It’s Never Too Late to be Great: Steve Jobs

apple logoEveryone has heard of Steve Jobs, he was the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc. However what about before Apple Inc? It might surprise you to know that Jobs journey was not always clear, no one was expecting Jobs to make the great impact on the world that he did.

After being given up for adoption as a baby, Jobs lacked interest at school, even being bribed with sweets by teachers to do his work. At an older age he was bullied at school, and then when we went to University he dropped out and took part in a variety of different classes he was not registered for. Despite these setbacks, Steve Jobs went on to become one of the World’s most famous engineers.

Jobs started the Apple company with a business partner in 1976 at the age of 21, using money he made from selling his car. These two men revolutionised the technology industry by creating computers that were accessible to everyone, smaller and cheaper than existing machines.

After a successful beginning, Apple produced products that received low customer satisfaction and found it hard to compete against rival companies. Jobs resigned from his role at Apple, then returned in 1997 and is credited with revitalising the company. His ingenious mind brought new designs, branding campaigns and products to Apple, and these enticed a large customer base.

Jobs’ career after re-joining Apple went from strength to strength. In 2001, Apple released the iPod, and two years later Steve Jobs introduced the iTunes music store. It was reported in 2013 that the iTunes store held 63% of the market for paid music downloads, with 80% of digital music buyers doing so through the Apple iTunes store. In 2007, Jobs unveiled the iPhone. This smartphone held 45% of the market share last year. Think of the impact these products have had on your life, they exist due to engineers.

Steve Jobs sadly died in 2011, but left a legacy that the world will always remember him for. He was a hard worker with a brilliant and creative mind, who overcame obstacles in his youth and even in his engineering career to go on to great things. Steve Jobs reminds us that no matter what yourself, your family, your teachers or your friends may think of you, you have the potential to achieve anything you set your mind to.

There are many stereotypes about the engineering industry, but it is important to remember it’s not all about wearing overalls and getting dirty while fixing engines. Being an Apple engineer is hard work, but it is creative, exciting and carries the ability to make a difference in the world. Due to Jobs’ creative and innovative mind, when he died in 2011 Forbes estimated him to have left a £4.5 billion fortune.

Engineering UK state that every year for the next 6 years 87,000 engineering graduates and 69,000 qualified to apprentice level will be needed, however the UK only produce 46,000 and 27,000 respectively a year. There has never been a better time to get involved in the world of engineering!

Before you rule out the STEM (science, technology, engineering, maths) industry as a career path, whether you think that it is boring, greasy or meaningless, think of Steve Jobs.

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