- What type of role am I looking for? (Do I want a client facing role? Consulting? Project based? Project management or business? Software or hardware? Site based or office based?)
- Where can I see myself in the future? What roles should I do now, to enable me to pursue X career in the future? (Remember that you may need to work up to your dream job - it takes the average graduate around three years)
TARGETjobs Engineering has tips on choosing the right engineering career and graduate employer.
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Further study is a great way to develop more advanced knowledge in specific engineering areas. It is not always necessary for certain engineering careers, but check the course content and speak with an adviser or your tutor if you are not sure. A good way to measure whether a Master's degree or PhD will be useful is to check out job descriptions of roles you are interested in for your future career. If they consistently ask for higher level qualifications (eg Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover usually ask for MEng/MSc qualifications), then a Master's degree may be a good way to increase your job prospects. Check out our Postgraduate Study pages for more advice.
What type of study could I do?
The possibilities are endless - MSc, MEng, PhD. These could be in engineering or engineering-related fields such as Sustainability, Product Design or Medical Engineering, but remember that you can also study areas outside of engineering such as PGCE (for primary and secondary school teaching), GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law for Law conversion) or MBA (for Business and Management).
Professional Development - Chartered Engineer and Incorporated Engineer status
Within the engineering profession, professional qualifications can help you progress up the career ladder and also command a higher salary.
You can work towards becoming a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Incorporated Engineer (IEng) while you work (typically on an accredited graduate scheme). This is something to think about when you are looking at graduate employers and whether they will be able to offer or support you in your professional development.
TARGETjobs Engineering has more details on becoming a chartered or incorporated engineer after starting a graduate job.
Top tips for getting a top job
Check out 'the Importance of Work Experience: Employability tips for Engineering students' in the essential files section for brilliant ideas on how to build your CV and experience. Don't forget to look at the Finding a Job section.