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    Engineering for a shy guy?

    I'm a mildly shy person and I'm very interested in engineering but I've heard that it requires GOOD communication skills which I don't really have. I'm able to talk to people but I get a bit flustered at times... would I die if I pursue a career in engineering?

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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Shyness isn't going to get you anywhere in the world. You have to talk with people no matter what you choose to study. Uni is mostly group work so regardless if you do engineering or not you will be talking to lots of people. Once in the workplace, employers look for soft skills as well as expertise. If you are a HD student and know everything but can't give a presentation to a group or pitch an idea, you will be at a disadvantage. Go to Uni open days, talk to people and improve your skills. Get out of your comfort zone and be uncomfortable, it's the only way that you're going to improve yourself.
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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Exp View Post
    I'm a mildly shy person and I'm very interested in engineering but I've heard that it requires GOOD communication skills which I don't really have. I'm able to talk to people but I get a bit flustered at times... would I die if I pursue a career in engineering?
    Ur going to need it for whatever u do

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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by cosmo 2 View Post
    lol

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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Communication skills are something that can 100% be learned and shyness can change as you get older.

    Pursue whatever you want to pursue, if you discover you don't like it just do something else. It's not to be taken lightly but not THAT serious.
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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Consider joining a Toastmasters.

    I also suspect you will not be the "shyest" engineer in the room in many of your lectures at University.
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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by BLIT2014 View Post
    Consider joining a Toastmasters.

    I also suspect you will not be the "shyest" engineer in the room in many of your lectures at University.
    Toastmasters is good.

    I attended a 2 day speech craft course when i was in university and received many public speaking compliments and opportunities during my first couple years in the corporate world.
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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Engineering, as with most other STEM majors, will consist of some of the shyest students at university lol.

    It's definitely something you should work on and try to overcome to some extent while studying, but I don't think engineering requires any special consideration for this.
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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Communication is necessary for all courses and in life, there are so many suggestions here but my personal favourite is getting a part time job.
    Since I started working (retail/hospitality) I've had so many opportunities to talk with new people/colleagues and customers whenever I want - I highly recommend it!

    Best of Luck!

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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Quote Originally Posted by Queenroot View Post
    Ur going to need it for whatever u do
    Pretty much this, everyone recruiter will hold communication skills in high regard for pretty much every job.

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    Re: Engineering for a shy guy?

    Communication is the most important skill regardless of any profession.

    I used to be an awkward and shy person too. You'll overcome it. Join a club at university, toastmasters, sports team, work a part-time job.
    Treat others with respect and they will do the same to you. The ones who don't treat others with respect are not worth your time and effort.

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