• Question: If a person wishes to enter your field what characteristics must he/she display./

    Asked by zoha to Ant, Dan, Matt, Mike, Steph on 15 Mar 2012.
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      Stephanie Tomlinson answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Enthusiasm is always a good one! It helps if you have skills in maths and understanding how the world works. Good communication and teamwork are also very handy (although there are lots of engineers without these skills too). I think spatial awareness and being able to visualise ideas are useful characteristics as these help you to be creative and come up with solutions quickly and on the spot.

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      Dan Veal answered on 15 Mar 2012:

      Agree with enthusiams. From that, add diligence (where you’re willing to keep working on a problem until it’s fixed, not giving up). Also flexibility, my boss might come in tomorrow and tell me I’m being switched to a completely different project, I need to be ok with that be ready to dive into something new if needed without complaining.

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      Mike Salter answered on 16 Mar 2012:

      Definitely enthusiam! I think attention to detail is also really important, but also teamwork and communication too

    • Photo: Matt Maddock

      Matt Maddock answered on 19 Mar 2012:

      First and foremost, you should enjoy engineering and science! If you’ve got Lego or Meccano, that’s a good sign!

      Really, that enthusiasm is the single most important factor! If you love hat you’re doing, everything else will fall into place!