Answers to common queries regarding Career Advantage.
Career Advantage is the IET's membership package for early career engineers between 1 and 4 years from graduation, offering a discounted membership fee of only £60 per year up to a maximum of 3 years instead of our standard rate of £133 (for 2013). Career Advantage is the second step of our IET Advantage programme and follows on from our IET Graduate Advantage package which was introduced in 2011. For more information on Graduate Advantage please visit About IET Advantage.
The key benefit of Career Advantage is that it is designed, as the name would suggest, to help you on your way in your career. If you are working towards professional registration (CEng or IEng) we will provide you with a plan of suggested goals to guide you towards registration. Throughout the Career Advantage membership period the IET will be supporting your career and keeping you up-to-date with events, knowledge and communities, which will be important to keep you up-to-date in your engineering career.
Yes, being on Graduate Advantage is not a prerequisite for joining Career Advantage. As long as you meet the eligibility criteria for Career Advantage you will be able to take advantage of this package.
Career Advantage is for people who graduated between 1 and 4 years. The number of years Career Advantage discount you receive depends on when you sign up. If you sign up in your second year after graduation you will receive 3 years at £60. If you join in your third year after graduation you will receive 2 years at £60 and if you sign up in your fourth year after graduation you will receive 1 year at £60.
Go to the Join IET Advantage page and download the Career Advantage application form and then post it, with payment, to the Membership Processing Team, The IET, Michael Faraday House, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AY, UK.
Yes, as long as you graduated between 1 and 4 years ago you can join as a new member and sign straight onto Career Advantage. To join the IET and sign up to Career Advantage, please complete and return the Career Advantage application form which can be downloaded from the Join IET Advantage page.
It depends when you graduated. Anyone who graduated in 2011 will automatically be signed up to Career Advantage within the next few months. If you graduated before this date we will invite you to sign up to Career Advantage within the next few months. If you do not want to wait and want to sign up to Career Advantage now you can do so by completing the Career Advantage application form which can be downloaded from the Join IET Advantage page.
It depends on your renewal date. The Career Advantage scheme came into effect in 2012. If you have paid your renewal at the full standard membership rate within the last 3 months you may be eligible for a refund. Please call the member and customer service centre on 01438 765678 to learn more.
No, Career Advantage is open to Associates and MIET's, however the package and communications are more suitable to those at MIET level and we would be expecting you to seriously be considering transfer to this Membership category, so if you have not already done so, you should apply for a transfer of membership (subject to assessment). To transfer your membership, please go to the Transfer or upgrade your membership page.
If you have decided to continue your studies, and will be studying full-time you have 2 options.
As a part-time post graduate student you are not eligible for student membership, however as long as you graduated within the last three years you will be eligible for Career Advantage.
If you sign up to Career Advantage in your 4th year after graduation you will be entitled to one final year of membership at £60, plus you will receive all the other benefits of Career Advantage. If you are MIET, you will also automatically be signed up to Professional Advantage at the end of the final Career Advantage year.
A new package still in development, however we can confirm that a discount will be included to reduce the standard membership rate of £133 (for 2013) to just £90 per year for 2 years. Only Members with MIET are eligible to transition to Professional Advantage.
The details of Professional advantage are still being finalised and it is expected to launch July 2013.