IET career support

How the IET can support you in your early career.

Apprentice portrait The IET is here to guide and keep our members one step ahead in this fast-paced profession. If you're serious about your career you'll want to take advantage of our services; enhancing your potential and giving you a major advantage in the job market.

Becoming an IET member is your first step towards getting ahead and boosting your career, so if you haven't already, join the IET now! If you have graduated within the last five years you may be eligible for IET Advantage - our membership programme for early career engineers with the ambition and drive to achieve more. IET Advantage offers exceptional value and delivers tailored support, expert guidance, essential engineering intelligence and knowledge throughout the crucial stages of your early career as you work towards professional registration.

Job opportunities

Being an IET member is an investment in your future as we can provide opportunities for you to pursue your career with one of our 1,700 business partners that include Siemens, BAE Systems and Orange.

We also offer Engineering & Technology Jobs, a job board where you can search for your next engineering role from top recruiters in your sector. You can also post your CV and be found by recruiters and set-up regular job alerts that have the latest vacancies sent directly to your inbox.

Magazines

IET members get sent our flagship Engineering & Technology magazine [new window], with each issue packed full of features, news, job adverts and advice, so a real help to those starting out in the industry.

Lifeskills and professional development workshops

Lifeskills and professional development workshops are short and interactive workshops on a range of key skills to help you get ahead in your professional life. They are ideal for young professionals helping to widen their skill set, and cover topics such as presenting, technical report writing, project management, professional registration and ethics for engineers.

Career Manager

Career Manager is a tool from the IET that allows members to register information relating to their personal development planning (PDP) and detail CV information as well as objectives and actions. It can also be used to assess against UK specific competence and other frameworks, helping you prepare for professional registration. It’s the go-to tool for structuring and planning your professional development!

The IET Graduate Advantage

The IET Graduate Advantage membership package provides you with all the benefits of full membership of the IET at just £20 for one year following your graduation, allowing you to build essential knowledge, providing study tips, CV advice, and professional mentoring,enabling you to build the career you've always wanted. It provides a range of products and services tailored specifically towards helping you find that all important first job and build your competencies after you do.

Get an IET mentor

A "by members for members" service, you can apply for an IET mentor to support you with your career and professional development at any time. A free service, the IET helps members to find a trained mentor outside their immediate workplace to help identify professional development opportunities and encourage their pursuit.

Professional registration

Professional registration is an important milestone for any engineer or technologist. It establishes their proven knowledge, understanding and competence. In particular, registration shows your peers and employers that you have demonstrated a commitment to professional standards, and to developing and enhancing competence.

The IET provides support for those applying to become professionally registered through mentors and workshops amongst others. Be sure to take advantage of what we have on offer.

Online communities and Technical and Professional networks (TPN)

There are so many different disciplines within engineering and technology that sometimes it's hard to find experts in your field. Not anymore!

Each TPN is an online community [new window] of people studying or working around the work in that particular field. There are 35 in total, with no limit as to how many you can join, and in every network you can find the latest news for that area, forums where you can interact, and details of events, courses and seminars. They provide a great opportunity to network, which in turn could lead to some new job opportunities.

Local Networks

You can also look up local networks in your region and attend workshops, technical visits, network and social events. Again, another great way to network with professionals in your region…

MyCommunity

Be sure to also sign up and make the most of MyCommunity: the IET's professional network and collaboration platform, enabling you to connect, interact and exchange knowledge with your peers online.

The Library and Archives

As a member you'll have access to over 70,000 books and journals in the IET’s Library and Archives. Based in London, you can visit in person, but also order books on loan via the Internet or telephone, and it doesn't matter where you are in the world; we'll post them out to you!

Stocked with company directories such as Kompass and daily broadsheets, the library has many books and magazines to help you get your career and job search back on track. Plus if you pop by, the IET library reading room is Wi-Fi enabled and gives members access to PCs so you can continue your research then and there.

IET.tv

Ever wanted an Internet TV station dedicated to science, engineering and technology programmes? Divided into searchable channels, you can watch, interact and contribute to live or archived broadcasts streamed across the web. Check out IET.tv [new window] now.