There are many pathways that young engineers and engineering students can choose to develop their careers. Innovation & Entrepreneurship is one way. The word “Innovation” according to www.merriam-webster.com is ” a new idea, device, or method” or “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods“. The pathway of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for young or budding engineers is to adopt the philosophy of actively seek to find new ways of development via engineering and to commercialize the innovations. Getting a job is the traditional way of earning a living. Being a part-time or full-time entrepreneur should also be considered as a strategy in dealing with career development.
The lecture entitled Building My Engineering Career through Innovation & Entrepreneurship which is scheduled for the University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT) Point Lisas campus is geared at challenging Utilities Engineering students towards considering innovation & entrepreneurship as a career development strategy.
The paradigm or perspective of People, Process and Technology is used as guide to illustrate the keys areas to focus on in developing personal engineering career development strategy.
Having spent well over 25 years in Engineering and Management, innovation has become a way of life to me. Managers are always encountering all types of problems relating to people, their processes (the way they do things) and the technology adopted ( work tools and equipment). Figuring out and searching for new ways of solving problems brings out the Engineer in me: The scientist who develops and implement solutions to solve real life technical problems.
There is a popular saying that “”you will never find what you are not looking for“. If as engineers you are earnestly looking for ways to discover or develop new methods to improve the quality of our lives you will find strategies in which you can make a difference and positively impact your world. Some of the innovations may be the foundation for businesses for yourself or others.
Building your engineering career starts off with a focus on the first “People” issue which is yourself. There has to be a focus on what is your goal or objective. You need to determine your destination in terms of character development and the area of engineering you want to specialize in.
During my teenage years I determined that I wanted to be influential and change my world like George Washington Carver , a famous scientist and inventor. My objective was to do this as an Electronics Engineering and work in the Aeronautics field in the USA. Based on the opportunities available at the time the only option was to study Electrical Engineering at the University of the West Indies (UWI) at the St. Augustine Campus. More than 10 years after graduation with a BSc. Engineering degree, I was able to work in a Telecommunications company and study Electrical & Computer Engineering at post-graduate level at UWI.