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Discover the top ten career hacks

Ten career hacks to get you on track and to get ahead...

Join the IET
Improve your presentation skills
Get a mentor
Lead a team
Do a course
Volunteer
Get noticed
Network
Learn something new every day
Get letters after your name

Join the IET

Join our world-leading professional engineering institution, which serves a global community of engineers and technicians.

As a member, you can access resources to expand your networks and develop your technical and professional skills. We also provide you with a route to gaining an internationally recognised professional status, such as Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer, Engineering Technician or ICT Technician.

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Improve your presentation skills


Focus on improving your professional skills – such as giving presentations- and you can get closer to that next promotion or achieving professional status. Why not browse our guidance or book on to our ‘Back to basics with presenting’ workshop? Then you can start putting some of our tips and techniques into practice!

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Get a mentor

There’s nothing quite like getting support and information from another professional in your industry! We run a mentoring service especially for members who are interested in achieving professional status, such as Chartered Engineer, Engineering Technician and so on.

You are paired with a member who has already been there and done it, so they can give you insight into the professional registration application process. They can also advise you on developing the required skills and experiences, and assess your readiness for application.

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Lead a team

Supervising others or taking responsibility for their work are experiences that count when applying for professional status or moving into a more senior role. Take a look at our ‘Leading and developing successful teams’ workshop. We also provide more in-depth courses and guidance on interpersonal skills.

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Do a course

Courses are great for expanding your skillset. They can lead to new responsibilities, career progression and achieving professional status. We run free Lifeskills (or soft-skills) workshops across the UK for our Local Networks of engineers and technicians. The courses, including ‘Networking for success’ and ‘Introduction to management’ are open to members and non-members. Why not take a look at the training that is coming up?

Alternatively, we offer more in-depth professional development courses. ‘Preparing for professional registration’ is particularly useful if you are interested in gaining a professional status, such as Chartered Engineer.

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Volunteer

Volunteering can renew your enthusiasm for engineering and help you to develop new skills – both essential for career progression.

With the IET, you could give young people their first taste of engineering by supporting our engineering competitions in schools. Alternatively, you bring engineering events to your local community or contribute to thought leadership in your sector. Discover volunteering opportunities which get you out and about, talking about what you love. 

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Get noticed

If you want to see new career opportunities coming your way, you need to raise your professional profile.

Through volunteering with the IET, you can network with some of our 167,000 plus members. You will also have the opportunity to show your peers and employer what you can do – whether you are running an event for us, chairing a meeting or representing us in the media. Take a look at volunteering roles that will boost your skills and increase your visibility in the engineering community.

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Network

Networking enables you to collaborate and learn from other professionals, and scout out new jobs or development opportunities. A simple way to connect with other people in your profession is to join an IET community.

You can join a Local Network near where you work or live, or a Technical and Professional Network focused on your interests and expertise. Alternatively, get on to our social networking platform Engineering Communities.

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Learn something new every day

Make time for activities that contribute to your professional development – whether it’s reading up on industry news or taking a training course.

You can then log your activities on our online tool Career Manager, so that you have an evolving record of skills and experience. This way you have evidence for performance reviews, job applications and applying for professional status.

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Get letters after your name

Gaining a professional status, such as Chartered Engineer (CEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) is a worthwhile achievement!

With designatory letters to your name, you show employers, clients and colleagues that you have reached an internationally recognised standard of experience, skill and commitment in engineering. A professional status could open doors to new networks, job opportunities and greater earning potential.

Start your journey towards professional registration now.

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