How to: Choose the Engineering job for youIn an industry which has as much scope as engineering does, one of the hardest things about getting into a suitable role is deciding on one particular area of speciality. Given that the profession encompasses everything from the design and construction of jet engines to the writing of complex computer code, engineering draws individuals of many unique strengths and interests.
Determining where your own strengths and interests lie is de facto the very first thing any aspiring engineer must do when starting upon their journey towards the base of the professional ladder. By doing this early-on hopefuls can cut out a lot of hard work and, more importantly, hesitance, at a more crucial later stage.
That is not to say that skimming the many possibilities available to you, should you become a qualified engineering, and picking just a handful of focus areas is easy. In fact, fewer things are harder.
In order to assist anyone out there who is struggling with the huge and overwhelming choice at their disposal as a trainee engineer, we’ve put together a couple of pointers to keep you on the right tracks and pursuing the area your heart truly lies.
Research, Research, RESEARCH!
The first and by far the most boring item of this list is - somewhat unsurprisingly - research. Chances are that if you’ve been bold enough to pursue engineering as a career choice then you aren’t shy of a bit of heavy reading. After all, it’s one of the most theory-based professions of them all.
By looking into each separate area you think you may be interested in at your own leisure (god bless the internet!), you can learn a great deal. From this initial (and rather general research), you can use the process of elimination in order to take a closer and closer look at the surviving categories of interest.
Identify Personal Career Goals
Admittedly, this can be tricky starting out. Even those of us who are lucky enough to know vaguely which profession is right for us can have some trouble honing in on a select area of specialisation, especially those of us who want to be engineers!
If you’re interested in making lots and lots of money (kudos for admitting it) you will be best off looking towards the areas of engineering with the highest starting salaries. If you want to save the planet, then the fields and companies with a large humanitarian edge are the ones you should be researching.
Seek Out Some Appropriate Experience
So, let’s say you’ve decided to commit your working life to helping the underprivileged and marginalised people of the world, a noble choice – good for you. A suitable next step would be to line up some relevant experience in this sector, not only in order to deem whether or not it really is for you, but to assess whether or not it is an area in which you are likely to thrive.
We’re all individuals who possess our own unique set of skills and strengths. Often the hardest thing we will ever do in our lives is properly identifying them in a way that benefits us.
Head to the Recruitment Fares
Given that the engineering industry employs just shy of 6 million individuals in the United Kingdom alone, it’s probably fair to suggest that there a good deal of employers scouting for fresh talent each year. If you’re like me and have always found the general ambience of the recruitment fare to be a little off, my advice would be to get over it, particularly if you’d like to work as an engineer!
All firms big and small see it as being in their best interests to be represented at these events, as it is an opportunity to interact with the new crop of talent and make those all-important first impressions. This is one of the key areas in which engineering differs from other professional sectors: they genuinely are keen to have a chat.
So there we have it, while you’ve got 328 browser tabs open reading about what the engineering industry can offer you, do a quick search on upcoming recruitment fares local to you.