Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 217
he UK government
2018 as the Year
is taking the
need for fresh talent in this sector.
Ministers recognise that a lack of
graduates entering engineering - one
of the most productive sectors in the
economy - is holding back growth.
It's now seen as crucial to the
nation's success that more people join
the profession. With major investment
promised in infrastructure projects
and technologies to make life more
efficient, engineers are in high demand.
Working in engineering means
problem-solving to improve the design
and performance of anything from the
kettle that makes your tea to the jet
engine that takes you on holiday. It
allows you to play a part in shaping the
products and processes of the future.
Engineers are tackling serious
issues around the world, from
protecting water supplies to finding
sustainable ways to travel. They
work in almost every sector of the
economy, from manufacturing to
sport to food, so it's not surprising
that the number of roles is growing.
And with the existing workforce
ageing, it is estimated that by 2024
there will be 2.65 million job openings
in UK engineering companies.
Software engineers design, develop,
test and maintain the applications that
make laptops, mobile phones, robots
and other electronic devices more than
just expensive lumps of metal. In an
ever more digitalised world, software
engineers increasingly hold the key to
making communications, transport
and energy systems tick. They often
work in teams - sometimes virtually,
from offices in different countries.
What qualifications do I need?
STEM subjects are always a good
starting point for engineering careers
- so studying science, technology,
engineering or maths at school is useful
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