Scope of Careers for Manufacturing Engineering Professionals
Manufacturing Engineering Professional – Every year across different streams, India produces almost 1.5 million engineers. However, with large numbers of these graduates seeking jobs in industries and roles that have nothing to do with their engineering specialisation, the past couple of decades have witnessed a curious trend.
Diversity in Job Seeking
For personal and professional growth, the need for well-rounded engineering graduates is consistent across industries, as are opportunities. In specific technology, those who opt for manufacturing or engineering can also specialise in areas of their choice.
Graduates seeking marketing jobs seem to be mechanical engineers; IT engineers look to get a career in finance; and telecom engineers who foray into the media and communication industry. For this trend, the IT boom in India during the 1990s was probably a powerful trigger attracting graduates from even traditional streams like mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering towards high-paying, white-collar desk jobs.
Without having a definite career in mind, even today, many pursue engineering courses. And this is a worrying scenario because while the people who should ideally be filling that gap are looking elsewhere, industries such as manufacturing, petrochemicals, and engineering are facing a shortage of talent. The reason for this is dynamic: a general lack of awareness among graduates about career possibilities in the industries above and the inability of most engineering institutions to cultivate a mindset of curiosity and innovation among its students.
In India, until a couple of decades ago, engineering was the most sought-after branch of technical education. However as of today’s scenario, India has more engineers and engineering colleges than it needs, but only a few have industry-worthy credentials. Of new-age India, manufacturing and engineering are crucial building-blocks, and they need enthusiastic young engineers who will channelise their energy and ingenuity into a career which they love, and which fulfils their highest professional ambitions.
Role of firms
By conducting seminars and events in engineering colleges, companies in the manufacturing and engineering domains should make themselves visible. To inform students of the kind of work they do, these can serve as excellent platforms jobs of the sort it entails and the career progression they offer. In later years, students must know that a brief stint on the shop floor early in their career proves invaluable
A professional career is bound to have a steep learning curve Whichever the industry, the first few years of graduates are pursued. For producing engineers, India has the excellent capacity. However, the curriculum doesn’t entirely equip graduates with the real-world skills required on the job. Through induction and training programmes, this is the reason why almost all companies put new hires.
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