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Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Careers Guide

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Overview

Take the power into your own hands! Consider a job in electrical engineering.

Harnessing the power of electricity these engineers work with the design, assembly and testing of electronic circuits. If you use electronics, which we know you do, electrical engineers have played an essential part in their design and construction.

Obviously the electronics industry is exciting and ever expanding so there are always plenty of opportunities for graduates in the field.

You will have to keep yourself up-to-date with the ever changing industry as technology develops at a fast pace
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Becoming chartered through a professional organisation like the Institute of Engineering and Technology (kn.theiet.org) is a key part of furthering your career. It will give you opportunities for promotion, overseas jobs, higher pay and more responsibility.


SalaryTOP ^

Graduate salaries start at around £20,000, with more experienced workers making well over £50,000.

QualificationsTOP ^

The best way into the industry is to gain a degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, but there is a lot of crossover with other engineering degrees in Mechanics, Computing, Aeronautics and Physics.

It is also possible to enter into this field through an apprenticeship (www.apprenticeships.org.uk). This will teach you the technical aspects of electrical engineering, helping you to build your skills and experience through a series of vocational qualifications. Check out the City & Guilds qualifications you might be eligible for at www.cityandguilds.com.


Skills NeededTOP ^

Aside from the relevant qualifications in electrical engineering you will need to be good at managing projects and be a good multi-tasker. Good communications and team-work skills are essential to completing jobs.

You will need to keep your knowledge of technology and industry developments up-to-date and be self-motivated to involve yourself in the industry out of the specific jobs you undertake.


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