Engineering is your path to becoming a billionaire!

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  1. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates ...and people wonder why?

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    Engineers are smart and down to earth and love their jobs for which they are well paid. = save/invest heaps of money. Makes sense and good on them.
    Business studies came in 2nd. A very relevant course.

    This is interesting and encouraging to read:
    Even Arts students can be successful.
     
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    Did that article mention anything about year nine drop outs ?
     
  4. MTR

    MTR Bling Bling

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    But you have not met my BIL, down to earth.... NOT.

    Come to think of it I have not met many that are... oops:p
     
  5. redwing

    redwing Progress Not Perfection

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    What if you didn't drop out, the school just said there was no point in you continuing :D
     
  6. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker/strategist

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    Engineering is essentially a degree in solving real world problems with practical solutions. There's a lot of money to be made in identifying problems or needs and providing solutions to them.

    Those skills can be applied to a lot of seemingly unassociated fields.
     
  7. Mr. Fabulous

    Mr. Fabulous Thought Criminal

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    In one of the first editions of the BRW Young Rich list, most of the people on the list hadn't gone to Uni. Given the right opportunities, anyone has a shot at being successful.
     
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    I would suggest that it wasn't the engineering degree that made these people successful - the education/degree was merely a set of tools they gathered along the way and it was much more about their personality, drive, opportunity and courage that made them who they are.

    They did not succeed BECAUSE they did engineering. They succeeded AND they were engineers.

    Of course, a large part of the "opportunity" aspect comes from the skills they had learned - but I think there are plenty of opportunities for the right people with the right motivation and courage with skills that aren't necessarily so technical.

    (as an aside, I think there's a whole lot more to this debate regarding the technical vs non technical aspect - especially as it relates to scarcity of skill and competition - the ability to do or create something that nobody else can/has because of your unique set of skills and opportunities)
     
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    Arts student= future Labor/Greens politician?
     
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    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker/strategist

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    Most politicians that I know studied law or politics at Uni.
     
  11. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates ...and people wonder why?

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    Apparently some guy called Diiick Smith dropped out and did ok for himself.

    All that book lurning is overrated.
     
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    Scott No Mates ...and people wonder why?

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    And many graduate lawyers and accountants live by the mantra "do you want fries with that?"
     
  13. VYBerlinaV8

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    This.

    I did engineering as my undergrad degree and it was very much 'sink or swim'. If assignments (which often had to be programmed or constructed) didn't work and therefore weren't passed, you didn't get to attempt the 100% weighted exam. You were simply failed for that subject.

    The problem solving and drive that environment taught me has translated very nicely into the realm of professional consulting.

    I'll probably never be a billionaire, but I'm already wealthier beyond any expectation I had as a younger man.
     
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    Dick Smith did great. So did Bill Gates.

    But now let's publish the list of dropouts who didn't succeed. (It might be a bit big for a single post.)
     
  15. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates ...and people wonder why?

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    And I thought that the auto censor would pick that up
     
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    Did you drop out in year 9? I teach some pretty smart school drop outs. But your grammar seems too good!
     
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    Are they pulling in the dough? Even if yes, they don't have time to invest.
     
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    Im an civil engineer, also did a business degree, a few of the guys i studied with were keen to get into developing and some invest in stocks while at uni. A lot of problem solving involved in the degree, and large workloads. I think a drive and passion to succeed is probably the main thing, engineering just provides me a decent financial foundation to build from.
     
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    ^^^This. Some of the most success individuals I know are people who have come from engineering backgrounds, but are not longer in the consulting or contracting sides of engineering business - they've left and gone on to do other things.
     
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    You forgot "and extremely handsome"!