1. Tailor your job to you: What do you enjoy? It seems like a simple question but can be a tricky one to answer! List the skills you like using, tasks you like completing, and the environment you like working in. This will help you narrow things down, so you can start a more specific role search.
“I knew I wanted to do something with variety that allowed me to get my hands dirty. I didn’t want to be stuck behind a desk all day. Engineering always interested me as a child, so I decided to go for it. After my A-levels I did a 4-year apprenticeship as a maintenance technician before becoming a process technician.” Amy, Process Technician, TechnipFMC
2. Have faith in yourself: It’s never too late to make a change and embark on a professional adventure. Be sure to celebrate your achievements and skills to date and believe in your ability to learn and do more.
“Adapt, and always set yourself targets to achieve. You can do whatever you want to do in life with hard work and focus.” Alex, Network Engineer, Stack Interconnect
3. Learn what you can: Are there chances to learn more where you are? If you’re at school, ask local businesses for shadowing/work experience opportunities in jobs of interest. This will help you to figure out what you fancy doing later in life. If already at work, are there any volunteering or training opportunities to upskill and give new things a try? If there are, what are you waiting for? Apply, apply, apply!
“I feel really privileged because I’ve learnt a lot in three years – so much so that people on the shop floor actually come to me for advice!” Molly, Apprentice Mechanical Fitter, Caterpillar
4. Research, research, research: Nowadays, the world is literally at your fingertips (via a screen). Read about different roles and companies to discover what excites you – I hear that technicians.org.uk has a wealth of inspiring stories to get you started *cough, cough*. You can also talk to friends and family about their experiences and visit the websites on our Helpful Tools page. Happy huntin’!