Career move? Consider manufacturing #CP

With the UK’s unemployment rate reaching its highest level in three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an enormous number of people are on the hunt for a new job or career. Whether you are looking to retrain, or whether you are looking for that first step into the world of work, have you considered a career in manufacturing?

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Photo by Anna Tarazevich from Pexels

In this current lockdown 2.0 situation we find ourselves in - manufacturing, and the many industries it represents, has been designated as being essential; able to carry on as normal during the restrictions. It’s arguably in a stronger position than most. Besides that, here are a few more reasons why you should consider a career in manufacturing.

You’ll be at the heart of cutting edge technology

Innovation is a driving force in manufacturing. More and more companies are leading the way with 3D printing, robots, cobots, and augmented and virtual reality. When new technologies begin to have an impact on our everyday lives, you can bet that they have been used within the manufacturing sector first. Whether it’s the aerospace sector, or something new, manufacturing is always evolving and innovating.

You’ll have a wealth of training and educational opportunities

With a rapidly evolving industry, comes a wealth of opportunities.  There’s always something to be learned in the industry. Many manufacturing companies will have their own training programmes and structures (check out Mills CNC and their CNC training opportunities in the Midlands). Whether you want to learn how to operate or program a new machine tool, or manufacturing process, or you simply want to expand your skill set to move you to the next level - there’s no reason to stand still in manufacturing. Additionally, manufacturing companies have a long, proud heritage in training and promoting internally. With the right drive and eagerness to learn, you’ll never be restless in this environment.

It keeps you active

Many jobs these days can be done whilst sitting at a desk using a computer. Over time, this can have a negative impact on our health; eye strain, and poor posture for example. Manufacturing is a hands-on, active job that keeps you on your feet and moving throughout the day - not to mention keeping you mentally stimulated. When every day feels different, you may find a job in manufacturing extremely engaging and rewarding.

You can make a difference

Manufacturing is an integral part of the future. Depending on which part of the industry you decide to go into, you could be part of the cure for cancer, the next-generation car, and everything in between. Look around you - pretty much everything you see will have started its life in the manufacturing industry. Whether you are working as part of production, marketing, research and development, accounts, or management - you can be part of something special and every role within manufacturing is integral to its success.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK

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