Thinking of fusing your passion for electronic engineering together with your future job prospects? If so, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a promising career path ahead of you. According to new research by Adzuna, those who graduate with a degree in electronic engineering are set to power ahead of competition and secure a job related to their course soon after graduation. As the study states, “electronics engineering graduates can choose from the highest number of job opportunities directly related to their course, with 15,101 job vacancies currently on offer linked to this qualification.”
As we delve deeper into the technological age, this number will continue to rise. That’s why it’s the ideal time to pursue your electronic enjoyment and connect your existing skillset to an engineering school. Typically, the fear of finding a job holds many potential applicants back from applying to university. But since the future looks so bright for many engineering graduates, this isn’t even a concern.
Various ground-breaking initiatives in engineering have featured in recent news. As the UK Government explains, “2018 will be the Year of Engineering.” This national campaign aims to widen the pool of young people who wish to join the profession and close the skills gap in the field. By understanding society’s growing needs for electronic engineering graduates, the government is already inspiring thousands of participants across the country.
The campaign has achieved approval from the Royal Academy of Engineering. With the support of the most talented and successful engineers in the UK, the movement is set to motivate students throughout the year. As Dr Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the RAE point outs, “the campaign is designed to reflect how young people feel and think about their futures. It’s true that engineering is essential to the future growth of the UK economy and underpins so much of our day to day lives. It can provide a unique opportunity for young people from all backgrounds to develop their passions into rewarding careers involving everything from sport, film, space, to music and fashion. It opens the door to careers that can shape the future – from developing the next smartphone to creating medical devices that will save lives.”
Yet, this is just one of many programmes that have invested money, time and effort into the engineering sector. Universities are also offering students a compelling curriculum to shape and fuel the talents of our current generation. As electronic engineering itself is a specialised and popular topic, you may find yourself working with revolutionary technological resources and digital devices. Since electronic engineering encourages you to develop, design and create, you may even end up responsible for producing world-renowned methods of innovation. Plus, with high rates of employability, there’s a very bright light at the end of the study tunnel for electronic engineering graduates.
Here are the top 3 Electronic Engineering Schools that spark student engagement…
Empowering students through the prestigious School of Electronic Engineering, Bangor University is bursting with talent. Situated in the oldest city in Wales and the longest-standing specialised school of its kind, this institution has a longstanding reputation for producing top-tier graduates. Recently, this was demonstrated in the National Student Survey (NSS 2017), in which Bangor was named one of the UK’s Top 10 universities for student satisfaction.
To help engineer the future, the school has strategically built a strong academic framework. Since the majority of its degrees have been accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, every course complies with a very strict level of academic quality. Plus, once you’ve graduated you gain automatic exemptions from some of the admissions requirements of the IET. Accredited MEng courses fully meet the education requirement for becoming a Chartered Engineer. The Electronic Engineering MEng undergraduate course, for example, prepares you to become a professional engineer and places you at the forefront of the high-technology industry with exclusive support from the institution.
As Electronic Engineering student, Louis Olive, visiting from ECE Paris explains, “I think that the school at Bangor promotes a better way to study, they let the students decide what they want to do in engineering and it’s based in an amazing campus!” Much like the principle of engineering, the school grants its students the freedom to create. Unlike other rigid university formats, here, courses are structured to support solution-focused thinking.
Student projects can be conducted with our world-leading researchers. Topics include optical communications, polymer electronics, new technologies for solar power and medical electronics.
Bangor University is always searching for new ways to broaden student knowledge and ensure that they’re ready for anything.
Ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018 as 4th in the UK and the top in Scotland, the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering has rightfully earned its place in the rankings. With a mission to help reduce the world’s carbon footprint by delivering clean and sustainable energy, while also aiming to revolutionise internet security, this is a community that’s ambitious and inspiring.
To tackle the urgent appeal for more engineers in the UK, Strathclyde’s interactive courses deliver a strong foundation in physics and maths, as well as the added extras of industry-led projects and creative development modules. One of its outreach activities is the Scottish Space School; a futuristic activity and dream trip for any electronic engineering student who wants to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Texas.
Another engaging initiative for Strathclyde’s students is the array of international projects and programmes on offer. In regard to the department’s industry partners, corporate collaboration grants students the incredible opportunity to study abroad and participate in joint education schemes. The Community Rural Electrification & Development (CRED) project is particularly useful for electronic engineering students as it teaches you to develop off-grid solar energy in Malawi.
This feeling of community support at Strathclyde is just one of the reasons why George Foster loves his course. “The best part is the facilities and support,” he says. “Since day one I’ve never felt like I was by myself, I’ve constantly had someone to help me if I struggled with the subject.”
Start your study path at Sheffield with the forward-thinking engineering faculty. Voted the number one university in the Russell Group collection for student experience, the faculty is attentive to its learner’s needs.
The Sheffield Industrial Projects Scheme (SHIPS) enhances employability, introducing second year undergraduate students to real-life industrial problem-solving. By exposing them to authentic engineering projects, Sheffield learners gain valuable experience of real-world issues and an understanding of true industrial constraints. This would be a superb asset to your CV and will greatly improve your chances of catching the employer’s eye.
Students here instantly fall in love with The Diamond building. Designed to house state-of-the-art engineering facilities, this is the biggest investment to have ever been made by the university thus far. The school hosts 19 specialist engineering laboratories offering practical and theoretical learning experiences for undergraduate students. When potential applicants visit, they’re always thrilled to know that many of the courses involve visits to the Diamond.
If you wish to further your studies in electronic engineering, you might be interested in pursuing Sheffield’s Postgraduate Research Programme. A key advantage of this initiative is that it’s internationally recognised for its research and academic excellence. When you join this group, you gain access to an international community of 750 graduates, giving you the chance to put your existing skillset to use in a rewarding technological engineering project.
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