Do you like engineering? Or have you considered it as a career choice for you in the future? See below for some top tips for getting into the field.
1. Research, Research, Research!
When it comes to engineering, there is not just one kind. Engineering is an umbrella term including many different roles such as Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electronics/ Electrical Engineering, General Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and many more. Take the time to see which one you like best.
2. Attend An Open Event
Attending an event where you can see the chosen field you would like to work in. This might be through a company, organisation, university or college, but it is best to take a look beforehand as it with aid you in deciding your specialism and ensure you’re making the right choice. You will be able to ask questions to professionals and employers that can guide you with an insight into what the career involves and discuss training, qualifications and career options.
3. Research Your Entry Route
You need to do thorough research on the relevant qualifications required for your engineering dream job. Some roles might require academic qualifications whereas some can be achieved through an engineering apprenticeship. Either way, it is best to know this beforehand so you take the right path suited to your interests.
4. Find the right course
There are a number of universities that could offer you the qualification you require, so it’s in your best interest to use all the resources available when deciding which programme to study. Make sure you check university rankings, accreditation and the Joint Board of Moderators (JBM) to see if the course is recognised by professional bodies. And don’t get drawn in by the freebies!
5. Get Work Experience (through apprenticeship or work placements).
Some degrees provide a year in the engineering industry which helps you build contacts and experience. If it isn’t included, it is always possible to seek your own experience which will help you gain invaluable hands-on experience and potentially a long-term job afterwards.
6. Study For A Masters
Depending on what you are looking to get into, some roles require postgraduate qualifications, especially if you are aiming for a chartered status!
7. Join A Professional Body
This will enable you to speak to experts in the industry and attend lectures and conferences on relevant topics. Also, professional bodies will enhance your networking opportunities and being a member can show employers that you are dedicated and passionate about your career development. Take a look at the engineering council for more information.