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There is a saying that Doctors heal the World, and it is Engineers who build it. From time immemorial, humans have been building tools and technologies that have been making our life safer, healthier, and more comfortable. Today, we are far safer from the challenges that Mother Nature throws at us, we lead longer lives, and of course we live far more comfortably than our forefathers could ever have imagined.
These achievements have been possible because today we have a far deeper understanding of the world around us. We now understand and can use the laws of nature far more effectively than ever before.
The inevitable truth
The advancement in our knowledge and therefore in our life style will be far greater in the next 25 years than in all of the humankind so far. We would have technology advancements far outstripping what we have today. Can you imagine what a caveman would think of telecommunication available today? We will be in the same situation over the next 25 to 50 years. We cannot even begin to imagine the dramatic changes that will unfold over the next few decades – be it in the area of education, healthcare, transportation, energy or any of the hundreds of other domains that make our life better and safer.
How do we as engineers prepare for it?
There is only one mantra – continuously build your competence. Let me give you a brief framework on how you can do this.
Each bubble in the diagram is an area of competence for you to focus on. Good IT engineers need to build competence across all these dimensions if they want to create value for society.
Many Sr. Software Engineers describe themselves as either Net experts or Java experts. These descriptions do not do justice to your area of expertise. They are merely a small part of what you do. It’s time to start describing yourself differently, for e.g. if you are talking to a BFSI client, you may want to say “I am an engineer who will increase your productivity by 20%, reduce mundane tasks by 40% and ensure that the motivation levels of your employees increase by 15%”.
Our job is to help solve customer problems and make their life easier. We can do this by becoming experts in various domains, technologies, tools and platforms.We must also possess the leadership and professional skills required to deliver on our commitments. Hence, if you build on these attributes as students, you can make a huge impact!
Remember, the train is leaving the station. You must either catch it or watch the world pass you by.
Engineers build the world because we know that improving our competence is like breathing – a matter of survival.
About the Author:
Director of Academics
Manipal Global Academy of Information Technology (MGAIT)
Bhaskaran holds an MBA degree in Production Management from Bangalore University and a B.Tech degree in Electronics and Communication from NIT Warangal.
Bhaskaran is a Senior Strategy Consultant helping companies to innovate and deliver their products and services, in a manner that ensures sustainable business, for both themselves and their customers. He is a trusted advisor in helping craft and live a strategy. Bhaskaran works with companies to help improve performance parameters such as top line, bottom line, customer satisfaction, employee satisfaction, product and market mix. He is also an accredited CEO Coach through Coaching Foundation of India. With over 30 years of business experience, of which 10+ years were in the role of senior management in Royal Philips Electronics.