My career choices have been heavily influenced by the extracurricular activities and the work experience that I did. The best way to learn about being an engineer is definitely by doing it.
The RAF and Briggs Automotive Company, a supercar company, have just launched a competition, for 16 - 25 year olds in the UK, to design a transport vehicle for Mars. The winning design will be made into a 3D model, and the winner gets a week's work experience at the Briggs Automotive Company Mono factory in Liverpool. There are 10 other prizes too for the undoubtedly awesome designs that will be submitted.
This is a chance to have a go at some of the many sectors of engineering. It combines transport, space travel, materials engineering... and others too! It's also a potential opportunity to get some great work experience.
The deadline for entries is noon on Sunday 21st October, so get designing. There's lots more information about the competition and how to enter here: http://www.starrship.space/competition/