Career opportunities for engineers are almost limitless and engineers can be found working in the public sector, in health, construction, defence, communications, education, finance and manufacturing. Engineers have a reputation as being articulate, numerate, problem solvers, who claim great job satisfaction, a good salary and a huge range of career possibilities. Salaries are typically significantly higher for engineering graduates than the average for all other graduates.

A rich curriculum enhanced by strong links with industry

A strong emphasis is placed on your personal and professional development with postgraduate degree programmes specially designed to develop academic, personal and professional skills that will prepare you for employment or further study. You will develop the essential skills valued by employers, such as problem-solving, teamwork, decision-making, communication, planning and organising, time management, presentation and leadership.

Our students directly benefit from the hundreds of links with industry we have established through collaborative research and consultation. Student projects are usually industrially driven and often directly involve a company. This provides an opportunity for you to undertake commercially important projects at the forefront of technology, gain invaluable experience and enhance your employability.

Dedicated careers advice

The Employability Office is active in developing aspects of our courses and services that improve the employability of our students. Relevant employers visit the College, holding mock interviews and helping you develop your career ideas at an early enough stage to inform your choice of modules and project decisions.

There is also a dedicated Careers Adviser who provides specific services such as careers workshops tailored to careers in Engineering and support in matters such as applications and job interview skills. The University's Careers and Employment Service will help you to write your CV and prepare for interviews.

Careers events and initiatives

The Careers and Employability Service run a total of four careers fairs throughout the year and these have been particularly successful in putting major UK employers in touch with Exeter students.

Exeter Award

Many students from the College take part in The Exeter Award and the Exeter Leaders Award. These schemes encourage students to participate in employability related workshops, skills events, volunteering and employment which will contribute to their career decision-making skills and success in the employment market.

Further information

You can find out about training opportunities, job vacancies, skills development sessions, careers fairs and much more on the University of Exeter's Employability website.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Exeter and have felt well supported throughout my studies. The staff in the engineering department are very approachable and are always willing to help and answer any questions.

My tutor put me in touch with a contact of his who helped me find an internship in bridge design with Jacobs, a leading civil engineering company. This placement was really enjoyable and it reinforced my desire to go on to work in engineering after my studies.

As I'm coming to the end of my MPhil studies, I'm looking to find a job in geotechnics, specifically within the minerals industry. Studying engineering at Exeter has given me a great insight into the wide range of possible careers that my qualifications can lead to, as well as equipping me with many of the key skills I will need to work in the industry.

Ian Mayhew
MPhil Civil Engineering