Ever wonder why there are so many Latino janitors, gardeners, maids and buss boys? … Probably because nobody ever told them they might be better off as engineers, mathematicians or plain scientists. Duh!
But this might change soon thanks to the upcoming publication of Ay mijo, why do you want to be an Engineer?, a new book endorsed by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) “as a way to get the word out to young people about the benefits of pursuing a career in the field.”
According to SHPE’s Web site, this is the second volume in the Ay Mija / Ay Mijo series (yep, there is a series!) and it tells the inspirational stories of 12 Latino engineers, including NASA Astronaut Jose Hernandez, and some other fellows who work for some big corporations, including Proctor [sic] & Gamble.
By the way: after an active one month and a half looking for a decent job to no avail, I have seriously considered joining the fray and write my own Ay Mija, Why Did You Want to be a Journalist?