Antang, Singapore asked Suniti Bidikar

AddedThursday, March 29, 2012 at 7:23 AM

Can a Skinny Girl Work as a Chemical Engineer?
I am currently studying diploma in Chemical engineering. However, I’m constantly worried that as a skinny, underweight and short girl, I would not be able to cope with the physically demanding work of chemical engineering. Also, I may not even get through job interviews as the employers may feel that I am too weak for such work. In Singapore, even if one has a bachelor degree in chemical engineering, one usually has to begin as a chemical technician and do manual work in plants quite often. I am healthy and I can’t change my weight or size so I’m wondering whether a career in chemical engineering is suitable for me. I have heard advices of going into research or teaching but I want to work in the plants first before making the switch. Secondly, how can I get interested in chemical engineering subjects? I have looked for information on the career of engineering and I like the job scope but I find it difficult to gain interest in what I am studying now like rotating equipments and thermodynamics. I can handle these subjects but I want to develop a passion for them so I can excel. Lastly, it is not easy to get into chemical engineering degree course in Singapore university so if I can’t get in yet I’m still interested in chemical engineering related jobs, should I study environmental engineering ? or should I study applied chemistry? I am quite interested in dealing with environmental problems too but many say that chemical engineers can do the job of environmental engineers so there are very few jobs for environmental engineers. I am not very interested in the job of a chemist but I will be able to move abound the chemical industry better with diploma in chem Eng and degree in chemistry.
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