Engineering- What Does It Take?

Individuals all over the country who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering can prepare for their future as early as secondary school. By choosing a variety of subjects such as science, maths and other engineer related courses available to you, they are able to start studies close to engineering, gaining experience at an early stage.

Like all career routes, obtaining your goal can be stressful at times. It’s important you not give up and to stick to what you’re doing. There are multiple routes that can be taken to get into engineering, including a work-based learning route like an apprenticeship scheme, going to university and obtaining a degree and a vocational route with a college course or an independent Training Provider like GET.

Going to university to study an engineering based course can be a great way to get into engineering. However, it can incur a huge amount of debt during, and after, your studies which can take a number of years to pay off. You may find that many engineering businesses offer a Bursary scheme. This means you will be paid an annual bursary whilst you are studying, often in the return of you agreeing to work for said company for an agreed period of time.

If you decide university isn’t the route for you, getting involved in an engineering apprenticeship after you have finished school is a great way to get into the industry. This also has a great advantage that involves earning money whilst you’re learning. Whilst on an apprenticeship, you’re able to learn the skills needed to be an engineer whilst on the job. Not only this, but you’re able to build a great relationship with your employers, hopefully meaning they’ll keep you on as an employee.

Qualifications don’t amount to everything, and potential employers are looking for individuals who can demonstrate the vital skills it takes to be an engineer. Employers want creative thinkers and problem solvers who are hands on within an office and more physical working environment. Making the effort to build contacts by joining forums and chartered bodies could be the extra mile needed to get yourself noticed.

At GET, we offer a fantastic range of courses and apprenticeships within the engineering industry. If you’d like to find out more about whether you have what it takes to get your foot in engineering, we’d love to help! Give us a call on 01452 423461 or by visiting our website Contact page.