Aspiring engineers are likely to enjoy maths and science, as well as design and humanities subjects. They'll want to use their creative thinking abilities to apply their knowledge to problems around them. You'll often hear engineers say that from a young age they liked to take things apart, see how they worked and then put them back together again. There's a curiosity, creativity and practicality that's shared across their profession.
The engineers of the next 50 years will need to handle big data, work in interdisciplinary teams and know the right questions to ask. So, communication, collaboration and critical thinking will increasingly form an engineer's skill set. If you have a student who is interested in a career tackling climate change, fighting poverty and coming up with innovative ways to reuse resources, then you might like to suggest engineering as a study option at university.