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Secrets of the Sectors: Engineering and Manufacturing

Engineering and manufacturing is a hugely broad work sector. Workers in this sector may be working as health and safety officials, designers, rail workers, surveyors, project managers, or within many many other job roles.

However, employees in the music, nuclear, biotechnology, space, and automation and robotics, as well as other jobs, are required to have qualifications. The field is competitive, with most applicants having graduate or undergraduate degrees in relevant subjects. However, if you have a graduate or undergraduate degree relevant to the job you desire, then there are a lot of companies out there that you can apply to work with. These companies are including, but not limited to, Airbus, Ford, Heinz, and BP. There are also a lot of small businesses that take on graduates, with most graduates working within those medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

Points to Consider

  • Jobs in this sector often lead to career progression. Many companies offer ways for employees to develop their knowledge, working towards various diplomas.
  • Engineering graduates can expect to earn a higher starting salary than graduates of other degrees.
  • Creativity and problem-solving skills are essential in this sector. The employees skills in these areas will be used to design new products or help to solve tough challenges.
  • According to Engineering UK 2018, 62% of gradutes of engineering and technology degrees were in full-time employment within 6 months of graduating. Conversely, only 56% of graduates of other subjects were in full-time work within 6 months of graduating. These statistics show that things look promising for individuals wanting to work in this sector.

It is also worth considering going into an area such as nuclear energy, big data, and road and rail transport. These are all growing areas that will likely be taking on more people and offering more chances for growth.

Where should I study?

If you’re considering studying manufacturing and or engineering at university, consider the following universities:

  • University of Derby
  • Solent University (Southampton)
  • UCL (University College London)
  • University of Bristol
  • Cardiff University

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