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Abdul Savant

Becoming Chartered without a masters

Inspired by his parents who are both engineers, Abdul entered the engineering profession on an apprenticeship as a Signalling Design Engineer in the rail industry. He went on to build experience in the rail and construction industries, reaching his current position at Amey Consulting, and at the same time completing HNCs with sponsorship from his employers.

Dreaming of Chartership

As he progressed his career, Abdul was aware of the possibility of becoming professionally registered. “Becoming a Chartered Engineer was a dream for me,” he says. “But because I didn’t take the academic route of doing a degree and a master’s, I thought it was something I couldn’t achieve.”

Though he didn’t believe he had the qualifications for Chartership, Abdul certainly had the drive.

“There are two types of people in the working world,” he says. “One who just wants to do the normal nine to five job is happy to come into work and then head home. There are others, like myself, who want objectives and something to achieve, and want to gain recognition for going above and beyond their day to day tasks. Chartered Engineer offers that recognition.”

From Incorporated to Chartered

After joining the IET as a member, Abdul had a conversation with our professional registration department which completely changed his expectations. Staff told him that he’d need to demonstrate learning to master’s level or gain more experience to achieve Chartered Engineer, but he currently had the right experience to apply for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Abdul took the advice and, with support from an IET Professional Registration Advisor (PRA) who reviewed his application, achieved Incorporated Engineer.

 “The experience I gained in the workplace, with my Incorporated Engineer status, was a step up from what I’d been doing before,” Abdul says. “and that nicely took me on to becoming Chartered.”

After his first success, Abdul was so excited at the prospect of becoming Chartered that he completed his application form straight away and sent it over to his Professional Registration Advisor (PRA).

“The PRA came back and said it’s not up to the standard of a Chartered Engineer – and that’s when I realised that there’s a bit of work to be done here,” he says.

Abdul spent the following months focusing on his development, adding to his application, and refining it with the support of the PRA.

“My PRA gave me an understanding and appreciation of the work I’d done and how it applied to the UK-SPEC criteria,” Abdul says. “He gave me confidence. So when I went to the professional registration interview, I felt ready to demonstrate that I was at the right level.”

The perks of professional registration

In March 2019, Abdul achieved his dream of becoming a Chartered Engineer and in the few months since, he’s already seen the benefits.

“I’ve been approached by companies for roles and opportunities globally, which was quite overwhelming and a surprise,” he says.

“I actually enjoy what I do and where I am working right now. Where I’ve really seen the benefit is when I’m writing articles and publications for the supply chain and clients. Having that recognition, all those letters after my name gives me a boost and puts my company in a very good light.”

The experience that inspires others

Abdul’s achievement has inspired his colleagues and peers, including engineers who have a great deal of experience in engineering, but not master’s degrees.

 “One engineer I know, who’d mentored me, is an Incorporated Engineer with years and years of experience,” Abdul says. “He approached me and asked if Chartership was something he could pursue, and I said why not – you’ve mentored me, if I can get it, you can definitely get it. So I sat with him, went through the application form and he did the application within two or three weeks.”

Abdul is keen to see more engineers, who have not taken the academic route, come forward and gain the recognition they deserve.

“The experience you hold from an apprenticeship and years of on-the-job learning is just as valuable as having a master’s,” he says. “If you meet the UK SPEC criteria for your registration category, there’s nothing stopping you becoming professionally registered.”

More information on professional registration is available.