“When I was 12, my father took me to his office, to the factory, and told me, ‘Here, where are you going to end your life!’ It was gloomy. ” These words of Jacques Brela well illustrate the image of the factory, for generations. Difficulties, alienation and class struggle, a gloomy picture for hard work, which you may have seen in Chaplin’s “Modern Times” or read in Zola’s “Germinal”. But the world of industry continues to evolve, driven by digital technology and robotics, now offering great career prospects.
The factory of the future? Now is
Connected machines, 3D printers, drones and other robots, digital and automation are changing the face of the “factory”, ie all economic activities that produce material goods through the “transformation” of raw materials. In France, this industrial sector represents almost 235,000 companies and more than 2.7 million employees. Automotive, agri-food, metallurgy, aeronautics, chemicals, textiles or electronics, these are more than 40 different professional sectors. Despite the weight of the French industry and its desire to employ 250,000 people a year, companies are struggling to hire talent to meet environmental challenges and technological challenges.
A factory that no longer looks like a factory
Working conditions in the industry have evolved significantly, even if not everything is perfect. One of the advantages? Flexibility, thanks to variable working hours (day or night) and more “flexible” rest or recovery, even if it depends on each company. As for salaries, things have changed from time to time: depending on the position, incomes can be 15 to 25% higher than elsewhere in the private sector. Not to mention bonuses and salary supplements. Another advantage is the possibility of working close to home, as the regions offer great opportunities. Finally, the question of “meaning” can be answered in the factory, through specific professions, at the heart of the innovations and challenges of tomorrow.
For all profiles
A data scientist, digital simulation engineer, robotics expert, computer security expert or production operator, many professions flourish in every industry. Not to mention support functions and executive positions (finance, marketing, etc.). CAP, BTS or Master, regardless of degree, the industry relies on your skills and human qualities. To train you, work-study is also the royal way to enter the “factory”, since 87% of apprentices find a job within 6 months. When you’re in the office, you can learn, grow, and climb the ladder, thanks in part to a number of internal training programs. Want to know more? Immerse yourself in the French fab!
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