Engineers tend to be a modest bunch who are keen to get on with their jobs to the best of their ability. But they are often very passionate about what they do, and are keen to pass on their knowledge and experience to younger colleagues.
Indeed, many engineering companies have active mentoring schemes which encourage older engineers to help new recruits to reach their full potential. This can be done through informal ‘buddy’ schemes, or through structured programmes of weekly get togethers. Whatever the case, young engineers can expect the full support of those working around them.
In terms of diversity, there is no getting away from the fact that engineering is a male-dominated profession. Indeed, the breakdown is something like 90% men, 10% women. But there are huge top-level efforts to even out this gender imbalance, and, while that might take many years to happen, the figures are moving in the right direction.
Campaign groups Women into Science and Engineering and the Women’s Engineering Society are working with employers and government to find more effective ways of encouraging young women into the profession.
Women’s Engineering Society: www.wes.org.uk
Women into Science and Engineering: www.wisecampaign.org.uk