“I definitely benefitted from engaging with a PRA,” he continues. “Applying for Professional Registration isn’t like writing a CV or describing your work history; you need to clarify how your work aligns with the UK-SPEC. Using the IET’s Career Manager system was great, as I felt I was able to chip away at it anywhere I had an Internet connection. I didn’t have to drag around a paper application.”
The benefits of Professional Registration
David says Professional Registration has definitely benefitted his career, but not so much because of the letters after his name. He feels he gained the most from the journey itself.
“The requirements to achieve each level of registration compelled me to push myself further. By developing myself – through education and workplace opportunities – I’ve made myself a more attractive employee. Since starting the Professional Registration journey I’ve gone from a hands-on technician job where I was told a PhD was a pipe dream, to a role where I run several research projects and supporting my PhD is an obvious investment for my employer,” he enthuses.
Constantly move forward
David always has his next goal in mind and is currently working toward Fellowship and completing his PhD. “Career success is about always moving forward. As long as I’m progressing towards a goal I’m succeeding,” he says.
He’s keen to help others too and is currently mentoring several early-career engineers. “I think as a person and an engineer you need to develop others. You should help them surpass you; you don’t pull the ladder up after you.”
The first thing he advises mentees is to become a member of a professional institution and then look at EngTech, IEng or CEng depending on where they are in their career. “This is because the benefits I’ve had from the point of beginning my Professional Registration journey have been immense,” he concludes.
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