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Sector Popularity Index

Ranked 22 of 40 sectors

The popularity index ranks the sectors graduates chose most frequently during registration since 2000.

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Average salary for jobs in Engineering compared to the average salary for all jobs posted to graduate-jobs.com

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Engineering Employability

Percentage of graduates who studied a degree related to Engineering that have found relevant work since 2012: 89%

How to get a job in Engineering

Engineering is an expansive field which requires its applicants to understand at least one of several disciplines. Covering Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering, these fields require different specialist knowledge however to get a job in each of these, candidates would be advised to demonstrate skills that are applicable to all the specialisations. Graduates from these disciplines should be aware that there is nearly always a demand for talented, driven and ambitious Engineers. The field is an excellent one for a graduate to pursue as it offers not only a challenging and interesting career but also very good financial rewards.

Graduates from these fields would usually have attained these already, but applicants are advised to have a solid set of academic qualifications behind them. These must include the core GCSEs of Maths, English and Science that are achieved to a high grade. Candidates would be advised to make sure they had relevant A levels, including Maths and the relevant Science to their field. Employers might not ask for these, but it would be advised to demonstrate a commitment to excellence throughout a candidate's academic career.

Engineering the Future

The Engineering sector is a varied and niche path for a graduate to enter. Academic credentials are key to making it. Success in applications would be nearly impossible if a candidate did not have a degree in some form of Engineering. A BEng or even a MEng are critical for applicants to be successful, when applying to a relevant field. Candidates from other disciplines might struggle, however if their background is Science or Maths related, employers might take a second look at their application. As some of the work within the sector requires graduates to be working on dangerous projects with hazardous materials, many employers look for a 2:1 or above to make sure of solid sector knowledge.

Specialist knowledge is definitely required for candidates to be successful in the Engineering sector. Obviously, candidates will follow the route of their degree dictates, however graduates need to go further than that. When applying it would be beneficial for candidates to go into more detail than that, they should reference specific projects that they done on their course to what the company does. Just stating that they have an Electrical Engineering degree won't necessarily swing in their favour. However, if a candidate can make an example of a university project that involved working with large transformers, for example, employers at somewhere like the National Grid will be able to relate the candidate to a working position. The same applies across all the spheres of Engineering, candidates need to prove specifically why they are the person for the job and how their understanding relates to the position.

Problem Solving is one of the most important skills for a graduate to use when trying to get a job in Engineering. The work that Engineers are required to undertake, across Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical or Civil, means they must be excellent at assessing problems and working out ways to tackle them. Evidence for this can come from degree work, such as individual tasks or group projects. Candidates should make a real effort to demonstrate these skills as they will impress the employer and become very useful if they get the job.

For a candidate to make it in any Engineering application process, they need to demonstrate analytical skills, accuracy and excellent maths. Candidates for Engineering roles need to be on the ball and clinical with the work they conduct. This requires them being very thorough. Any mistakes in their application, be it typos or missing words, would lead to doubts being cast on their suitability for the role. Analytical skills and Maths should be evident from their degree, however do not be surprised if there is some form of competency test during the application process. This could involve maths and analytics, but candidates should be prepared for these.

Applicants must understand that, while they might be a brilliant Engineer in the making, they will not be doing everything themselves. Team working and communication skills are important for getting on in companies. Rarely will Engineers be given individual projects to undertake, but be required to cooperate with people at a similar level and progress as a team. Evidence of team working skills should not be restricted to when a candidate has led a team, but rather supported different elements of a team and not just delegated. A candidate could suggest project work where they have discussed issues to reach a successful outcome with differing parties. Employers want to see candidates that are able to work as a collective as well as an Engineer.

Many of the larger employers run summer schemes or internship programmes; candidates would be advised to try to attend these to get to grips with applying their knowledge in the working world. These summer schemes can not only give the candidate a wealth of experience but also show the employer how proactive they have been and how committed they are to a career in the industry. In some cases, candidates have worked over the summer or had placements at firms and impressed enough to be asked back to take on a role there full time after university. Summer schemes and placements are excellent for candidates to really see what they are learning at university is practical outside campus, leading to more enthusiastic studies and better overall results.

Field Engineer at Baker Hughes

 4.7 / 5 added 21 January 2014

The process is the same worldwide... In the BHE I attended we were 19 of whom 10 was selected to join the company DAY 1 the day begin at 6:30 am…

Engineering Graduate at Spirax Sarco UK

 4.1 / 5 added 04 December 2013

This was the first video interview I had so it was kind of nerve racking. Some pre interview set up tips: 1) Look smart line as if you're attending a real…

AC consisted of one 1-on-1 interview. This was mainly competency based, marking specifically against their high performance behavioural values (detailed on their careers site). The questions were easy to answer, not…

Graduate Process Engineer at CB&I

 3.7 / 5 added 26 October 2013

The application process is very simple. It just required a CV and cover letter. I was contacted about a month or so later being invited to a telephone interview. Unlike most…

Graduate Field Engineer at Baker Hughes

 3.9 / 5 added 09 October 2013

Interview for Baker Hughes I had sent a CV and cover letter in response to the graduate field engineer role at Baker Hughes that I found on my Universitys Career services…

My day began with three short 15 minute aptitude tests. The first one was series forming (40 questions). The second was pattern recognition (30 questions). The last one was simple numerical…

Technical Field Engineer at Baker Hughes

 3.9 / 5 added 14 July 2013

The telephone interview is very simple. It lasted approximately 30 minutes with one of the Baker Hughes (BH) recruiters and was only competency based. They were general questions as to why…

Graduate Civil Engineer at Atkins

 3.9 / 5 added 19 June 2013

After initially applying through a family member that worked at the Transport office, I was given a "nominated fast track application". This meant I did not need to actually apply through…

Graduate Engineer at Kerry Group plc

 3.4 / 5 added 19 June 2013

Competency Based Phone interview discussing topics such as teamwork, working with a difficult person etc which lasted about 20 minutes. Assessement centre which consisted of a personal presentation, group presentation, face…

Graduate Engineer at Parsons Brinkerhoff

 5 / 5 added 19 June 2013

During the interview for myself, I was asked about my work expeirnce, what I learned from it, how I had put some of the skills I have learned from it to…

My technical interview was with 2 senior engineers. They asked me questions relating to engines. Since it was a design based role. I was asked basic questions relating to engine design…

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