The exact moment your engineering diploma is handed to you should also be the moment that you can say to yourself that you are ready to be an engineer in the outside world. It should also be a moment that the dream is finally achieved, that you have already gotten the degree you have worked hard for in years.
But it’s different in reality, because something is wrong. It feels that you are not ready, that what you learned in college seems to be not enough.
Quite a familiar feeling, eh? You are not alone. Thousands of fresh graduates every year experience that feeling of being unsure, of being doubtful of his or her own capacity to become an engineer.
Source: University of Rochester
There’s no need for fresh engineering graduates to fret about it. The fact that you managed to survive your college life on your own means one thing: everything can be learned, you just need to be willing to learn. And that includes being an engineer in the outside world.
Engineering is a continuous process of learning – even the older generation of engineers can say this wholeheartedly – and young engineers should never be afraid to learn and re-learn.
If you think that what you learned in engineering college is not enough, you are most likely to be correct. Engineering, in any field of focus, has concepts vast enough not to able to be learned in just four or more years of classroom knowledge. It takes more than just discussions and laboratory experiments to discover the real engineering, but a lifetime dedicated for the engineering pursuit.
Source: India Times
Focus on which career path you want to take. What you learned in college are essentially the fundamentals, and the applications are yet to be discovered in the field.
The truth is, you can never be fully ready and equipped to get your first engineering job. There will always be something you don’t know that will only be learned on the job. Stop thinking about what you do not know and start focusing on what you do know. That way you will see yourself as more prepared and ready than you think you are.