For many ambitious professionals, waiting for management to recognise their potential can take far too long – which is why achieving career progression through qualifications is such a popular route. And with many universities now offering work-based distance learning programmes, it’s becoming even easier to find the ideal opportunity.
Careers in engineering management can be even more diverse than careers in engineering itself. Already a broad discipline, spanning everything from mechanical to electronic, engineering provides a uniquely varied and stimulating range of career paths. Add to this the business and management knowledge gained on an engineering management degree programme and a whole new area of this dynamic sector opens up to engineers at all levels.
Regardless of the industry we work in, we all face challenges when managing others. The business angle is often the easy part – it’s straightforward to manage schedules, forecast profits, monitor performance and report results. The difficulty lies in managing people, not business processes.
People management skills are some of the most important you’ll ever learn. We constantly improve these skills over the course of our lives, from the moment we first step foot in the playground. As we grow older, take on greater responsibility, and go on to manage teams, things get more complex.
As the Financial Times reported in July, the UK is facing a threat to economic growth as a result of an engineering skills shortage. Research has found that six out of 10 engineering employers fear a growing shortage of engineers will threaten their business in the UK alone. So any way in which employers can improve the skills of the engineering workforce is of huge benefit. Top-up courses are the latest innovation in professional training aimed at addressing this shortage. An increasingly popular way to learn, a top-up degree in engineering management can benefit both employees and employers.