EngineeringUK: Parents Prioritise Careers That Make a Difference

EngineeringUK: Parents Prioritise Careers That Make a Difference

PR Newswire

LONDON, November 5, 2018

LONDON, November 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

  1. Parents say teaching, medicine and engineering are careers where their children could make a difference to the world
  2. Tomorrow's Engineers Week starts today to celebrate engineers on a mission to make a positive impact on the world

Parents want their children to have a future that makes a positive difference to society, according to new research released to mark the start of Tomorrow's Engineers Week. Almost two-thirds (64%) of parents want their children to have a job that is something they can be proud of and two-fifths (38%) want their child to make a positive difference to society with their careers. Other parental priorities for their child's future work are being happy (89%), reliable income (74%) / salary (48%) and excitement (41%).

More than six in ten parents of Generation Z children (64%) have had discussions about how their future jobs could make a difference to the world and while parents of 11-18 year olds feel that teaching (50%) or being a doctor (48%) are the careers most likely to enable their child to do good in the future, 43% believe becoming an engineer would make a difference. Tomorrow's Engineers is the November campaign focus for Year of Engineering, a year-long government campaign, which celebrates the world and wonder of engineering. As part of the week, the Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly takes place on Wednesday 7 November and over 350 schools have already signed up to the Big Assembly with 40,000-plus students expected to take part.  

Nusrat Ghani, Minister for the Year of Engineering, said:  
"Engineering plays a leading role in tackling some of our biggest challenges, from developing sustainable energy to harnessing the power of AI to fight disease. The Year of Engineering is an opportunity to show talented young people how they could pursue creative, well-paid careers in this thriving industry. And the Tomorrow's Engineers Week Big Assembly will build on this, inspiring tens of thousands of schoolchildren from across the UK to take a closer look at this exciting field."

Notes to Editors   
Independent research firm, Sapio Research, interviewed over 2,000 parents of 11-18 year olds and the results were weighted to be representative of the UK population.

Tomorrow's Engineers Week (#TEWeek18) takes place from 5-9 November 2018 and is led by EngineeringUK. http://www.tomorrowsengineers.org.uk/teweek

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