How to become an Engineer

Posted: Jan 18, 2019

There’s a lot of future for a career in engineering, especially as there’s currently a shortage of people in the UK with STEM skills (science, technology, engineering & mathematics).

In fact, the demand for people with these skills is only set to grow and it’s not just welders and engineers that are required. There are also a lot of opportunities for business sales executives, technicians, design engineers and commercial roles such as finance and marketing.

If you’re considering joining this exciting sector, read on for guidance on how to kick start your career in engineering.

Consider your education plan

It’s important to be aware of the qualifications that recruiters look out for when hiring for engineering positions. These include Maths, English, ICT, Sciences, Design & Technology. If engineering is a career you’re interested in, consider these subjects as part of your education plan.

There are many ways to get into engineering. For example, you may go to an engineering college, undergo an apprenticeship or study at university. Find out which route best suits you and your career plan, but make sure you investigate all options before you decide. There are some excellent opportunities out there that don’t require a degree!

Do your research

If you know which type of company you want to work for, make sure you research them. Find out about their company values, how many employees they have, what products or services they provide and what development opportunities they offer employees.

Follow the types of companies you want to work for on social media or in the press. If you’re going for an interview it’s always a plus point if you know your facts!

Look beyond the pay packet

It’s not all about the money you’ll be earning. At the end of the day, money doesn’t make you happy no matter what anybody tells you! It’s a lot more than that. For example, are there progression opportunities available, will you receive training and development, are the employees nice and easy to get on and work with?

These are all important questions that are sometimes overlooked. Think about what you really want out of an engineering job – and what’s most important to you. This will make it easier to find a role that ticks all the boxes.

Make your skills and personality stand out

As a recruitment agency, we’ve seen thousands of engineering CVs and most of them look exactly the same. What we and other employers are looking for is something that makes you stand out from the rest.

What key skills or achievements do you have? The key skills that recruiters are currently looking for are team players, curiosity, ambition, good communicators, problem solvers, adaptability, creativity and resilience. If you can show a recruiter that you have these skills, then make sure you shout about it!

Get your foot in the door

If you know of a particular company that you want to work for, call them! Put yourself out there, be a bit cheeky and ask them if they need volunteers. Gaining work experience can really help to kick start your career in engineering.

After all, you’d have the opportunity to see what it’s like working there and which areas of engineering you might be interested in. This is a really good way of developing skills and building a network of useful contacts. And it looks really good on your CV too!

Keep your head up

Finally, don’t give up! If it’s something you really want, then keep going. We all get knock-backs in life. But what makes you stronger is how you get up, deal with it and move on.

Engineering can be a very exciting sector to work in, especially with all the design and technology changes due in the next few years. So why don’t you give it a go?

Ready to kick start your career in engineering?

There’s so much more to a career in manufacturing and engineering than people think. Young people must investigate the sector as a serious career option before jumping into something they may regret later in life.


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Thank you to CV Library for providing the above information. 

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