Originally posted by: NickyTeasdale
It is brand new and will be accredited. In the course guidelines it says it will be accredited by the IET but that may be changing to the IEEE. What's the difference? Are they both part of the Engineering Council?
Very simplistically, the IET is the UK body, the IEEE is the US body. Only the IET is linked to the EC.
I obviously want to graduate then gain a job so is one more recognised by employers? I understand most employers look for accredited degrees these days, so we're moving in the right direction.
Be very careful when anyone tells you that! Personally (and speaking as an employer within a major UK company) when someone applies to me for a job I neither know nor care whether their degree is accredited. Other companies may
be different, but it's not something I've ever heard discussed. Have a look at job adverts for engineers (I don't want to advertise particular websites but Google "engineering jobs" and you'll find several) and see what is being asked for.
Now, an accredited degree will help you achieve professional registration (CEng / IEng), but you can still achieve it without it, and again look at the job sites to find how much CEng / IEng is actually asked for in your field.
I think the most important thing about attending an accredited course is that it makes you
feel more confident in it. But the most important thing with any degree is that it's well taught, it covers relevant subjects, and that you find it interesting. If it meets those so that you come out genuinly understanding the subject then employers will like you.
What I would definitely look for are courses that include a strong emphasis on work placements, ideally a year out. That's what will get you a job!
Andy Millar CEng MIET CMgr MCMIhttp://www.linkedin.com/in/millarandy
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