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Starting Your Graduate Career in Engineering

Written by Sophie Down | October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

rsz_1shutterstock_177392516The engineer career path can lead in myriad ways, so Webrecruit is here to give you some information about the next step when starting your engineering vocation.

What Employers Want

To work within engineering it’s important but not always essential to have a relevant degree, but in some sectors employers will accept scientific or mathematical degrees. Again, there are many paths to choose therefore it is worth spending time researching which degree is best for your interest. Jasper Kashap, one of our Recruiters here at Webrecruit recommends that when applying its important to keep your qualifications clear and at the forefront of your application. There are also particular soft skills that hiring managers will be looking out for, including good leadership or management for projects, adaptability for changing situations, communication and teamwork. All of which are beneficial as a group as well as individually.

Get to Know Subsectors

Different subsectors within the industry can include automotive engineering, civil engineering, design, electrical, IT, mechanical, production and many more. If you’re unsure which to choose speak to people you know or look for mentors in different areas, to gain an understanding of what it is they do and whether this is right for you. An engineering degree can lead you to other areas that require such technical expertise including logistics, operations management, purchasing and teaching.

Get Experience

According to EngineeringUK, skilled trade worker and engineers are the most in-demand jobs globally, with an average starting salary for graduates at just over £26,000. Starting out as a graduate or new engineer, you may begin by learning about the different areas of a company through partaking in a project getting to know the different phases of design and implementation. Some graduates may start off with an internship or placement scheme at a large company, which can be a vital part of beginning their career. Smaller companies can also offer great experience, where you may end up with more opportunities and responsibility so it is worth spending time looking at firms that can offer this type of experience.

Learning the Hierarchy

To give an example of the hierarchy of roles, entry-level engineering jobs may include a database administrator or help desk technician. Managerial positions in engineering can start with technical manager, programme manager or project leader. More senior level positions include ‘head of’ roles, chief engineer, engineering director or programme director. You can decide on a more technical career, or take the option to head towards managerial roles which may require a management qualification.

Finally – Prepare and Research

Use different sites and job information to create your engineering action plan, to set out the career steps you will take to build your occupation. Remember not to get too hung up on a ‘perfect’ position; you may change your mind along the way. Review your CV and tailor it to target your first engineering role. To decide on your career path identify your skills and interests to discover what makes you tick, these career goals and plans can make it much easier to make the right moves towards where you want to be.

Here are some informative sites to get you started:

All About Careers – Engineering

Educating Engineers

Engineering.com

Grad Cracker

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