We spoke to a range of employers at our Meet the Employers: Engineering event to find out what skills and experiences they look for in a graduate and some top tips for getting a career in this sector.
Where can students look for jobs in the Engineering sector?
Army – We advertise all of our roles on own website, graduates can apply to enter the army at officer level. We are really looking for the leaders of the future for applicants to these particular roles.
Joovuu – If you are thinking of starting your own company contact business incubators in Manchester such as Innospace at Manchester Met to help you get your idea off the ground. Innospace run a two day business boot camp event that offers support to budding entrepreneurs with advice from industry experts and practical guidance on getting started.
Sellafield – We recommend looking for jobs on graduate jobsites such as Gradcracker and Target Jobs, and for those looking for a year in industry RateMyPlacement or Cogent Skills. Following employers of interest on social media such as Twitter or LinkedIn can help students to keep up-to-date with company news and job openings.
Unilever – We run all recruitment through our own website, all information about or placement and graduate opportunities can be found in one place. We also advertise on Target Jobs and Milkround, we start advertising our opportunities early (before Christmas) so check our website early in the academic year.
What can students do now to prepare themselves for a career with your company and the wider sector?
JN Bentley – Students can prepare themselves by doing something to differentiate themselves from other people. All students at university can talk about their degree but by taking part in extracurricular activities, volunteering or having a part-time job students can develop skills external to their degree and this can help them to stand out from the crowd.
Army – Do something to develop your leadership, management and communication skills, take part in charity work, the Duke of Edinburgh Award or join the debating society. Take the lead in something!
Joovuu – For students wanting to start up their own business I recommend researching business accelerators to gain work experience, they will eagerly snap you up! Key ones for Manchester are Entrepreneurial Spark and Rise Café.
Sellafield – Students that are looking for both placements and graduate opportunities should have a strong academic focus achieving at least a 2:1 in their studies. It is a great bonus for students to have practical hands-on experience in the field they are looking to work in too. Students can also become members of a professional body related to their chosen sector, this shows a level of focus and dedication to their chosen career path. It is also possible to study for qualifications through some professional bodies, which can help with your professional development even after university.
Unilever – We run all recruitment through our own website, all information about or placement and graduate opportunities can be found in one place. We also advertise on TargetJobs and Milkround, we start advertising our opportunities early (before Christmas) so check our website early in the academic year.
Would you prefer students to have work experience that is relevant to the role they are applying for?
JN Bentley – Having relevant experience helps applicants stand out, however we also look for students to have enthusiasm towards the role they are applying to.
Army – We look for applicants who have done something in addition to their degree, getting involved in extracurricular activities such as societies, volunteering and having a part-time job is a great way for students to build up their skillset and standout from the crowd.
Joovuu – Experience offsets grades, if you can demonstrate you have hands-on experience as well as theoretical knowledge of a subject you will stand out as an applicant. A degree is a gateway, but relevant experience helps to form your career path.
Sellafield – We look for applicants to have something else on their CV other than their degree, it is great to have some directly related experience but in the main we look for students who have completed something extra on top of their degree.
Unilever – Get involved with activities outside of your degree! We look for applicants that don’t necessarily need to have relevant experience, but have shown that they have additional experience beyond their academic studies.
Find out more about the employers:
JN Bentley – JN Bentley is a leading civil engineering and construction company, delivering design-and-build projects with clients in the water sector and beyond, right across the UK.
Army – National defence and security with leadership, management and development roles in electronic, mechanical, computer and combat engineering
Joovuu – JooVuu X is radically changing the dash camera market.By combining high quality videos with real-time video analytics, AI, and smart features, we are providing a wealth of data for the user allowing them to reduce their insurance costs as well as helping them become better and safer drivers.
Sellafield – Sellafield Ltd is the company responsible for safely delivering decommissioning of the UK’s nuclear legacy as well as fuel recycling and the management of low, high and intermediate level nuclear waste activities on behalf of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Unilever – With more than 400 brands bought in 190 countries, we have a unique opportunity to work with consumers to make sustainable living commonplace.
How can your Careers and Employability Service help you to prepare?
- Read our Science and Engineering career guides
- Take part in the Futures Skills Award
- Attend our Careers and Employability workshops
- Learn more about finding valuable work experience and volunteering opportunities on our website
- Book an appointment to speak to a Careers Consultant linked to the Faculty of Science and Engineering