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When you were little, did you dream of building bridges that connected the continents? Perhaps you excelled in math or science. Or maybe you’ve just always loved solving problems. Related: The Different Types Of Engineering Degrees If any of this sounds like you, perhaps you should consider pursuing a career in engineering. The world desperately needs young and fresh minds like yours to solve problems, create solutions, and design works of art. This is a great time to become an engineer – no matter what discipline you’re considering. Here are some reasons why you should become an engineer:

1. Engineering Is In Demand

The demand for engineers is forecast to grow by 11% over the next decade, according to Kelly Services, a global leader in workforce and staffing solutions in a variety of industries. More than 50% of the U.S. engineering workforce is 45 or older, which means a huge chunk of those workers will be retiring in the next few years. And that means companies will be aggressively looking for new talent to fill those open slots. So, if you decide to go the engineering route with your career, you don’t have to worry about breaking into an industry that’s saturated with talent.

2. You’ll Take Home A Big Paycheck Right Out Of School

And if changing the world wasn’t enough, most engineers also bring home a fat paycheck - even when they first start out. The median starting salary for all applicants with a Bachelor’s degree is $53,400. And, according to NACE’s September 2013 Salary Survey, seven out of the 10 highest-paying Bachelor’s degrees were engineering majors.

3. You’ll Have The Chance To Change The World

Engineering is a great field to break into, especially today. As an engineer, you have the opportunity to change the world with your creative and technical expertise. Companies need fresh perspective, passion, and creativity to stay ahead of the curb. With the right skills and attitude, you could be one of the front runners in the world’s face-paced innovation and creation race. You have the opportunity to achieve things that used to be considered impossible. Want to hear from real, young engineers themselves? Watch this video to learn about some young and talented engineers who are making a difference.

Want To Learn More?

Want to learn more about working in the engineering field? Check out this SlideShare, “Spotlight On Engineering: Promising Futures For Engineers,” brought to you by Kelly Services!

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All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.