Employment rates for recent engineering graduates are higher than those for all graduates. Yet despite the dearth of people going into the field, there’s no doubt that it’s a competitive jobs market.
My 5 top tips for a career in engineering:
1. Put the work in
Entering the jobs market can be a daunting experience. Seek help from university careers services who can provide best guidance. Also be prepared to travel, maybe even moving to live where the jobs are.
2. Demonstrate relevant skills
Recruiters look for analytical, numeracy, literacy and IT skills as well as innovation, good planning and organisation. Find examples of how you’ve excelled in these areas for your CV and interviews.
3. Show interest in engineering
Showing interest in your chosen field can help you to stand out from similar candidates. Reading industry media will help you stay aware of the latest developments as well as statutory, industry and company health and safety practices. Even dropping the right lingo here and there can boost your pitch.
4. Join a professional engineering body
It’s not a ‘must’ to join a professional body, but it can help you stand out, especially in engineering. Professional bodies can open doors to networking opportunities and professional qualifications, whether you’re ready for them or not. They’ll also give you the latest industry news and training events – all of which will help boost job prospects.
5. Gain experience
Employers will look favourably on those who have experience of work, combined with the theoretical knowledge gained from a degree. Many university engineering courses offer placement years, lecturers will know of relevant opportunities and many companies offer paid internships too.
For engineering careers advice, internships and jobs visit prospects.ac.uk