Joined: 02 January 2013
Good night everyone,
I come to you in search of some help and advice. I am an electrical engineer, I finished my degree in Spain over a year ago now and moved over to England with my wife. Since then I have been trying to improve my English and for a couple of months now I have been also looking for a job. I have applied for quite a lot offers now but I'm getting no answers back whatsoever. I have no true work experience but did work with a company for the degree's practicum for ten months, still no UK experience yet.
My questions are:
Will I need to register with a proffesional body in the UK to be able to work as an engineer?
Will I need to convalidate my degree to be able to work here? If so, is it done through Naric or which organization?
Would you please recommend me an effective way to search for a job? Even if it is a simple job like an assistant, I don't mind as long as I can start gaining experience.
And regarding the last question, do you think I could be elegible for an apprenticeship or that is just for newly qualified engineers?
I've got my CV translated to English but I'm afraid it has not been too helpful up til now, any advice on how to do my CV for it to be more attractive?
Any of the information you could give me would be truly appreciated, thank you very much in advance for your help.
Joined: 16 May 2012
I transmit you the counsel I heard to an experienced English electrical engineer. Regarding holders of a foreign university degree, he recommended to become member of a recognised professional national association/institution, as it is the IET.
The reason is that the variety of technical degrees from different countries is wide and foreign degrees can create doubts in their interpretation, even if your degree is Ingeniero Superior (5 years Masters + final year project) by an Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros of Spain.
However, it is supposed that a professional that has obtained the "aknowledgement" of the IET after presenting the required credentials and documentation, is already "validated".
I'm afraid I cannot help you with the other questions.
Joined: 03 November 2012
With regards to finding a job, I am in a similar kind of conundrum, I have been a graduate for over a year now, but still no success in finding an engineering role.
I had interviews in the past, and I have a couple of interviews lined up, so I am hoping something will come out of either of them. Therefore I will tell you the things I have been doing, to get interviews
Ideally, as a fresh graduate , you should aim at graduate level jobs, i.e graduate schemes, they usually require no previous engineering work experience, try graduate websites i.e gradcracker. I do not advise recruitment agencies as I found them utterly useless for graduates with no experience, but you can try them you might have better luck than mine.
For graduate schemes, passing a numerical and/or a logical reasoning tests are usually a requirement before being invited for an interview, so work on improving these skills.
Ideally, Your CV should be a reflection of the job description, do not belittle non-engineering experience you had in the past, employers look at these to find out about your personality.
With regards to the validity of your Spanish degree in the UK, I advise you to contact the IET or the Engineering Council for information.
I wish you all the best in your job-hunt