I'm Navika and I'm currently 20 years old and am in my Freshman year of college in America (currently undecided)
I always thought I wanted to be an engineer, but recently felt that my skills aren't purely technical. I found an assignment in college is exactly what I want to do:
-Address a global challenge
-Create a profile of the problem - who it impacts, who are the stakeholders, does each group have conflicting needs etc.
-Design a solution - state intent, delineate observations and concepts one is building upon,
-Iterate on the solution, seek feedback, implement a working solution.
I want to do this for a variety of global challenges, and ultimately end up working directly with Elon Musk.
Each of his companies is built around addressing a specific global problem.
Who does this kind of work in real life? People at my college said its mostly entrepreneurs. I see 80,000 hours essentially does a version of this related to careers- I'd love if I could talk to one of the people on the team and see if I could conduct research for 80,000 hours.
What should I study? I am a very interdisciplinary person.
Someone told me that it is engineers, lawyers and doctors that solve the toughest problems, so I was thinking it might be better to study engineering. However I do not want to be in the technical details, executing on someone else's vision, I'd rather create the vision and then oversee its implementation.
Thanks in advance for any replies!