What else you can do with your degree: Engineering and Technology
Throughout this series, we’ve been looking at where else your degree can take you.
After delving into where a degree can take you, we moved onto the specific degree schools. Art and Humanities can take you further than the classroom and Business and Management doesn’t end in the boardroom; but what can you do with an Engineering and technology degree?
“Engineers like to solve problems. If there are no problems handily available, they will create their own problems.”
― Scott Adams
Being an Engineering and Technology graduate means you have more than just the standard skills that completing a degree brings. The specialist skills that you come away with can vary depending on what kind of degree you’ve done, but all engineering and technology grads share the following:
• A great level of analytical and problem-solving skill
• The ability to project manage with a keen eye for detail
• A knowledge of industry specific programming and protocol.
• A high level of organization
• The knowledge to work well in/lead teams made up of multiple departments.
So, what can you do?
Both creative and analytical, a problem solver and plan implementer – engineering and technology students are in high demand for a variety of roles.
Technical authors can be found across a range of industries. Applying your problem solving and great written communication skills, technical authors design and create documents teaching people how to set-up and use products. This can be in the form of a video, instruction booklet or graphics.
Graduates from any engineering and technology background can get a job as a technical author. The only choice for you is what area you’d like to go into.
Work as a network engineer varies depending on the size of the company you work for. At a large company, you will more than likely be looking after a small part of a big system; but if you’re working somewhere smaller, you could be responsible for nearly all IT problems they face.
While most grads in this field are accepted into these kinds of positions, larger companies may be looking for graduates that are willing to study for additional qualifications.
Using a whole host of different measurement systems and measures, Quality Managers keep an eye on the quality of products and services that businesses supply. They also compare these measures against set standards to ensure everything is working well and efficiently.
A degree in engineering can be a huge asset for those of you looking at becoming quality managers as you’ll be more accustomed to the production process. It is helpful but not essential to become Chartered via the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI).
Drafting and Design Engineer
Engineering and technology roles aren’t all heavy labor. Becoming a drafting and design engineer allows you to use all of the skills that you’ve acquired at university to the early passes of a project. Putting pen to paper and creating accurate and detailed drawings are key for this role.
Or, for something a little different…
Why not look into becoming an Information Security Analyst with the government?
Public sectors are being more and more aware of the need to protect information stored digitally within their archives. With this increased awareness comes an influx of jobs opening up within the sector.