this subject appears occasionally, with varying opinions as to the best start position.
If you begin a new empty drawing, then obviously there is nothing to select.
It would be nice if Select were the default, in a drawing opened which wasn't empty of objects.
However, currently, that's the way it is.
I find it slightly irritating, but that's all.
It's a minor quirk.
You can design without engineering, but you cannot engineer without design.
Using Win 10 with Designer 2016/2017 and TurboCAD Pro. Plat. 2018/2019 + Lightworks (64-bit versions) + AnimationLab 5.2.
Windows 10 Pro 1903 (Build 18362.476) 64-bit