• Question: What inspired you to work in the sector of Engineering you do today?

    Asked by wainwrh01 to Rain, Andy, Bill, Grant, Kayleigh on 13 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by walkeraj15, janjew, noel1803, billydyer281197, mckenzie2468.
    • Photo: Andrew Hearn

      Andrew Hearn answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      For me it was more of me gradually realising what it was that I wanted to do. After my A-Levels I had a huge dilemma, not knowing which career path to do – work on boats in the open sea as a marine biologist, or create software for all sorts of things – two totally different subjects! So I decided to do a two-year HND instead of jumping into a 3 or 4 year degree in case I changed my mind.

      But my involvement with computers, and how to get them to do what I want them to do, has to be because of my grandfather getting a Sinclair Spectrum 48K when I was around 11, and letting me use it at his house (only if I was on my best behaviour!) I think trying to get this small computer to do anything useful was what started me off!

    • Photo: Kayleigh Messer

      Kayleigh Messer answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      I loved watching F1 as I was growing up and wanted to work in it, but I had no idea that there was such a thing as a motorsport engineer until I was looking through university brochures mid way through my a-levels.

    • Photo: Bill Price

      Bill Price answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      Well I met a really interesting guy when I was about 14 and he turned out to be an engineer. He inspired me a bit. I enjoyed the buildings part of engineering becasue it brought me into contact with other engineers like Mechanical, Electrical, traffic, fire and geotechnics. And I also got to work with architects who I generally like.