Our job title is a perfect example of how we can be led to sell our self short. Responding to people's question 'What do you do?' may require a colourful answer or some elaboration, as opposed to offering a simple title. If we're out to impress, why not make it impressive. Eg: A couple of my jobs in the past have involved me working as a carer, analyst, chauffeur, accountant/financial manager, first aid practitioner, counselor/psychologist, seamstress, personal shopper, administrator, liaison, music/art therapist, cook, maintenance person, cleaner, advocate, general manager, gardener and the list goes on. Sounds impressive. Sounds like a lot of hard work. I'll whittle it all down to just a couple of titles, titles that don't get the respect they deserve these days - 'Mum' and 'Home maker'. The amount of women these days who are ashamed to admit they're a stay at home mum really saddens me. They typically feel a sense of shame based on the reaction they get from others.
Daniel, where would the world be without engineers? They are visionaries, hard workers, imaginative inventors, inspiring, evolutionary and more. They're a significant part of the engine of society which powers it forward into the future. Not happy with the title? Create a new one that better defines what you do. Define yourself as 'Inventor' or 'Analyst', for example. That should get people wondering. If they ask 'What do you invent?'...let's see... Could be 'I'm part of a team that invents ways of connecting people to greater social opportunities', if you're involved in designing infrastructure (bridges, roads, buildings etc). I say sell it. Stretch your imagination and stretch theirs too. Lead people to say 'That sounds interesting'. I bet the simple title of 'Engineer' doesn't do justice when it comes to what you actually do. If people want you to elaborate, you could simply say 'What I'm working on is in the design stage and this is something I can't really discuss'. Sound mysterious? Good. Leave 'em guessing :)
As I may have mentioned - One of the greatest abilities we possess is the ability to manipulate our own brain and our way of thinking. Typically this is done through the imagination. If I imagine the worst, that's what I'll see. If I imagine anything other than the worst, then that's what I'll see. Can take a lot of practice and strategy to imagine anything other than the worst. Good or bad, our imagination tends to lead the way. Can get out of control sometimes :)