The Devil Is In The Detail, But Do You Have What It Takes To Build A Career In Engineering?

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You could argue that every career requires precision handling from impassioned employees. After all, it’s this level of focus that creates real results. For individuals considering a career in any aspect of engineering, however, the word precision takes on an entirely new meaning. 

In fact, with even one lapse in concentration potentially proving fatal, you could say that concentration here is an absolute must. yet, for millennials who have grown up operating on instant gratification, and with attention spans so-called shorter than that of a goldfish, it’s easy to assume that this field isn’t viable. .

However, with skills shortages already ravaging our engineering industry, it’s plain to see that things need to change. After all, far from simply fulfilling practical needs (which they also do), engineers are at the cutting edge of innovation. And, in a world where things are always changing, we need engineering expertise that keeps on bringing us back up to speed.

So, what does that mean for millennials who have thus far considered engineering precision out of reach? In large part, it highlights the need to begin tailoring an entirely different skillset to the fast-fire, office-based focuses that so many of us have been geared up for. Here, we’re going to consider just a few of the ways that millennial job seekers can start tailoring their skill sets for that purpose. 

# 1 – Put in the study

Many modern employers now simply seek graduate-level candidates, without really requiring specializations as such. However, just as you wouldn’t enter a career in medicine without putting in the specialist work, it’s imperative that individuals put in the study necessary to truly succeed in this field. The good news is that there are different ways to do this, the most obvious of which is a specified engineering degree, for which individuals must hold A levels in maths and some field of physical science. For individuals without A levels, apprenticeships that provide on-the-job training are a fantastic alternative route, and are especially invaluable at a time where employers in this field are keener than ever to ramp up production using fresh, applicable skills.

# 2 – Tailor your concentration

Everything that you do in any field of engineering requires dedicated concentration that enables you to ensure the safest, best-built results possible. Whether you want to be a civil engineer focusing on bridge beams and girders or a marine engineer positioning silicon bronze carriage bolts, there is no room for error. Yet, with millennials often taught to expect instant gratification, these levels of concentration are no longer a given. Instead, individuals must harness this skill, both through obvious outlets like brain-training games, and also less-obvious benefits to concentration including exercise and improved sleep. During their studies, too, budding engineers should harness higher levels of concentration to ensure that they’re always operating with the precision necessary to ensure great results.

# 3 – Understand workplace communication

While communication is necessary for every workplace, engineering that requires teams to work together seamlessly to create safer finished products takes this necessity to the next level. For individuals just entering the career world, this can be a problem, and it’s realistically one that even studying and increased focus isn’t going to help with. In fact, the only real way to perfect on-job communication is to experience it first-hand. Of course, individuals working engineering apprenticeships enjoy this benefit first-hand by getting stuck straight into the practicalities of engineering work. For individuals taking a classroom-based route, however, accepting part-time jobs alongside studying can be an ideal first step towards the seamless inter-colleague communication on which this career is ultimately going to rest. 

# 4 – Embrace creativity

It’s also essential to note that, for all of the practical learning inherent in great engineering, innovation and creativity are really what set experts apart from average achievers. As such, aside from the practicalities of your learning, you must start to tap into a more intuitive engineering outlook. Drawing or other creative hobbies can be a great way to achieve this, especially if you center them around your specific field of engineering. After all, once you’ve perfected the design of your own bridges, boats, or whatever else, you’ll be far better able to offer intuitive, valuable, and importantly viable, ideas either during the interview stage or within a role that you’ve already secured.

Engineering an engineering career isn’t easy, but these tips will surely be worth it if you think you’re the right person to fill this ever-widening skills shortage.