Top tips for landing a job in engineering
Support 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.
Whether you’re looking to work in foreign climes, on a graduate scheme or for an SME, here are my top tips to get ahead:
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, potentially relocating where the jobs are.
Demonstrate relevant skills
Recruiters look for demonstration of analytical, numeracy, literacy and IT skills as well as innovation, good planning and organisation. Consider examples of how you’ve excelled in these areas for your CV and interviews.
Show interest in engineering
Demonstrating interest in your chosen field can help differentiate you from similar candidates. Read industry media so you’re aware of the latest relevant developments as well as statutory, industry and company health and safety practices.
Join a professional engineering body
It’s not obligatory for all disciplines to join a professional body, but it can help you stand out, opening doors to networking opportunities, professional qualifications, the latest industry news and training events – all of which will help boost job prospects.
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 www.prospects.ac.uk