There are many sectors and industries within Engineering and deciding which one can be a difficult task. Chances are you may have found your niche through research and at an educational level but some of you will already have the experience you need but might want to move on to something different.

Here is a short guide to get you started:

Get a hobby
If you have already studied and researched Engineering based skills and jobs, it’s obvious that you want to go down the Engineering route. You should turn it into a hobby and expand on it overtime.

Try building websites, computers or even fix cars. The more valuable skills you learn in your spare time, the more confident and eager you will be in the long run.

Get some contacts
You should start off by creating a professional profile on LinkedIn. If you have just come out of education, try and connect with your lecturers/teachers as they can give you a brilliant reference as well as pointing you in the right direction.

You should use social media to your advantage as it can land you a job quickly when you show the world that you are a passionate, eager and skilled individual. Once you have found connections, make sure you maintain them.

Get the correct Information
If you have landed an Interview, it’s always good practice to research the company beforehand. Get to know all their current information and history. Even research their competitors and start to think about how you could change the dynamic of the company in a positive, innovative way.

The more you know about the company, the confident you will be during your interview.

Personalise your application
Unless you’re 100% certain your set on what you want to do within the Engineering sector, you will probably be applying to multiple different companies that specialise in different things.

Keep on track of your applications by personalising your CV and cover letter for each position. If you apply to 2 jobs for the same company, try to alter your application slightly as the employer will pick up on this and it will show you aren’t thorough. Change things like the skills and match them to the requirements.

Adhere to the company’s values and techniques and try to use buzzwords you’ve seen on their website. Competition is tough and there IS shortage of Engineers in the UK, but that does not mean you will get a job so easy, it’s all about your skills and dedication.

Change is happening
Engineering is a world of constant change. You will need to display your awareness of changes and be willing to adapt. Keep up to dare with the latest trends and news. For example, Health and Safety is an area that’s constantly changing for diverse work environments. You need to so some digging and find the basics.

In conclusion, Engineering is like other sectors. Although you will need the correct skills usually learnt from higher education or apprenticeships. You can learn a lot yourself with help from the internet and you can turn it into a hobby to improve your skills. Many computer engineers started off by learning to assemble and fix Computers and eventually turned it into a career. It IS possible when you put your mind to it.