As we countdown to Tomorrow’s Engineers Live taking place on Monday 11 July, Dr Isabel DiVanna, EngineeringUK’s Director of Business Development and Partnerships, has written a blog about how shared insight can help to improve engineering outreach.
“Most of us in our careers and day-to-day professional lives are enthusiastically busy trying to find solutions to problems, and we pride ourselves of our ability to do it. And that’s fantastic. What takes real leadership is not to think of solutions but to harvest all sources of knowledge – which include learning from others – to make this process the most effective and efficient as possible.
“In Tomorrow’s Engineers Code, a key pledge is to work in collaboration. This means listening to each other (not just to react, but to understand, and to learn!), identifying what cross-collaboration and cross-pollination ideas are likely to work, and how to plan for future activity learning from the past and improving the ‘how to’. It’s not about ‘getting your way’ as a company, because just ‘getting your way’ will never deliver the systemic impact that is needed for engineering and tech companies to thrive – today, tomorrow and forever! It’s about looking at the bigger picture, thinking carefully about the sector’s strategy and collaborating to achieve this.
“Joining The Code is a brilliant way to share insight and for organisations working in and around the engineering sector to work toward common goals to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers.
“…Real leadership means collaboration, listening, learning from each other, iterating and improving outcomes, and making sure that we are constantly striving for improvement. The smarter the audience, the greater the need to take a step back to consider and assess if the ways we do things are indeed the best and most effective. When the whole engineering community comes together for Tomorrow’s Engineers Live on 11 July, we will see a real effort to share and contribute and to deliver inspiration to the young people we want to attract into the sector. I can’t imagine anything more inspiring than leading by example.”
Read the full blog.