How To Help Children Take An Interest In Engineering

A company is only as good as its workforce. While businesses are constantly on the lookout for new customers, they are also always searching for new talent as well. The engineering field needs to continuously recruit bright young minds, both male and female, in order to stay competitive. Furthermore, engineers need to have a take charge attitude and also be invested in their career from the very beginning.

How To Help Children Take An Interest In Engineering

The Engineering Profession

The engineering field is constantly growing, and it is an important part of the economy. Engineers have to develop new technology and work with renewable energy. It can be a difficult job, which is why it is important that there are pools of new recruits to the professional popping up on a regular basis.

While engineering was once thought of as a male profession, it is now time to break down that stereotype so that women feel comfortable heading into this profession as well. The sector could use as many bright young minds as possible. How can we prepare children for the future and get them interested in engineering? The following ideas can help.

1.Get Them Started Early

All children need to learn about engineering and how it could be a viable career path for them. Engineering itself is a broad category; there is a lot that can be done in the field, and as such, engineering has the ability to appeal to people of many different interests. If someone feels that engineering is right for them, they need to be given as much information as possible so that they can go forward and succeed.

How To Help Children Take An Interest In Engineering

Schools are playing a vital role in helping students learn more about engineering. There is a push to introduce STEM topics to children early and continue introducing them throughout a child’s education; STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math. One of the goals has been to get more girls interested in STEM, because it continues to be an area that is dominated by males.

It is important to push STEM equally to all children, regardless of gender. It is also important that adults recognize how vital the field of engineering is to the future.

2. Make Sure They Know About Internships

Engineering companies didn’t always make their presence known at institutions of higher learning, which meant that soon-to-be graduates didn’t necessarily have them on their radar. However, many young adults now realize that engineering is a solid career choice and more are looking into its benefits than ever before.

Some people, however, choose not to go to college because of the financial burden associated with it. It is important that these individuals understand that there is more than one way to get involved in the field of engineering. For example, you can land an internship or an apprenticeship, which means that you can learn skills in your chosen field while still making money as well. Many companies train on site and also give employees a chance to engage in continuing education. Those that learn while working often turn out to be some of the best employees, because they understand the value of hard work and are committed to their job.

3. Get Rid Of Male Bias

Engineering has traditionally been looked at as a male profession, and while many people are working to change that notion, there are still many more males than females in the field. There are so many roles to take on within the engineering sector that we should see more women enter the field than ever before.

It may be a good idea to communicate the notion that engineering is different today than it was in the past. It is a fast-paced, highly technical and  exciting world.

4. Showcase Opportunity

There is a lot of potential for growth in the field of engineering. The career itself is challenging and fun, and those with the right skill set can truly go far. The field itself is constantly growing as well, and as such, those accepting jobs as engineers can expect to make a very competitive salary.

Travel can be part of the job, which means that new recruits may have a chance to see the world after graduating.

When hiring a new employee, it is essential that companies base their selection on the person’s ability to do the job, not on their gender. As women start entering the field of engineering on a more consistent basis, other women will be inspired to do the same. Those that work in engineering right now need to talk about how flexible the field is and how it is perfectly suited to both men and women.

Children need to learn as much as they can about engineering and technology at an early age. The sky is the limit!

If you wish to know more about what it takes to be an engineer – read this piece from Fircroft.

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog which she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences.She is a Contracts Engineer by profession and recently launched her own Engineering consultancy service Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)

11 Comments

1stopmom

about 3 months ago

I think it is a good idea to expose children to technology at a young age. They catch on so quick!

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Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com

about 3 months ago

I have to share these tips with my sister. I think internships are a great opportunity for kids to explore the career without actually doing it.

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Deepa

about 3 months ago

Great tips to help kids develop an interest but as a mom of a teen, I know how fast their interests change when they grow up. But parents can try.

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Nadine

about 3 months ago

I absolutely love this post! I think its important for esspecially girls to know they can easily enter this field if they wanted to. Growing up I thought it was boring and only for boys. I hope to change this perception for my littlw girl!

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

about 3 months ago

I myself is an engineer.It is never boring as a lady :)

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Joy

about 3 months ago

These are some great tips you shared. I will definitely keep them in mind and share this post with my niece. Great post. Thank you for raising awareness about STEM.

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Aine

about 3 months ago

Such a great post! So important to let children explore and be creative, and independent too. We always were encouraged to build things ourselves as kids and while it was also a sneaky way to get us learning it was so much fun

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Kusum

about 3 months ago

Great tips! I love that you included about getting rid of the male bias, its so important to teach our kids that they do not have to be a boy to excel in the field of technology.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

about 3 months ago

It is really important to give that idea for kids.Specially for girls if they love such tech things...I also learned engineering and I didn't find any difficulty at the time of studying or even at work. :)

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Kylie

about 3 months ago

What if the child has no interest in engineering and would prefer to do something creative else instead? I think that although it's important to support children to develop their skills by providing them with toys and guidance towards careers paths - it's just as important to allow them to experiment with all topics to allow them to be children.

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Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi

about 3 months ago

This post doesn't give the idea of forcing kids to choose the career path that parents are dreaming.If the kid doesn't have interest,parents need to allow his or her interests.But,from small age,it is good to introduce STEM activites for kids as for any career or for their education,STEM subjects are always important.

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