There’s nothing great about being an engineer. You’re not necessarily smarter, there are low-paid engineering jobs and most of the time, you don’t even need half of what they taught you at school so you’re always wondering why you racked up huge debts for college tuition (for some of us).
I studied Electrical Engineering. No one ever knows what we do. Some think we are trained to change light bulbs because that is what the word electrical evokes. But Rowan Atkinson became Mr. Bean and I for example work in Logistics. I changed my major when I discovered you didn’t need me to change your light bulb (and it wasn’t even part of the curriculum)…so see, they’re not that ingenious.
This said, there are no reasons for you to call yourself an engineer if you’re not one. Why would anyone call themselves a banana when you’re really a mango ? I like bananas better, but it’s a personal choice: they don’t stain, that’s very pratical. The eating process is less complex too:
Banana: peel – eat – throw away
Mango: peel – eat – throw away – wash hands – wash dish
Besides, mangoes are dangerous, you can get dermatitis from touching the sap and peel whereas bananas are useful in other ways (their plants are used for high quality textiles). Being a banana is nice, but being a mango can be nice too (more vitamin C). And they have one similarity: they both contribute to our dietary needs. They just do it in different ways (see nutritional facts below).
All this to say that I came upon profile descriptions today where people called themselves bananas (but were mangoes) and I wasn’t really happy about it.
Nutritional data and images courtesy of http://www.nutritiondata.com
Banana on your left-Mango on your right
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