In our recent survey, we asked you about learning and teaching. We wondered whether you were done with formal education and whether you were still learning informally. We also looked at whether you were dispensing knowledge.
We received 75 responses to the poll, which was set up to permit multiple selections. Hence, the answers selected add up to more than 75.
The top two choices are quite interesting:
1. Are you getting your knowledge online (like from Planet Analog)? 44 respondents or 58.7 percent.
2. Are you self-taught? 33 respondents or 44.0 percent.
From this we can conclude that a lot of engineers are self-taught (they don't have a bachelor's degree) and they continue to learn (which is pretty much mandatory as an engineer). Coming to this site should be quite useful.
Related to “self-taught” is mentoring. Thirteen respondents or 17.3 percent said they were being mentored at work. And 21 respondents or 28 percent were doing the mentoring. This is always good to see — it's good news (and probably good karma) when we see one group of people willing to help another.
Some of our respondents are quite new at engineering — 15 respondents or 20 percent said they are still in college, so all the more reason why they should keep coming back to Planet Analog to round out their education.
One category that's perhaps a bit sad: Are you the only engineer, so there is no one else to teach or to learn from? 17 respondents or 22.7 percent fit into that one. In engineering, it's best to have others around to bounce ideas off of and clarify one's thinking. To those folks, we're here for you. Keep checking back with us and feel free to post any questions in the comments section of this or any other blog. You can also start a completely new line of questions/comments by clicking on the “Start a Board” link.
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