Engineering Graduate: What’s Next?
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for: you’ve graduated from your Engineering degree course. This is an exciting time, but it can also be a little overwhelming as you consider how to step from the world of University into the real world of work.
Whether you’ve been working in varied placements throughout your course or have a clear idea of the direction you want to take, you will find that following our simple guide can help you to move forward into the career you want.
Planning Your Engineering Career
There are plenty of Engineering jobs out there for graduates, and Ireland is a hub of research and opportunity in this sector, but it’s vital to give yourself time to hunt for the right position and plan your job search strategically. Here’s how:
- Identify your industry. There are many options when you’re starting a career in engineering, and looking at these in conjunction with your own strengths and weaknesses should help you to narrow down your options. Think carefully about the fields you are interested in, and explore the different requirements of positions that may suit you. Talking to those who are already working in the sort of roles you would like can be a very useful way to begin planning your career path.
- Research companies you like. Look at the companies you would like to work for, and explore any graduate programmes they offer. It can help to find out as much as possible about a company and the way it operates, so that you are well informed and prepared for positions that arise. Stay aware of current research, and find out what career progression typically looks like within the companies you are considering.
- Work with the experts. A recruitment agency such as CareerWise can help you to identify opportunities as they arise, and will work with you to let you know when specific positions you may be interested in become available.
- Work on your application. Each time you apply for a position, you should ensure that your CV and covering letter are written especially for that role. Make sure your experience is relevant, and that your passion for the role is clearly visible in your application.
- Prepare for success. How do you feel about interviews? If your technique could use some work, take the time to brush up on your skills. Don’t be caught out by not knowing enough about the company you are interviewing for, and ensure that you present yourself well and make a good impression with punctuality and a confident smile.
Are You Seeking Engineering Jobs in Cork?
Here at CareerWise, we work with many businesses in the Medical Device, Sciences/Pharma and Engineering industries, matching the ideal candidate with every role. Contact us online, or call on +353 (0) 21 206 for a consultation to find the ideal position for you