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Stand out from the crowd - Engineering graduates

15/05/2012
What sets you apart from the rest of the pack?

There are more graduate jobs available now within certain sectors than there have been for the last few months, but there is also no shortage of graduates. So, what can you do to give you the edge over the other graduates that will also be applying for the same roles?

Aside from a Degree or Masters, there are a few more things that make you more employable.

Work experience

Anything from a short industrial placement, to a year’s work experience with a company as part of a degree will increase your employability tenfold. It’s not so much the case that you now have the technical skills for the role you want to get into. Work experience demonstrates your ability to cope in a professional environment and gives you the basics. An established company’s name from within your industry won’t do your CV any harm either.

A good dissertation

A contemporary final project on a subject that really matters to your employer, such as Hybrid Technologies or EU Emission Regulations in the case of the automotive industry will be really interesting to an employer. It also provides a good talking point in an interview.

What else can you do to stand out?

You can join a professional body like the Institute of Acoustics or the Institute of Engineers. Extracurricular activities like joining a university formula race team will really boost your chances of getting called to the all-important interviews. You need to be as flexible as possible with the jobs you’re applying for, if you can relocate or consider a number of different roles in your chosen sector, then you will really maximise your chances of securing a position.

Of all the graduates we have been placing with Bentley, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover we have the most success with people who are keen and enthusiastic and most of all flexible for the variety of positions on offer. Nearly all of the roles we have open at the moment in automotive are open to graduates.

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