Hot Young Engineers!

Recruitment Demand Makes Engineering Ideal University Choice

Written by Elena Doncheva | Hot Young Engineers! | Thursday 26th February 2015 10:47:00 GMT

In the UK alone by 2022, 1.8 million new engineering, science and technology professionals will be needed. There are many reasons why 2015 is the ideal year to be an engineer.

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It is cool to be an engineer. But we will skip the trivial reasons and will focus on the really important ones.

To begin with, you have choice – a huge variety of profession choices. Engineering is not a one-way street. You will be able to choose from environmental to mechanical, from chemical to construction.

You will also never be unemployed. There are numerous prospects for career development, like graduate programs, apprenticeships and a constantly growing number of job vacancies.

In the UK alone by 2022, 1.8 million new engineering, science and technology professionals will be needed, and everyone is looking at the younger generations to satisfy demand.

Also, as an engineer you will be among the best paid graduates. Your starting salary will range from between £20,000 and £30,000. Depending on the industry you work in, your salary should increase on average by at least £15,000. Doesn't this make all those hours of studying for exams worth it?

Engineering is not a boring profession. Engineers typically work in fast-growing industries and with new technologies. You will encounter new challenges every day, tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.

Engineers could potentially help to beat global warming and hunger, and enable access to clean water supplies in developing countries.

Studying engineering will allow you to gain a better understanding of how different technologies work, and you can transfer that knowledge into another profession.

For instance, not many know that Alfred Hitchcock, the famous film director, graduated from the London County Council School of Engineering and Navigation. Knowing what technical problems could arise during the shooting scenes contributed to Hitchcock becoming the cinematic legend that he was.

Female engineers are also in demand, due to a lack of women entering the profession. In the UK, only 7% of all industry professionals are women.

“You often get noticed and definitely you are more memorable,” said Hannah Pearlman, a lead engineer at Ford, in a previous interview with EngineeringBecause.

Lastly, studying engineering does not limit you from starting your own business. There are numerous successful engineer-entrepreneurs who now run some of the most successful technology start-ups – Foursquare, Skype and Spotify, for example.

By becoming an engineering professional, you have the ability to become a modern day superhero – battling hunger and global warming, and simply improving people’s lives.  

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