Every company wants to attract customers, but what about attracting employees? This problem is widely known in the engineering sector. New talent should be on top of the list for every business. With engineering having been male-dominated in the past, employers should also heavily focus on female engineers. We have all seen job adverts with unrealistic expectations. Companies expect potential employee to be bring fresh ideas to the workplace and be young and open but with great previous experience. The paradox is clear – have an experience to get a job. But how are young people supposed to get experience in the first place if they already need it? The skills gap is a real problem in engineering. Fewer students are attracted to engineering degrees for numerous reasons and the ones that decide to pursue this career path aren’t always able to get the required set of skills.
Lack of attraction
Engineering degrees aren’t easy, which is probably the most common reason why young people decide to look for other degrees. Other plausible explanation would be not enough career advice for future engineers. On the other hand, there is also the fact that younger generations have the wrong picture of engineering in mind. They associate it with dirty and manual work. When technology surrounds you from an early age, no wonder you wouldn’t imagine your future without it. And what some fail to realise is that engineering is as high-tech as it can get these days.
Engineering in digital era
But what is really like working as an engineer? Is it just pen and paper as many would imagine it to be? Not really, digitalisation has reached this industry as well. Hand-made drawings were error-prone and even smallest mistakes or misinterpretations can lead to an engineering disaster. The concept of 3D modelling is an example of how the sector benefits from digitalisation. Computer programmes are more accurate, leave no or little bias of interpretation and save time. What has to become a priority is the removal of misconceptions surrounding the industry. High-tech and advanced, modern work environments needs more promotion in order to attract students thinking about various career paths from an early age.
Digitalisation allows for integration of various processes and introduction of new ones. In manufacturing industries, it has led to faster and more accurate production. Platformisation allows for improved efficiency, optimisation of processes and bigger flexibility.
Easier to adapt?
Old-school engineers have to adapt to follow the tech trends and have successful businesses. Like with every new thing, people are sceptic at first, but digitalisation of engineering has proven to be a step in the right direction. And by right we mean more accurate calculations, less human-induced errors and so safer constructions. And this is exactly what young generations are not aware of – that engineering is not manual and is not dirty. They already have the correct mindsets set out for digital work whereas older generations have to learn and adapt.
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