Ready to join an industry that’s on the fast-track for growth? Passionate about learning how new technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) are disrupting traditional business models? Thinking about a career switch that puts you in charge of your professional trajectory? As a manufacturing recruiter, you’ll get all this and more– making a mid-career pivot that puts you in the heart of the action.

I made this transition myself in 2015, moving from a career at a global logistics provider to Lucas Group. While I enjoyed my previous work, I felt I’d hit a ceiling for professional advancement. I was ready to build my own book of business. Most importantly, I wanted a position where I’d also make an immediate, positive impact on people’s lives, connecting talented professionals with rewarding career opportunities.

When I speak with other professionals about my career change, many are surprised that I don’t have a background as an engineer. They mistakenly believe that a technical background is a prerequisite for succeeding as a manufacturing recruiter. I actually studied Public Relations in college– and I’ve found it’s an eagerness to learn and a desire to make an impact, not a specific degree, that sets you up for success.

Is a mid-career switch to manufacturing right for you? Consider the following:

  1. You’re a natural entrepreneur and eager to take control of your professional destiny. Inevitably, many of us hit a professional ceiling at our current companies. Whether a promised pathway to promotion fails to materialize or you find yourself stuck on projects that don’t spark your passion, professional stagnation can be frustrating. With manufacturing recruiting, you’re in charge of building your own book of business and can advance rapidly.
  2. You’re a lifelong learner. From AI to co-bots to 3D printing, Industry 4.0 is transforming the manufacturing industry, creating new business models, business operations and revenue streams. Every day in the office is an opportunity to learn something new about companies, technology, engineering or supply chain management.
  3. You’re a creative problem solver and thrive on challenges. Deloitte and the Manufacturing Institute estimate that the manufacturing industry will face a 2 million-person shortfall. Profitability pressures, rapid technology advancements, and generational workforce shifts are also changing the rules of the recruitment game for manufacturing companies. Manufacturing recruiters face two exciting challenges: identifying the right talent for a company’s unique growth needs and selling this talent on a new career path. It’s not easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding work, especially when you see the tremendous impact the right hire can have on a business.

As a manufacturing recruiter, every day is different as you work closely with companies, helping them find the right hire to drive innovation and guide their business through dynamic market shifts and technology transformations.