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I had work experience at a structural engingeering firm and i found it so boring, I want to do something science related with maths as a job but something thats also interesting?

I like the idea of Architecture but dont like that fact you have to study for 7 years.
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I had work experience at a structural engingeering firm and i found it so boring, I want to do something science related with maths as a job but something thats also interesting?

I like the idea of Architecture but dont like that fact you have to study for 7 years.
Aeronautical engineering? Mechanical Engineering?

Those are my two favourites.
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umm i really quite like structural mechanics at the moment.

it really depends on the person though :/ the only way is to do a general engineering degree, and see what you like, then specialise in it
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I had work experience at a structural engingeering firm and i found it so boring, I want to do something science related with maths as a job but something thats also interesting?

I like the idea of Architecture but dont like that fact you have to study for 7 years.
Define "interesting". In general, jobs are boring - people do them because they need the money! Of all the careers I could be about to enter with an engineering degree, structural engineering is the one that most appeals to me because it's meaningful and tangible, unlike some careers which seem to be based on making a living counting / gambling with other people's money (**cough** banking **cough**).

I think that with many "science related with maths" jobs you are going to be paid for your numerical / analysis skills rather than for being creative, and engineering (structural in particular) is probably amongst the most "interesting" stuff around.

What was it about the job that you found boring? Too much science and not creative enough?
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If you're expecting to be going **** yeah everyday then I think you're in for a surprise. If you want that feeling then you might want to consider the forces
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Define "interesting". In general, jobs are boring - people do them because they need the money! Of all the careers I could be about to enter with an engineering degree, structural engineering is the one that most appeals to me because it's meaningful and tangible, unlike some careers which seem to be based on making a living counting / gambling with other people's money (**cough** banking **cough**).

I think that with many "science related with maths" jobs you are going to be paid for your numerical / analysis skills rather than for being creative, and engineering (structural in particular) is probably amongst the most "interesting" stuff around.

What was it about the job that you found boring? Too much science and not creative enough?

I thought there was too many calculations and stuff :/ Isnt there a type of engineering which involes designing parts etc for cars/planes?
Im very creative and really good at graphics but the money isn't too good as a graphic/product designer.
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I had a strong desire to do engineering a few years back, and I found aerospace and motorsport engineering to be really exciting. Especially if it's for Formula 1 :sogood: or machines like fighter jets! Really exciting stuff, and civil can be really cool too if you get to work on skyscraper projects :woo:

All forms of engineering can be quite exciting, depends more on what type of projects you apply the field of engineering to.. rather than the field itself.
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Genetic engineering is really not boring.

Unless you're one of the drones making observations about bacteria all day long. Then I would imagine it would be the pinnacle of tedium.
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I thought there was too many calculations and stuff :/ Isnt there a type of engineering which involes designing parts etc for cars/planes?
Im very creative and really good at graphics but the money isn't too good as a graphic/product designer.
Hang on, but you said you wanted a "science related with maths" type job? As I said earlier, in a lot of this sort of job you get paid to analyse things, not to be particularly creative. They can find a guy who didn't spend four years doing a science / maths based degree, pay him less than you and let him have the job of drawing the pretty pictures of what a car will look like.

I think you will find that any type of engineering can involve lots of calculations. Anybody can draw a pretty picture of what a new product will look like but the skill is in looking at the details - engineers might spend an awfully long time working on one single part to optimise the shape / material / manufacturing process to maximise performance of minimise weight / cost. There is plenty of opportunity for "too many calculations" with any kind of engineering - none of it is a case of simply drawing pretty pictures, that's not what engineering is!
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I'm afraid there's no easy engineering. All of them involve a lot of maths and lateral thinking, and they are all fairly hard courses.
The most exciting engineering is probably mechanical and aeronautical (I applied for both, and should be starting mechanical at UCL). From what I've seen, everyone really enjoys it, and the jobs you can get into are rewarding and exciting.
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Hello! What about automotive engineering? Sounds cool especially if you are a car-lover
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Hello! What about automotive engineering? Sounds cool especially if you are a car-lover
Yeah but do you know what it involves? Aeronautical (and I think automotive) contains an awful lot of very tedious aerodynamics stuff, with nasty maths. Just because the thing you're making is interesting doesn't mean the maths is easy.
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Electronic!
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Aeronautical engineering? Mechanical Engineering?

Those are my two favourites.
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i know someone doing mech eng at bristol. he seems to enjoy it

but he also likes aerospace :dontknow:
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Mechanical (with automotive).
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Does anyone know what Architectural Engineering is like?
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Chemical Engineering in the oil/gas sector looks very interesting!
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aerospace engineering wicked man!
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F1 :coma:
Anything to do with Space shuttles :sogood:
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(Original post by hash007)
I had work experience at a structural engingeering firm and i found it so boring, I want to do something science related with maths as a job but something thats also interesting?

I like the idea of Architecture but dont like that fact you have to study for 7 years.
Well did you know that in structural but mainly civil engineering there are three main parts to it.

Contracting
Consultancy
Design

If you're looking for a changing and challenging environment, then contracting is for you. In most cases you'd be on site rather than in the office with consultancy/design. (Consultancy isn't really an option until you've gained a lot of experience to be useful).
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