• Question: Does being a engineer affect your personal life? .e.g. traveling to other countries (away from family)

    Asked by Marce to Vix, Rhys, Josh, Demi, Clare, Andrew on 8 Mar 2018. This question was also asked by Marce, Toby.
    • Photo: Victoria Herbert

      Victoria Herbert answered on 8 Mar 2018:

      Sometimes I have to work away from home but it has always been my choice. A lot of my friends work in jobs where you don’t need to go away.

    • Photo: Andrew Constantine

      Andrew Constantine answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      I do not travel to other countries for my work, but I work long hours which can take me away from my family.

    • Photo: Demi Ademuyewo

      Demi Ademuyewo answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      That’s a really thoughtful question Marce. Realistically it does but engineering companies are working hard to reduce this by increasing flexible working patterns that allow engineers to be with their family more.

    • Photo: Rhys Edwards

      Rhys Edwards answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      I have to travel a fair amount with work, but that is my choice as a result of the job I’ve got. I know plenty of engineers in my organisation who don’t need to travel very much.

    • Photo: Clare Causier

      Clare Causier answered on 9 Mar 2018:

      As the others have said there is a lot of variety in the work expectations of engineers.

      One reason that I chose to go in to the wind industry is that there is a lot of it going on in the UK so I can always spend weekends at home. In reality I can go several months without needing to travel and I have some choice about when I go away.

      Many engineers really enjoy the experience of visiting new places and working on big projects & sometimes your employer will pay for your family to move to a new country with you so that you can do a specific job for a few years.