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As we have seen, professional journals and magazines keep those employed in manufacturing industry up to date with ever-changing trends, ideas, products and services. There are publications available that serve the interests of a variety of industry sectors. Think about web-based publications as well as traditional magazines. These have the advantage of searching to locate information quickly at your convenience, clicking links to find out more, as well as saving and copying data for you to review at a later date.
Listed below are a range of sources. Additionally, consider contacting relevant trade associations, industry groups and using targeted web searches.
All Professional Engineering Institutions produce magazines and/or online publications. If you are a member you get instant access. Individual members sometimes circulate information of interest to others within their team or business who are not members. Why not get in the habit of doing this?
In addition to the above, try searching the web for publications and other sources of information relevant to your specific industry sector. Why not sign up to a number of them for a balanced viewpoint?
Links to the above sites are provided for your convenience. Advice Manufacturing is not responsible for their contents. In addition, inclusion of links does not imply endorsement of any website material, business or organisation.
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Wider Reading and Increasing Knowledge
As well as keeping up to date with developments in your profession, you and your colleagues should aim to stay informed and read widely. Possessing a broader perspective will increase your all-round knowledge. Do you know what factors in business and the wider economy directly influence your industry? What current affairs are currently impacting your role and job prospects?
Most manufacturers operate in the commercial context of the private sector. Business is competitive and an awareness of current affairs can help prepare for future events. In-turn, this can enable managers and engineers to make the best possible decisions for their teams and projects. Staying current puts you in a better position to make decisions and take the best course of action at work, for example exploiting opportunities before your competitors do. This applies both for small day-to-day activities or commercially strategic decision making.
Make it your business to become more worldly and understand where your job and business fit into the bigger picture. Try saving a few quality newspapers and journals to your search engine’s ‘favourites’ section. Actively visit them now and again. The majority of quality online newspapers will include a business and a technology section. Many features relevant to manufacturing are included. Industry jobs and career advice is also offered. Likewise, broadcast media are well represented on the web and also feature business and technology sections. As well as quality journalism, relevant adverts and archives of earlier stories are also available.
See the Business & Industry section for a broader perspective on ‘staying informed’
Engineering Publications Conclusion
The importance of staying abreast of change is necessary for any profession, but particularly so for those employed in manufacturing industry, technology and engineering. Relevant magazines and online engineering publications offer a convenient way of staying up to date. Ultimately, it’s all a part of remaining competitive and improving as engineers.
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