Myths vs. Truths About Engineering 

There are many preconceived stereotypes about engineers that simply aren't true. Individuals shouldn't be ashamed of who they are, but rather, they should embrace what makes them different and use that to accomplish their lifelong goals and dreams. What makes you different is what makes you unique. Below are a few examples of what many people tend to categorize engineers as. 

Mythsmyth vs truths

Engineers...

  • LOVE math and science
  • Sit at a computer all day
  • Aren't very creative
  • Don't have good communication skills
  • Work on significant projects
  • Engineers don't have fun or diverse interests
  • Women can't be engineers

Truths

  • Although engineering requires a heavy workload of math and sciences, it does not mean all engineers enjoy the rigorous calculations of both subjects.
  • Engineers often take a hands-on approach to projects that involve teamwork and on the work site.
  • Creativity moves the world forward, and engineers have and always will be a catalyst to change and innovation.
  • Communication is the most important factor in today's world. Communication is necessary to share ideas, innovate, create products, and much more!
  • Projects vary in size. But, big or small, projects will always have a significance to the world.
  • Engineers are people too. They have varying interests and outlets that add value and happiness to their lives. Engineers are engineers because they enjoy the process of engineering
  • Women are increasingly becoming engineers. Women comprise roughly 25% of engineering graduates here at Purdue. 

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