It's never too late to learn a new skill. Many people feel stuck in a job or career path that simply isn't suited to them. We often fall into the trap of believing that the choices we made when we left school (or earlier) define our future prospects. Challenging this idea and changing the course of your career later in life can be daunting. For many, embarking on an adult apprenticeship scheme feels like a hugh risk. Doubts will rattle around your head: what if it doesn't work out? What if I'm not good enough? What if I can't find a job in this field? Is there no going back?
The UK has an impressive reputation throughout the world for some of the best universities and colleges, including the widely known Cambridge University and St. Andrew’s. With this come a wide selection of life changing courses available for students to help achieve the careers they want.
Society has move on in so many ways in the last 35 years. Take gender roles, for example. Sky News reported that in 1984, 42 per cent of people believed women should be the homemaker, and men ought to be the breadwinners. But 35 years later, in 2019, only eight per cent of people still held on to this thought.
Why a career in engineering could be for you
The UK’s engineering and manufacturing sector has a proud history that spans industrialisation and ship-building – but has encountered bouts of difficulty in modern times thanks to overseas competition, the closure of coal mines and outsourcing. According to the Office of National Statistics, the proportion of jobs accounted for by the manufacturing and mining and quarrying sectors in the UK fell from 26.4% to just 7.8%. The Royal Academy of Engineering estimates that the UK needs to find more than one million new engineers by 2020 to meet demand. According to Engineering UK, there’s a shortfall of 69,000 engineers and technicians entering engineering or STEM-related subjects.
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