How do you decide which career is best for you?
From Apprenticeships to University degrees, to internships, volunteering and travelling abroad, there are more career choices for young people than ever before.
Whilst applying for your first job remains competitive – recruiters will see an average of around 200 applications for each job advertised – many industries are suffering from major skills shortages. Sectors that specialise in Engineering and technical areas are urgently looking for thousands of young people to help them deliver the exciting and innovative projects that will revitalise whole industries.
Here are four Engineering-related industries that offer interesting jobs working in design, technology, AI, marketing, manufacturing and more.
Every year nearly 9million tonnes of plastic ends up in the sea – experts predict that in 25 years, there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. Maritime and Marine sectors around the world are committing never-before-seen investment into research and development to reverse the environmental emergency.
The European Commission project CLAIM (Cleaning marine Litter by developing and Applying Innovative Methods) and the proposed American Blue New Deal are leading the fight to save our seas. During the next decades, engineers, technicians and scientists will be working together on projects including:
Marine careers are vital to protecting our oceans and saving the planet. Find out more about the Marine industry.
Motorsport is perhaps the most exciting industry of all, with tech driving rapid developments across three areas of car racing.
Formula 1 is at the forefront of using digital and social media in sport. Using the ability to connect with anyone, anywhere, and in real time, new fans around the world can access Motorsport for the first time.
Motor Racing fans can now enjoy:
Esports is now in its 4th edition, with virtual racing skyrocketing in popularity and continually advancing in quality and interactivity. The Esports Series enables anyone in the world, of any age and background, to compete for the chance to become a F1 champion. The competition is open to anyone, whether professional gamer or complete amateur, who has a copy of the official F1 videogame on Xbox Live, PlayStation Network or Steam.
Those who qualify in early online races will be selected to attend the Pro Draft, where prospective racing drivers compete to be signed by an official F1 teams and race in the Pro Series Season. In addition to global fame, a place in the Motor Racing history books and an unforgettable experience, Esports champions will gain invaluable skills and knowledge working directly with Formula 1 teams.
When it comes to revolutionary car design, electric cars are only the beginning. The recent Concorde Agreement will require unprecedented changes to Formula One in 2021: the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and F1 governing body have announced a $175million budget cap. Current racing team budgets range from $120million to $500million, meaning a significant change to design, engineering and championship results.
Engineers and technicians will be forced to think even further outside the box for innovation, with Virtual Reality (VR) a likely solutions. VR would enable unlimited new vehicle designs and upgrades in an entirely virtual space, where teams could create and test different car models, weather conditions, tyres and situations before making a single prototype.
The rule changes will likely encourage competition: race results will no longer be dominated by famous names and those with the most money, and reigning will champions face tough competition from smaller and newer contenders.
Formula One isn’t only enjoyable for fans – the sport also provides a fast-paced, exciting career filled with international travel, up-close interaction with pit crews, cars and drivers and new experiences every day. Find out what it’s really like to work in Formula 1.
The Aerospace and Aviation industry ahs suffered more than most during the effects of Covid-19. The pandemic saw over half the world’s airplanes grounded, unable to fly for months, airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair experienced huge financial losses, and carriers like Flybe went into administration. However, with global lockdown restrictions lifting and many other industries around the world keen to get their staff travelling for business once again, Aviation is stepping up to regain success – with new restrictions, challenges and opportunities.
Social distancing, hygiene regulations and millions of nervous travellers are requiring rapid innovation from all those working across Aviation. Simultaneously, advancements in technology are enabling the industry’s engineers and technicians to be more creative than ever before.
Aviation careers are already involving:
The Aviation sector has one of the most pressing skills shortages of all UK industries. Those with an interest in marketing, design or AI will find an especially exciting career path waiting for them. Find out more about working in the Aviation industry.
The Engineering industry will become unrecognisable in the next five years, with AI being increasingly utilised to solve problems and challenges around cyber security, globalisation, consumer shopping habits, ethics and moral attitudes and the climate crisis.
Those interested in a career in AI can expect to work on initiatives such as:
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