At Dandelions, we want to create connections that matter. Recently, we have secured one connection that matters with Anthony Falabella, our new Mechatronics Engineer!
Woohoo, welcome Anthony!
In this article, he will be answering some questions regarding his journey in the engineering field and also share a bit of advice for those who want to pursue a career in engineering.
Q1 Why did you choose to be an engineer? Which field and why?
Hey, my name Is Anthony Falabella. I am an engineer who joined Dandelion earlier this month.
Funny enough, unlike most engineers I speak to, I never knew what I wanted to be while growing up. I didn't always want to be an engineer.
Throughout school, I was always good with math and science but I also did a lot of sports. Towards the end of high school, I started to get more and more into boxing. I was representing both my state and country in amateur boxing.
I finally finished school and still didn't know what to do. No one in my immediate family has ever gone to university so I decided that maybe I should give it a go. I got into two different degrees: Sports and Exercise Science and Engineering. I was more inclined to follow the sports aspect of my life then, so I chose sports and exercise science.
After a year I realised that wasn't for me as it felt more like a glorified PT (not that anything is wrong with PT's, it just wasn't where I wanted to go in life). I decided to switch to mechanical engineering, not even really knowing what the degree actually was, or even what engineering was. I just heard Mechanical Engineering was a good middle ground and mechatronics was still 'fairly unrecognised'. The whole first year was math and science that you have to learn without really knowing what for. I absolutely hated it.
By my third year, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I started to see how engineering has changed the world through the use of scientific theories and discoveries applied to real-world problems - that and my need to understand how things work and what makes things tick. It was about this time that I decided to be an engineer, and my field is Mechanical even though I am more inclined toward the mechatronics side of things.
Q2 Best and worst thing about your field?
To me, engineering is the closest thing we have to true magic in this world. It makes the seemingly impossible, possible. So for me knowing and having an understanding of how things work, and how to solve society's problems in a realistic way is probably the best thing.
On the flip side, anyone who has ever tried to learn magic or sleight of hand knows the worst thing about 'magic' is the tireless effort and endless hours of required training to actually make magic 'work'.
For engineering, that is the studying obscure or straight up boring concepts in order to understand how the world works on a chemical, electrical, mechanical and mathematical level without really being told: "This is why you are required to learn these concepts" or "How it is going to be useful".
The other thing I would say is trying to get your foot in the door of any industry as somebody with no experience outside of my education in the engineering industry. This is a major challenge I would say the large majority of young inexperienced engineers face.
Q3 10 years from now, what do you think would be the best thing to work on?
Not too fussed on this one. I would like to be working on something that makes society as a whole better, and make a decent amount of money doing it. The world does revolve around money after all, and without money, it is really difficult to make an impact on any of the real problems facing society.
Q4 Best thing about working at Dandelions? Or just first impressions
I have only been here about a month so far, so it is still very early days. I would say the culture and support provided by the team. They believe in dreams and goals. Everyone here is a go-getter, they don't sit around waiting for the world to change for the better they are all putting 100% into making it happen!
Q5 If you were to give one piece of advice to a person in school who wanted to pursue engineering, what would it be?
I would probably give you 4 pieces of advice:
The first year or two is going to suck, power though. There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Don't seclude yourself in doing the courses of only one major - try and do some coding, chemical, mechanical, electronics and even physics classes early on to get an understanding of what really interests you. For me, that was coding and electro-mechanical systems were more aligned with mechatronics, but it was too late for me to change majors. Also, you never know when you might need to have knowledge of the other majors.
No (wo)man is an island - you can't do it all yourself. Make connections and friends. Not only is it extremely helpful to have study partners, but when you are out looking for jobs or trying to make it on your own, the world is initially more about who you know rather than what you know. It doesn't matter if you have the solution to world hunger if you aren't able to get into a room with the people able to make it happen, it doesn't solve anything.
Don't fear failure, fear failing to try again in a different way.
Thank you Anthony for doing this interview with us. Once again, welcome to the Dandelions team!