How can I make a long-term Engineering career plan?
The engineering sector may not be as proactive in its recruitment of fresh graduates as some other industries, but don’t take this to mean that it has an abundance of qualified and skilled engineers - it doesn’t.
Demand for engineers in the UK is at a premium the need for skilled engineers continuing to rise year on year.
To meet this increased demand, the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) states that the UK will need to significantly increase the number of engineering graduates or be forced to outsource skilled professionals from overseas. There are many instances where we have already seen this happen.
However, this demand also creates genuine career opportunities for those engineers who can demonstrate both technical and ‘soft’ skills (i.e. communication, leadership, business acumen).
With billions of pounds being invested into a wide range of sectors, the future career prospects of Britain’s engineers are excellent.
Although we cannot predict the future with certainty, we can at least get a taster for what is to come. That demand can carve out a long and rewarding career path for those who have the skills that are in short supply.
- Rail - the UK Government has ambitious plans to create a 'bigger, stronger' railway which will carry twice as many passengers as it does today. This will create demand for a significant number of civil, electrical and mechanical engineers and related trades
- Renewable energy – with increased pressure to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions and produce a fifth of its energy from renewable sources, the long term prospects for engineers to develop alternative energy sources are excellent
- Nanotechnology – the increasing trend for medical diagnostic equipment to be miniaturised, faster and more accurate will ensure the continued need for various disciplines, including mechanical and electronic engineers
When making career goals, make sure they are SMART - Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely. Aim to develop new skills to stay one step ahead of the game and become a pioneer in the industry, boldly going where no engineer has gone before.