Engineer at Jacobs, Mayo football player and a 2019 Engineers Week Superhero Ambassador Tom Parsons reveals why he became an engineer and what a typical day looks like:
Why did you choose to study engineering?
I chose to study engineering because I enjoy team-work, problem solving and challenges! Engineering is a field that solves the most impactful problems in our world, like creating transportation networks that link cities, creating clean energy and treating cancer. I believe the role of an engineer is constantly changing the world with innovative solutions that affect everyone’s lives.
What is your favourite thing about being an engineer?
I really enjoy working in a team environment and collectively delivering important engineering projects that make a difference. Engineers are always in demand and always hold a prestigious and reputed position in society, so I like the feeling of being valued and making a difference.
What has been your biggest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement is overcoming obstacles in life, engineering, sport and study. I have had set-backs with exams, engineering projects, sport, and life, and I’m proud to have the resilience to bounce back and try again. I think that’s what engineering is all about, being resilient to overcome challenges, solve problems and try again.
What does a typical day involve for you?
My day always varies, that’s the beauty of engineering. Working with Jacobs Engineering, sometimes I travel to the UK and Europe to work with specialist engineering teams or meet clients, and other days I am working on the design of projects. My day always involves team meetings and workshops, so communication skills are really important. What I love is that everyday is different, new challenges, problems and meeting new people, so you never have to worry about getting bored.
What would be your advice to young people looking to pursue a career in engineering?
I believe engineering will positively impact your life and is one of the most interesting, dynamic career choices you could make. You will learn how to think like an engineer, solve problems and work on projects that make a difference to our society. You develop logical thinking, critical analysis skills, decision-making and most importantly people and communication skills. All these skills are greatly needed in the professional world, and I believe the decision to study engineering is one of the most adaptive career paths a young person can make. The skills you learn in engineering are very transferable to any career path, so as the saying goes “the world is your oyster ?”.