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Engineering Case Histories: Case 91: Helping those interested in a technical career

As engineers and managers, we are often approached by parents or friends interested in a technical career for their children or others.

Sofronas, A., Consulting Engineer

As engineers and managers, we are often approached by parents or friends interested in a technical career for their children or others. They say the acquaintance has the ability but not the desire, time or funding to pursue a four-year engineering degree. I propose that there are other ways to achieve technical success. Here’s one definition of a successful career: Doing something you enjoy, using a skill that is needed and being rewarded with a good salary while leaving time for family and friends. It also includes proving to yourself that you can accomplish something useful. High schools promote curriculums that direct students into college because parents feel that this is what will all

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