Talent 2030


Ensuring your pupils have the right advice about their future careers is crucial

A career in manufacturing or engineering can help transform society, is the key behind green technology to help with sustainability and has the highest earnings premium of practically any future career.

The Opportunities

A career in engineering and manufacturing is not just for men that like to wear white coats and hard hats. Why not talk to your students about how a career in engineering or manufacturing could help them to:

  • Change the World

    • Make a difference, by changing how people experience the world
    • Leave your mark, by finding new ways for people to interact with each other and the environment
    "Engineering makes you consider how the world is going to change, at the moment particularly looking at climate change and how important it is to tackle it. Your job as an engineer can really make a difference" - Chris Pearce - Project Engineer
  • Challenge Yourself

    • Help find solutions to some of today’s most pressing problems
    • Be part of teams working on providing new alternative energy sources or developing environmentally-friendly food production
    • Seize the challenge, and take up a career that is demanding but also extremely creative and exciting
    "There is not necessarily one right answer anymore so you have to be prepared to try out different methods and approaches before you are satisfied with the final result" - Sita Shah, Engineering student, Cambridge University
  • Get Around

    • Learn transferable skills that can be used around the world
    • Experience working in a wide range of environments, one day might be spent in a laboratory and the next in a skyscraper
    • Work within a great variety of different industries fashion to construction, there is no limit
    "As a scientist and as an engineer I have travelled across the globe and seen some fantastic things . . I’ve worked on telescopes on mountains where the stars make my heart sing to see them" - Maggie Aderin-Pocock MBE, Space Scientist and Science Communicator
  • Earn a great salary

    • Starting salaries range from £20-32,000 depending on the role
    • Engineers and physical scientists earn over £230,000 more over their working lifetime compared to a non-graduate
    • On average an engineer has a graduate premium 8 times higher than an arts graduate
    • See Prospects list of engineering jobs

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