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Graduate engineering positions – What is the real truth?

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Much has been said and written recently about graduate engineering positions. While some stories highlighted the lack of jobs within the sector, others hint at more optimism. So, which perception is more accurate? What kind of shape is the graduate engineering sector in?

According to a recent survey of more than 1,300 Brits by reed.co.uk, nearly 44% of engineering students said they would choose a different course altogether.... if they could go back in time.

The study, from Birmingham University, could explain this relative disenchantment. According to the figures, in 2009 less than half of engineering graduates were working in the industry six months after graduating. This – according to the report - forced recent graduate engineers to struggle so much that many of them were forced to work in non-graduate positions that are not related to their field.

However, some news was published recently contradicting these trends. Particularly, the latest Manpower Employment Outlook Survey which revealed that both the utilities and engineering sectors are significantly stronger in terms of employment than all other sectors.

On top of this, the co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, Dan Hawes, said recently that the UK is facing a shortage of graduates studying subjects like science, technology, engineering and maths.

So, is there a lack of graduate engineers or a lack of engineering jobs out there? Whatever the truth is, it does not alter the fact that we engineering graduates should continue looking for work.

These are some of the engineering and graduate position that the Guardian Graduates section published recently:

• The Royal Academy of Engineering - Assistant manager for research programmes
• Imperial College London - Corporate partnerships associate for engineering
• Recruitmentrevolution.com - Electrical engineer role
• Step - Graduate project engineer
• City University London - Lecturer in electrical power systems
• Online Resourcing at 8 -Graduate project engineer
• Give-a-grad-a-go - Performance analyst
• FreshMinds - Mechanical design engineer role

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