let’s hear what our SWEet Professional Members answer this question:

What influenced you to work towards a career in the engineering field?


Shephil PhilipShephil Philip- influence

B.E in Mechanical Engineering, BITS Pilani

Solution Architect, IBM

There is a quote by Albert Einstein – “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” The same curiosity made me ask questions like “why” and “how”. Curiosity encouraged me to solve problems and also made me create new problems to solve. That influenced me to build a career where I will wake up every day as a kid with curiosity to learn, experiment and solve more.


Pooja DeolankarSweet Wisdom: What Influenced You Towards Engineering?

M.Tech in Computer science and engineering, Vellore Institute of Technology

Software engineer, IBM

Aristotle had said –

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”

That says practice makes a woman perfect in what she wants to do. The engineering field interests me and is my passion, so I love to invest my time in developing new skills and learning new technologies. Once it’s about liking and passion then practicing certain skill becomes natural and enjoyable.


Aishwarya Saraswathi H MSweet Wisdom: What Influenced You Towards Engineering?

B.E. in Computer Science Engineering, Visvesvaraya Technological University

Consultant for Supply Chain Services, IBM  

We (90s kids) grew up in an age with games like dave, NFS 2, GTA VC. Playing these games, I had always wondered “what if this option was there in that game… what if that option.” This question about “what if” is what got me into engineering. Programming concepts taught at the time helped me to make my first app as part of my graduation project and kick-started my career in a similar field. Now with concepts like AI, ML, and cloud, it favors the creation and development of the ideas/solutions to a problem. As and when the solutions or the ideas turn into reality, it motivates more to analyze and solve the problem.


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