25/05/2021

Categories: Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Postgraduate

5 Ways to Advance Your Engineering Management Career in 2021

Want to take control of your engineering career path and move into management and leadership? Here’s everything you need to know about advancing your career in 2021!

According to industry reports, COVID has been a catalyst for change in the world of engineering. In the coming years, we will likely witness a shift in working patterns, as well as the acceleration on a number of key technology areas.

These changes will have a profound impact on skill requirements and engineering career paths, making 2021 a great time to retrain and upskill. Here are some of the ways that you can advance your career this year.

1. Watch the trends

Some of the areas that are in urgent need of skilled workers right now include digitalisation, additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) and engineering-focused business management.

It’s also important to understand the impact of the pandemic on industries, with the initial problems being closed sites and office locations, personnel shortages and supply chain issues. This calls for new ways of working, with more flexibility, making leadership and people management skills essential for industry growth.

Consider the trends and patterns, and focus on how to enhance your knowledge and skills to support these areas.

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2. Study a master’s degree

Becoming a postgraduate student is a fantastic way to make sure your skills are up to date. Not only that, but returning to a university with a vibrant and positive student community puts you in a good position to grow your network.

The MSc Engineering Management programme at the University of Bolton brings together talented graduates and professionals who wish to pursue a career in leadership. The course aims to meet the industry’s evolving need for professional workers with postgraduate knowledge.

We’ve been a Top 6 UK university for Teaching Quality in The Times Good University Guide for the past three years*, making us a great place to continue your engineering journey .

3. Focus on Personal and Professional Development

Our course tutors spend time getting to know you, and your career goals, and will align the modules to your personal and professional development needs.

Both personal and professional development are key if you want to go far on your engineering career path. We support you in practical skills as well as the soft skills required to become a great leader in your field.

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4. Grow independent and team working skills

Two very important areas of improvement for anyone wishing to pursue a career in engineering management are lone working and collaborative working.

It’s vital that you have the ability to work independently, particularly if you are interested in taking on a more research-based role. But you’ll also need to be able to manage a team, so collaboration is key.

By working on your communication, listening and leadership skills, you can empower those around, improve relationships and create easy pathways to success for all projects. This is especially important in a post-COVID world where connectivity and collaborative teams are necessary for ensuring business as usual.

5. Prepare for Industry 4.0

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) is leading to the increased use of automation and data exchange. There’s never been a better time to retrain, and it’s important for ambitious engineering professionals to get on board with these new developments.

Key areas for Industry 4.0 include:

- Cloud adoption and cloud-based technologies

- Connected IoT devices (across all industries and sectors)

- Big Data and the use of intelligent analytics

- Automated technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

 

To find out more about applying for our course in September 2021, head over to the MSc Engineering Management course page.

Or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch on +44 (0)1204 903 394 or admissions@bolton.ac.uk.

 

*The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021, 2020 and 2019

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