Young engineers can improve prospects by becoming professionally registered, advises recruitment specialist
As the employment market for graduate engineers with limited experience becomes increasingly competitive, young engineering candidates need to offer more than a degree to ensure a successful application. According to Jonathan Lee Recruitment, an engineer who is progressing towards Chartered or Incorporated status shows a commitment and enthusiasm for the profession which is highly valued by employers.
“A good degree, on its own, is not sufficient to secure an interview,” Simon Roberts, regional manager of Jonathan Lee Recruitment, said. “Employers are looking for something more from those they put on the short list: evidence of the right attitude and the potential for the candidate to continue developing their capabilities.”
As an independent consultant specializing in professional positions for technology businesses, Jonathan Lee provides both employers and employees with practical, impartial advice on recruitment.
“Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, for example, indicates a commitment to the profession and to continuous personal improvement, making you a more attractive prospect for employers. Job-specific skills can be developed through training and experience so employers tend to favor candidates who can demonstrate the right attitude,” Roberts said. “It takes a minimum of three to four years for a graduate to accrue the necessary experience to apply for Chartered or Incorporated status so candidates should take advantage of the Affiliate and Associate Member grades.”
Jonathan Lee has also found that progression towards professional registration confirms to a potential employer that a candidate has a broader understanding and is more likely to become a senior technical specialist or manager. These are highly desirable qualities to an employer.
“The best way for graduates to kick-start their careers and keep them ahead in the jobs market is by making a clear commitment to gaining the appropriate professional qualifications,” Roberts said. “Graduates need to remember that their CV is a working document that should be continually maintained. The real test of a CV is ‘does it get you an interview.’ Looking after your own career, seeking out new challenges and responsibilities, provides evidence that will make you stand out from the crowd.”
Jonathan Lee Recruitment is a specialist in the recruitment of engineers and other professional disciplines for all types of technology-focused business. The company was established in 1978.
Five tips from Jonathan Lee on recession-proofing your career plan:
- Establish a professional network – building relationships beyond your immediate circle that will help both you and your employer.
- Follow a program of continuous professional development – keep abreast of advances in technologies or techniques that affect your chosen field and learn how your profession can make a wider contribution.
- Take control of your career direction – choose the skills and knowledge to add to your CV that will take you towards your long-term goal.
- Take the most of opportunities where you can deliver demonstrable results – this will help build your track record.
- Progress towards professional registration – this will help directly with the other four tips and could significantly improve your earning potential throughout your career.
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