"The UK economy could miss out on £27 billion a year over the next decade if not enough young people train to be engineers.
Engineering UK says businesses will need 180,000 people every year to complete the projects they are working on, but there's a huge shortfall in engineers.
Naomi Mitchison was named the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Young Woman Engineer of the Year in December. She says young people need to be inspired to choose engineering."
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From my point of view, I couldn't agree more. I was very fortunate to have a father in engineering as a mentor. He and my mother helped guide me into engineering, which then lead to my love of construction and how I ended up as Town Engineer for the Goffstown Public Works Department. I love my job and I love sharing my story and all the opportunities available to students in the engineering and construction fields.
I would encourage all of you (regardless of your field) to mentor students at any age you feel comfortable - preschool, elementary, middle or high school. I have spoken all levels and am actually signed up to speak at three schools again in the months of February and March for several career days on both the vast opportunities in engineering fields and more specifically about my career here in Public Works. It's a lot of fun to talk to students and sometimes they just need that ONE PERSON to spark their interest and you could be that person - it's powerful to think about! If you need any help getting started in mentoring or talking to a school, please feel free to contact me anytime!