Indeed, the latest Arts and Crafts barometer and OpinionWay 2020 reports that 90% of young people think that companies could have better cope with the crisis if they had relocated their factories less. Likewise, in this context, many people are wondering about their professional path and are looking for a profession that makes sense without necessarily considering moving towards industrial sectors. However, here are a few reasons for choosing industry trades.
A promising sector that makes sense
The health crisis has shed light on various professions that have hitherto been barely visible, which nevertheless provide essential functions in our society. Many of them are found in industry.
This sector brings together a multitude of dynamic professions and gives pride of place to innovation. These are useful professions, carrying meaning and which make it possible to build the world of tomorrow with a constant quest for ideas and solutions to provide answers to the particularly ecological questions that many French people are asking themselves.
Thus, according to the report on the state of the environment 2019 *, 51% of French people say they are concerned about global warming and 38% about air pollution. At the heart of industry, Chemistry is part of this dynamic. It works to improve its own processes and develops technologies and products to serve our daily lives. This affects areas such as hygiene and health, food, clean energy and recycling.
Between well-being and territorial vitality
The well-being and safety of employees are issues at the heart of industry thinking. Unlike specialized IT jobs, industry jobs are not always concentrated near large cities. The factories or production centers are scattered throughout France and firmly anchored in the local and regional economy.
This reality thus allows a certain form of geographical flexibility for those who prefer rural life for example.
In addition, the digitalization of the industrial sector has accelerated with the crisis. This made it possible to meet employees’ moderate teleworking expectations and in turn makes the sector more attractive.
Versatility and social lift
Another aspect that is often overlooked by the general public is the diversity of professions and profiles sought by different industries. The diploma is not restrictive and atypical paths are of particular interest to these companies. There is a need for all types of profiles ranging from assistant electricians to engineers, including support professions (accounting, human resources, communication, etc.).
The industry recruits at all levels of diplomas and offers opportunities for development within companies. This sector supports the development of employees’ skills by promoting the experience acquired over the years and by offering training courses followed throughout their professional career. In fact, it is not uncommon to see employees having responsibilities similar to those of a manager or an engineer after entering as operators and having occupied a management position.
For engineers or technicians, there are also gateways that allow them to move from technical professions to management or predominantly commercial professions. This versatility is greatly sought after. For example, in Chemistry, some employees who have trained as chemical engineers occupy more “commercial” functions or those linked to the improvement of processes not directly linked to their diploma.
Today there is a real political will on the part of industrial companies to reindustrialize France and to promote diversity, particularly with regard to technical professions over which men do not have a monopoly.
To continue to develop and meet current and future needs, they need new talents. Thus, at the end of 2020, many have made a commitment alongside the government by opening more work-study positions.
Tomorrow we will need to maintain electromechanical installations that can be found, for example, in the chemical, metallurgical or aeronautical industries. And it is today that we must think about training to build the industrial France of tomorrow.