Aerospace, automotive, energy, IT and telecommunications; a degree in electrical and electronic engineering prepares you for it all...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Aerospace engineer
- Broadcast engineer
- Control and instrumentation engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Electronics engineer
- IT consultant
- Network engineer
- Systems analyst
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Work experience is a perfect way of getting a hands-on, practical understanding of engineering systems and specialised industries. Some courses offer a year out in industry, providing further opportunities to broaden your skill set and establish a network of contacts. You may also want to look into setting one up yourself during the summer months. Check the careers sections of company websites for any work experience or advertised internships.
Scholarships for electrical engineering students, which include paid summer work placements, are available through the Power Academy.
Whether or not you decide to continue in the electrical or electronic field, a period spent gaining work experience or shadowing can help you make decisions about your future career.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Electronic and electrical engineers are employed in many industries, with the main areas being in electronics, IT, manufacturing, power, transport, construction and building services. Opportunities are also found in telecommunications, research and development, and petrochemicals.
Many global electronics organisations maintain research and development facilities within the UK and Europe. Engineers normally based in the UK can be posted overseas to work on projects, and willingness to travel is therefore important.
Skills for your CV
In the course of your degree, you develop subject-specific skills in areas such as designing and testing circuit building blocks, computer programming and computer-aided design. You also develop other core skills that are valued in many career areas including:
- the ability to use specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems;
- pragmatism and practicality to turn a concept into reality;
- effective communication (spoken and written);
- good teamworking;
- project and time management;
- a professional approach and ability to work to an ethical code of conduct.
Electrical and electronic engineers are highly employable in a wide range of areas beyond engineering such as IT, finance and management.
A possible course of action for some graduates is to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research. Courses include an MSc or PhD in areas such as internet engineering, nanotechnology, wireless and optical communications and telecommunications. A major source of funding for postgraduate studies in engineering is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
An EngD is essentially an industry-based PhD, combining Doctoral-level research with training in practical skills, and is intended for graduates who wish to progress to leading roles in industry.
Chartership (CEng) is also a possibility once you are working and have gained experience. For more details on becoming chartered, see the Engineering Council.
What do electrical and electronic engineering graduates do?
More than a fifth of graduates employed in the UK are working as electrical or electronics engineers. Just over 100 graduates are working as programmers and software development professionals.
Around 14% choose to undertake further study or combine work and further study, often to specialise in a particular field or to move into research.
|Working and studying||3.6|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||38.8|
|Retail, catering and bar work||7.1|
|Technicians and other professionals||6.4|
For a detailed breakdown of what electrical and electronic engineering graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.