on January 6th, 2021

A career in engineering requires continual professional development to remain relevant and effective in today’s rapidly changing global society. There are currently more than 15 million engineers across various disciplines worldwide and this number is expected to grow. In this article, we will discuss the importance of having a curious mind and how we cannot underestimate the power of lifelong learning in today’s fast-changing environment.

The importance of engineering in society

The world we live in today would be inconceivable without the hard work of engineers and as discussed in our latest article, more innovative thinking is required than ever before.

Unfortunately, there will never be a shortage of challenges and issues in the world which, consequently, means constant learning opportunities for engineers. From developing new climate change solutions to formulating vaccines, all sectors of engineering are equally vital components of the modern world.

As the digital revolution continues to transform the field, engineers will require a higher level of skills, expertise and dedication.

Engineers are curious and forever learners

Engineers are naturally curious individuals who enjoy solving problems, often referred to as forever learners. Learning, reskilling or upskilling are crucial processes throughout each stage of an engineer’s career.

Staying relevant and maintaining a competitive presence

As an engineer, enhancing your professional development and broadening your skill set will help you maintain relevance and employability in the industry. Soft-skills are highly valued in this profession - good communication cannot be overstated to ensure that projects run smoothly. However, with new innovations, technologies and devices continually being introduced; further hard-skills, training and knowledge are required to keep yourself relevant. Engineers need to keep learning and growing to ensure they are always a step ahead and ready for new challenges.

Boosting productivity and motivation

Knowledge increases self-confidence. As you acquire new skills or knowledge, you will be more willing to take on new challenges and your motivation and productivity level will also surge.

Recognition and job satisfaction

Professional development is the best job security tool. By adding new relevant skills to your resume, and demonstrating a boost in productivity you will increase the likelihood of career growth within the industry. 

We strongly believe that no matter where you are at in your engineering career it is always best to maintain the mind-set of a beginner within the profession.

There has never been a better opportunity to upskill and you can do it online from the comfort of your home. Find out more about our range of professional development course designed for engineers and technicians seeking professional development in a specific area.

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Radioworld - Engineers should never stop learning
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