05 November 2018

Five myths about engineering careers

Uninteresting, male-dominated, and lacking in creativity – those are just some of the myths surrounding engineering careers.

Sony UK Technology Centre (UK TEC) is speaking out to debunk some of these misconceptions to mark Tomorrow’s Engineering Week 2018.

From Monday to Friday the sixth annual nationwide campaign aims to change perceptions of engineering among young people, their parents, and teachers with the aim of inspiring the next generation of skilled workers.

In a bid to encourage more talented young people into the profession, Kevin Edwards, General Manager, Engineering Division at Sony UK TEC, is challenging the five most common myths surrounding engineering careers, which could serve to deter the next generation.

Mr Edwards said: “Engineering careers face a certain amount of unfair stigma, which people in the profession know is unjustified.

“Many people falsely believe that these roles are uninteresting, lack creativity, or are limited in their development prospects – which couldn’t be further from the truth.

“Here at Sony UK TEC, our world-leading engineers work at the forefront of cutting-edge technological innovation creating revolutionary technology which pushes the boundaries.

“Their work demonstrates just how rewarding and life-changing true engineering can be, and certainly works to debunk any unfair criticism surround engineering careers.

“We hope that the next generation will look at what we are achieving at Sony UK TEC and be inspired to follow their engineering passions.”

Here Mr Edwards challenges five common myths surrounding engineering careers …

Male dominated

This misconception surrounding engineering roles could not be further from the truth.

Traditionally the profession has been viewed as a more male-dominated industry, however, according the Women’s Engineering Society (Wes) shows that the proportion of women in engineering is on the rise.

According to a 2017 UK survey, 11% of the UK’s engineering workforce was female, which was an increase from 9% in 2015. A further survey of 300 female engineers also showed that 84% were either happy or extremely happy with their career choice.

Indeed, when it comes to the engineering workforce at Sony UK TEC our teams are incredibly diverse, and made up of both talented men and women, who make a significant impact on the success of our projects.

Women’s contribution to the profession is also celebrated through the annual International Women in Engineering Day, which aims to shine a light on the achievements of the inspirational women transforming the industry.

It’s boring

Engineering is often labelled as boring or repetitive. But with such diverse and varied work which spans some of the world’s leading industries, how could it possibly be?

Engineering skills are required across all industries, from agricultural and construction, to gaming and fashion, enabling them to push the boundaries of possibility and technological advancement globally.

In many instances their specialist skills are utilised by businesses, charities, and major organisation to solve pressing economic and environmental issues, enabling engineers to make a lasting and vital impact on the world around them. As such they are in demand!

Thanks to this, engineers are likely to be constantly facing interesting and challenging projects which offer them a great deal of job satisfaction. Sony UK TEC’s engineers, for example, produce the world’s leading broadcast cameras technology, including the latest in HD technology the 4K, along with creating renowned third-party products including the Raspberry Pi.

Lack creativity

Despite popular belief, engineering relies on creativity.

Every task that an engineer comes across needs a degree of creativity injected into it, in order to support continued technological development and to enable the advancement of all industries.

Where would the gaming industry be without constant creative thinking to drive it forward? And would medical innovation stall without valuable engineering input?

And while mathematical and scientific skills are undoubtedly a benefit, creative thinking is just as vital within engineering as it enables the company to approach problems from a different perspective, which could see them reap lucrative results.

Ultimately being an engineer is about so much more than just practical skills, it revolves around critical thinking, creativity, attention to detail, and a passion for the job.

Sony UK TEC’s recruitment drive comes after the award-winning facility celebrated its manufacturing output rising to over six million products in 2018, a figure driven by creativity and success.

Limited job satisfaction

Engineering is among the most rewarding careers you can sign up for.

And why wouldn’t it be? Engineers get the unique opportunity to directly drive change across industries worldwide. Their creative thinking and skills enable them to adapt buildings to prevent further damage to the environment, advance crucial research into medical treatments, and create safer vehicles to protect drivers.

According to a Guardian survey, they have the happiest job in the world. In fact, Cabinet Office findings show that electrical engineers are leading the way for job satisfaction, coming in 14th place in a survey of 274 professions. This is followed by civil engineers ranked at 55, and mechanical engineers in 68th place.

Cecilia Fritz, Strategic Head of HR at Sony UK TEC, said: “We at Sony UK TEC recognise the importance of job satisfaction in motivating our talented team of over 600 team players. As such, we have frequently been recognised by our teams who feel that the rewarding and industry leading work they produce, combined with our facility’s emphasis on wellbeing and professional development, provides them with greater job satisfaction.”

Digital is doom

Many people believe that the rise of digital technology will have a seriously negative impact on the need for engineers.

However, this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Many engineers contribute to the latest in technological innovation, such as video games, broadcast camera technology, and computer development, working to better understand and advance digital progression for future generations.

Sony UK TEC even launched its Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) last year, which will pioneer processes focused on the fourth generation of manufacturing. The project will enable Sony UK TEC to tackle the challenges of modern manufacturing and improve processes by using the latest Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Thanks to this project, engineers at Sony UK TEC undertake new and revolutionary methods of manufacturing which actually incorporate digital technology.

What’s more, by utilizing digital advancements, they can make manufacturing processes and product creation more streamlined which can only enhance engineering standards in the future.

 

We are searching for 10 engineering talents, from graduate to experienced professionals! Successful candidates will get the opportunity to work with one of the industry’s most progressive manufacturers, supporting production of Sony’s industry-leading products and third-party technology.

For more information and to apply, head over to http://www.sonypencoed.co.uk/careers/

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