Young adults have many choices when it comes to their future careers. Some have a clear career path in mind, whether it’s pursuing a college degree, enlisting in the military, or entering the workforce right away. But for others, the road ahead is less certain, and they may not yet know where their interests and passions lie. Of course, this is perfectly normal, and it’s okay not to have all the answers. Young adults have time for exploration, self-discovery and personal growth. Adults can help them by providing tools and opportunities for them to explore options.
That’s where Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) fits in. This nationwide annual event being held on Friday, Oct. 6, this year offers unique opportunities for the public to gain insights into the world of modern manufacturing. Manufacturing has come a long way from the dark, dirty factories of the past. Today, it’s a dynamic industry that blends cutting-edge technology, innovation and sustainability. MFG Day showcases career opportunities and exciting advancements in the field. From 3D printing to robotics, participants get firsthand exposure to the high-tech, automated processes that drive modern manufacturing.
MFG Day showcases the various career opportunities in the manufacturing industry. Organizations will show the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 3,000 events in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. The MEP National NetworkTM participates in MFG Day by hosting, coordinating and promoting events.
Find a MEP National Network MFG Day event near you to get up close and personal with the world of manufacturing. You can also visit the Creators Wanted website for more events. More than 325,000 students, parents and community members are expected to attend MFG Day events this year – you can be one of them! Manufacturing is critical to the U.S. economy and offers a wide range of jobs – from engineering and design to production and management. It’s an industry that values innovation, problem-solving and teamwork. There’s something for everyone!
Manufacturers host a wide range of MFG Day events. Participate in MFG Day for experiences such as:
NIST MEP created an infographic with details about various manufacturing careers, including typical job responsibilities, education or training needed, and average salaries for different roles. Attending an MFG Day event complements this information by bringing careers to life and providing a firsthand understanding of the industry.
MFG Day isn’t the only day of the year for learning about manufacturing careers. Here are some additional opportunities:
MFG Day offers a valuable opportunity to explore careers in manufacturing. Seeing things in person helps to clear up misconceptions and out-of-date stereotypes. It also opens doors to a world of innovation, technology and exciting careers.
So, as young adults stand at the crossroads of their future, remind them that it’s okay to be uncertain of their path. With the right tools, insights and a spirit of curiosity, they can learn about options and find something they love. The possibilities are boundless, and the future is theirs to shape. They may be surprised to find a fulfilling and rewarding career in manufacturing.