As with many other industries, the engineering industry has adapted to recruit and provide engaging opportunities for the next generation of great engineering students – millennials.
And at Criterium-Jansen Engineers, we’re always looking for passionate young people who are eager to embark on a rewarding and challenging career in building engineering.
What does an engineer do?
Well, that’s a loaded question. There are many different types of engineers, such as aerospace engineers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, chemical engineers, and more. At Criterium-Jansen, our speciality is building and inspection engineering for condominiums, commercial buildings, and residential homes.
“Engineers have a hand in designing, creating, and modifying nearly everything we touch, wear, eat, see, and hear in our daily lives”.
– American Society of Engineering Education
Why should I become an engineer?
Great question! In this article, we take a look at the top five reasons a career in engineering is a wise choice for millennials heading to school or joining the workforce after receiving their degree:
1. Security, Growth, & Technology
With increasing tech knowledge and innovative thinking, millennials are looking for careers where they are respected, can continue to learn, grow, solve problems, and expand their talents.
As an engineer, a millennial will be given the opportunity to assess and tackle abstract and complex problems that challenge them in new ways each day. They will also have the chance to join an established organization that provides great benefits, loyalty, and continued support.
In other words, it’s an exciting time to have a seat at the Criterium-Jansen table!
As the engineering industry continues to adapt to emerging trends and newer technologies, millennials will also have the chance to be among the first to use new products and to discover ways to improve efficiencies.In fact, we expect millennial engineers will help to evolve the industry for the better!
“Millennials often have fantastic techie knowledge while older engineers tend to have more rounded workplace skills. It’s important that we learn from both groups and meet somewhere in the middle.”
– Pearl Noble-Mallock, Head of Product Information, Assurance, and Security at BAE Systems
2. Job Availability
As with many other hands-on industries and trades, job availability is at a high as veteran engineers continue to retire and fewer students are choosing STEM field careers.
There is also enhanced job availability as an apprentice in the engineering industry, as established Engineering companies have struggled to find reliable, professional, and dedicated young people who are willing to work hard and do a great job.
Therefore, if you are looking for a career where you can truly stand out from the crowd and find reliable work, engineering might be just the right path for you!
3. Leading The Way
As mentioned above, studies have shown that millennials have moved away from STEM and trades out of fear of competition, grade requirements, and the stigma engineering has as being a rigid, challenging, and non-glamorous career.
“About half of adults (52%) say the main reason young people don’t pursue STEM degrees is they think these subjects are too hard.”
– Pew Research Center
This is especially true for women, who often shy away from careers in the STEM field due to criticism and competition they may face in classrooms dominated by men.
“From 2017 to 2018, Junior Achievement found a significant drop in teenaged boys who want a STEM career, down from 36 percent to 24 percent. And the low level of interest among teenaged girls remained unchanged at 11 percent year-over-year.”
– Center for Digital Education
And while these statistics are startling, we see this decline as an opportunity for a new wave of millennials to learn more about the importance of STEM and to become leaders and role models in motivating other young people to expand their interests in science, technology, engineering, and math.
4. Contributing to The Greater Good
Building engineering comes down to the two things people need most in life, food and shelter. Therefore, those who explore a career in engineering are helping to contribute to the greater good of society; they are building the infrastructure on which we all rely.
Therefore, a career in engineering is extremely rewarding, as engineers are able to directly apply science to real-life situations, helping people with building problems, issues, and providing necessary consultation and education.
Without engineers, we wouldn’t have safe and secure offices, schools, hospitals, government buildings, arenas, theatres, homes, etc.
5. Preserving a Legacy
Millennials bring new ideas and perspectives to the jobs they do – and the engineering industry needs innovative, passionate people to carry on and build upon the legacy of those before them.
With mentorship opportunities, millennials can learn from industry leaders and in turn, industry leaders can learn from those who are fresh out of school.
Together, there’s no limit to what engineers can accomplish together.
“Now more than ever, the next generation of workforce sets the tone for how industry will be in the future. The better we understand [Millennials] now, the better we can plan for that future, and involve them in building it.”
– FMI Corporation
Apply to Criterium-Jansen Engineers Today!
Why are we investing in millennials? That’s easy! We believe it is our responsibility to ensure future generations are equipped to support our neighbourhoods, communities, and our country. We also value individuals who are hard working, ready to learn, and understand that engineering is an incredibly honourable career.
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Contact us today at 1-888-940-0571.