Originally posted by: Spency205
I have read with interest all the posts in this subject as i am looking for a career change into the electrical field.
I have no electrical background other than interest, although i am a technically minded person, have a radio amatuers licence etc so am familiar with electrics and electronics to a certain extent. I would like to break into the offshore or renewables industry, possibly as an electrical technician, but would do whatever job was necessary to get a start.
Distance learning isn't a problem for me, i had to do professional exams in my current job so am well used to it!
I am 31 years old, married and a young family so the apprenticeship route isn't really an option for me, i just coudn't take the pay cut required to do it. I am considering the HNC electrical route as mentioned in this forum. Has anyone on here got offshore experience and if so, is it possible for me to get an electrical position offshore with the HNC electrical ? Obviously i would have to do all the RGIT survival etc also. Any advice would be much appreciated.
Very difficult without some experience to back up the qualifications, especially in the current economic climate. You may not like electrical engineering at all and then you would be really up the creek. With a young family I think you need to be realistic.....you mention taking a pay cut which suggests you have a reasonable wage to consider. I suggest two considerations for you:
1. Compromise and change to something that compliments your current experience/qualifications, whatever they are, so you do not waste what you have done to date and can maintain a reasonable job/conditions. If you need to study for that then of course do so.
2. Study something else as you want but try to choose something where you can start on an acceptable wage and/or build up some experience whilst maintaining your current job.
It will cost you a lot of money and time to do your HNC, and will be a lot harder because you have family commitments which require your finances and time, so choose something you are more certain you will like.....because you will need the motivation when the studies get tough. And remember your competition for entry level jobs will be lots of young graduates with degrees.....in the areas where you have some experience then you are better placed than they are but in the areas where you have no experience their degree will be worth a whole lot more than your HNC.....in most cases.
Best of luck.
10 November 2009 at
06:46 PM by