Engineering : A career that can make a difference | Young Academic Career Guide

With students looking to graduate in the next few months, Young Academic can today bring you news of a young student that is working hard in Guatemala as part of her engineering degree and the reason why companies would like to increase the number of women they recruit into engineering careers.

Its always been suggested that women outperform their male counterparts in many areas in life, and today the science, engineering and technology (SET) industries strongly agree that women can prove to be more advantageous in jobs in engineering.  A large proportion of women who graduate with degrees in science and technology rarely pursue an engineering career but the big companies want this to change.

“A career in engineering is a career in solving the big challenges of our times”

Institution of Mechanical Engineers member Aimee Clark is just 22 and already improving people’s lives as far away as Guatemala and Peru.  Aimee is currently building a solar powered shower for a community in Guatemala as part of her engineering degree at Sheffield University and in her spare time is developing foil blankets out of crisp packets to combat hyperthermia in Peru.

A career in engineering is a career in solving the big challenges of our times. It is engineers who build the wind farms, low-carbon engines, nuclear plants and water wells we need to deal with the great challenges of our times like growing world population and the threat of climate change.

Aimee Clark said “I decided to go into engineering because I knew it was a well respected and challenging degree which could lead to many different career options.  So far it has also proved very versatile and I’ve been able to tailor my degree to my own interests, like international development.”

Aimee’s qualification in engineering is globally recognised which means she is able to work anywhere in the world but for the meantime however, Aimee’s sights are set here in the UK. In September she will start working at Centrica, where she will be working on one of the most important challenges facing the world: how to provide clean energy that won’t aggravate the problem of climate change.

Engineering skills are very much in demand here in the UK: we need to recruit about 13,000 mechanical, automotive and aerospace engineers every year just to maintain these vital industries.

There are many preconceptions about engineering being macho and dirty work but this is not the case, here at Young Academic HQ we hope we’ve helped clear up any presumptions for careers in engineering which can in fact be extremely rewarding and intellectually stimulating.  Keep up to date with the Young Academic career guides for more information on rewarding careers after you graduate!


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  3. Seems to me that choosing engineering as a career is a dumb idea. You work your behind off to earn a college degree in engineering, then bad times come along and you lose your job. Do all those years of experience count for anything? Heck no. You have to go back to school to get another engineering degree to find another job!

    That would never happen in a health care. Ever see a nurse have to go back to school for another nursing degree to get a job?

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