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Graduate Advantage FAQs

Answers to common queries with regards to Graduate Advantage membership.

What is Graduate Advantage?

How much does Graduate Advantage cost?

Am I able to have a rate reduction on the Graduate Advantage fee in special circumstances such as being unemployed?

What benefits does Graduate Advantage offer me?

Who is eligible for Graduate Advantage?

I'm a new member, how do I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

I am an existing Student Member; can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

I am not a member of the IET can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

Does it matter if I am a mature student?

Can I still join Graduate Advantage even if I live or study outside of  the UK?

I’m not yet in my final year of studying, can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

I am going to continue my studies after I finish my current course, should I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

I am continuing my studies full-time, what are my options?

What is Career Advantage?

 

What is Graduate Advantage?

Graduate Advantage is a membership package to help engineering and technology students during the transition from university to employment and for upgrading their membership from Student to Member MIET (relevant course and qualifications required).

The main benefits of Graduate Advantage are that it helps students, preparing for the days after graduation to continue to gain access to all the resources of the IET. In addition it offers assistance and guidance on settling into your first professional role, applying for jobs and moving up to full MIET status (subject to meeting the member criteria) allowing you to use the MIET letters after your name - all at a significantly reduced rate at a time when we know you are most likely to be struggling for money.

How much does Graduate Advantage cost?

Current IET Student Members within their final year of study will be auto-enrolled into IET Graduate Advantage 9 months prior to your course end date and your next membership renewal will automatically be offered to you at £20 for the year after graduation. Eligible new members can also sign up for IET membership on the Graduate Advantage package for £20 as long as they are in their final year of study or a graduate within 12 months of their course end date.

Am I able to have a rate reduction on the Graduate Advantage fee in special circumstances such as being unemployed?

Graduate Advantage already offers membership at a greatly reduced rate, less than the current Low Income subscription rate and therefore no further discounts can be applied to this rate.

What benefits does Graduate Advantage offer me?

Once you are entered on to the Graduate Advantage membership package, you will receive a welcome pack which contains: Letter welcoming you to the IET and presentation folder containing your Graduate Advantage and IET Advantage brochures giving more detail about the programme with checklists on how best to use your membership. If you have registered an email address with us, you'll also receive our Graduate Advantage tailored email communications, which provide in depth advice about finishing your studies, finding employment and settling into your first professional role. An current student member will also receive a certifying letter confirming their student membership of the IET.

When you have finished your degree and upgraded your membership to MIET (subject to assessment) you will receive a transfer pack containing an MIET certificate, employer awareness pack, details of the Young Professional Buddy scheme and the next steps.

Who is eligible for Graduate Advantage?

Students on engineering or technology degrees within their final year of study and graduates within 1 year of graduation.

I'm a new member, how do I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

For final year students go to the Join IET Advantage web page and download both the Student Application form and Payment form.  Be sure to tick the Graduate Advantage box on the form and then post it, with your completed Member Payment form, to Membership Processing Team, The IET, Michael Faraday House, Stevenage, Herts, SG1 2AY, UK.

For graduates in their 1st year after Course End Date, go to the Join IET Advantage web page and use the 'Join the IET' button to link to the online option for application. There is a Membership Wizard available to help you choose the correct membership level (this takes you through to online joining but after completing the wizard it will show a membership fees table which has no reference to Advantage, or Signature). 

I am an existing Student Member; can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

Student members will now automatically be offered Graduate Advantage at their 1st renewal after Course End Date – the fee will be a reduced rate of £20 for the Graduate Advantage year.

I am not a member of the IET; can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

Yes, as long as you are within the first year of graduation or in your final year of university. See 'Who is eligible for Graduate Advantage' and ‘I’m a new member; how do I sign up for Graduate Advantage’ above.

Does it matter if I am a mature student?

Members can still be part of the IET Advantage programme if they are mature students.  The only restriction is that they must either be in their final year of study or studying within the first six years from graduating from an engineering or technology degree course.

Can I still join Graduate Advantage even if I live or study outside of  the UK?

Graduate Advantage is available to students and graduates of engineering and technology related degrees across the world.  For applicants from India, there is a tailored version of Graduate Advantage - details are available on the India website. For applicants from China (not including Hong Kong), payment needs to be paid through PayPal or with a credit card; with payment being made in US Dollars. Applications from all other parts of the world are processed through the UK.

I’m not yet in my final year of studying, can I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

No, but you can join the IET as a student member to take advantage of the products and services the IET has to offer, and then when you reach your final year you will automatically be placed on the Graduate Advantage package 9 months before your course end date. To sign up for student membership please go to the Join IET Advantage web page and join online or download the Student application form.

I am going to continue my studies after I finish my current course, should I sign up to Graduate Advantage?

If you are going to continue your studies by doing a post graduate course you need to decide whether Graduate Advantage is right for you. If you are going to be studying full-time you may decide to stay or join as a student member and then sign up to Graduate Advantage later, once you are in your final year of your post graduate course. If you are going to be a part-time post graduate student then you will not be eligible to continue as a student member and should sign up to Graduate Advantage.

I am continuing my studies full-time, what are my options?

If you have decided to continue your studies, and will be studying full-time you have 2 options.

  1. You can become a student member of the IET and pay the student membership rate which is currently £20 per year or £50 for duration of course. You will not receive the benefits of the Graduate Advantage Package and you will not be entitled to use any designatory letters after your name.
  2. You can join Graduate Advantage and apply for MIET (subject to assessment). You will receive all the benefits of the Graduate Advantage package for only £20 a year during the qualifying period after your graduation date. You may also be eligible for MIET which would mean you could use the letters MIET after your name. The requirements for MIET can be found at the Requirements for TMIET and MIET page.

What is Career Advantage?

Career Advantage is the next step in the Advantage package. It offer membership at £60 per year up to a maximum of 3 years. For more information please go to the Career Advantage homepage.

 

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