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Topic Title: Applying for Registration when about to take a Career Break
Topic Summary: Advice welcomed
Created On: 15 August 2013 03:12 PM
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 15 August 2013 03:12 PM
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Hello there,

I have 6 years industrial experience and have been researching into the application process. One really helpful facility on the IET website was the webinar on registration and videos of example interviews, and the focus on the Development Action Plan, and what your aspirations are over the next year and 5 year periods

I have recently been collecting and updating my competenacy record for CEng chatership and had my IET mentor review it and sign off on it. I have taken the decision to take voluntary redundancy and take a career break and to explore the world. I plan on trying to do some volunteer work on route, but before leaving I would like achieve chartership, but I'm worried about how my travel plans over the next year would look in the application and interview, as I'd be voluntarily be leaving an engineering position. Whilst travelling I will be looking at job opportunites in various countries as I have no ties in the UK, and truly believe being chatered will help employability if I decide to relocate.

So should I;

Go through the process of applying with my body of evidence, within the next few months and try to get Chatered.


Update as much of my records as possible, go travelling and pick this process up when I'm back in employment within engineering?

Any feedback would be great, particularly those readers who are on interview panels and what you think of my position, feel free to give me a reality check.

Thanks for reading

 23 August 2013 11:39 AM
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As no one else has picked up your question -

My answer would be that if you want something to add to your CV and you are looking for work , then delay doesn't seem sensible, but if you are not ready now, then you will not achieve.

Although we have an obligation to assess your commitment to on-going development a short break in career shouldn't be a significant factor.

It is unwise to assume that following a break your career will continue in the same direction and since the A&B competence requirements for CEng are demanding, your opportunity may pass if these technical competences begin to atrophy.

Travelling may make you a more rounded person or even a better manager, but it is not likely to develop your specialist expertise which will may stall or even go backwards depending on the speed of progress in your field.

Even in more enlightened times those people who have career breaks, often find that it hampers their prospects for promotion, many corporate careers are something of a relentless treadmill which the ambitious dare not step off.

Roy Bowdler IEng FIET FCIPD
IET Registration & Standards

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