There! I've said it.
When all my school friends were planning careers as doctors, bank managers or Whitehall manadarins, I was taking televisions, radios, motors (and sometimes insects) apart to find out how they worked. Then I'd try and put them back together to see if they
still worked, often without success (particularly with the insects).
I qualified at Marconi, and my career morphed through IT into banking and securities.
Nowadays, with the popularity of banks and banking in decline, maybe Engineering will become a popular and respectable career again?
I grew up reading of the great British engineers - Watt, who alledgedly turned his own top hat on a lathe from a solid piece of wood, Brunel, who built the Great Western Railway and numerous steamships. The names of many of these engineers are still immortalised
today in units of measurement - the Watt, Newton, Farad, Gilbert and so on. Engineers in Germany, USA and Japan will argue over fathership of the electric fuel cell, while overlooking the work of a Welshman, Sir William Robert Grove, who first demonstrated
the concept in 1839.
Until recently, in the UK, it hasn't been trendy to go into Engineering, and youngsters have been encouraged to train for careers with investment banks and hedge funds. With the change of sentiment in the industry, maybe this country will rediscover its
It is therefore timely to see an engineer (albeit a software engineer) replace an investment manager as the richest person in the world?
Product Strategy Director, BT GFS.