If you are thinking about changing careers, one growing sector that you might want to look into is electrical engineering.
Not only are there numerous courses available to help you grow within the profession, but there are plenty of opportunities to branch out into different specialisms too.
One big reason to choose electrical engineering is that there is a great deal of job security within the field. It's estimated that there will be around 900,000 job openings in the electrical engineering industry over the next three years, and this is not even accounting for any growth within the field.
If job security is an issue, there is no need to worry because practical engineering skills that are learned from a 17th Edition course are always going to be in high demand.
In addition, electrical engineering pays well once students finish their electrical training. On average, a fully qualified electrician can expect to earn a starting wage of about £50,000. This number will increase with additional skills and the completion of part p courses taken to supplement their education.
The best way to get your foot into the door as an electrical engineer is to take the City & Guilds 2357 level 3. This will help offer guidance on the NVQ qualification that you will need to progress. From here, taking further tests such as any of the NICEIC part p courses will help to gain additional qualification for domestic electrical projects.
Those who are re-training as electrical engineers often choose to take several electrical courses at a time. This enables them to gain a job as apprentice, which will allow them to continue their education while working within their chosen field. If employers appreciate your skills and work ethic, they may offer to help supplement the costs of your electrical training courses which will make the entire education process more cost efficient for you.
Support and Progression
The Government also offers various training schemes that are open to those who are considering changing their career because they have not been able to find a job and have been forced to collect benefits. If you are in this position then the local Job Centre Plus office may be able to help match you will the right electrical training that you need to further your education as an electrical engineer.
In addition, many universities have career advisory centres that you can visit for more information about how to change careers. You do not have to be a new graduate to take advantage of these services and many alumni return to advisory centres in order to enquire about how they can pursue a new career within a new field.
It's never too late to re-train. So if you are looking for a fresh start and a new challenge with scope for growth, then this might well be the career path for you.