If you have just entered the engineering field as an electrical engineer you might be wondering how you can further develop your career. Of course, you do not want to pursue electrical training that is not going to help you, so it is important that you know the best way to move forward.
In many cases, just completing your NICEIC Part P course is enough. However, if you want to further your career you might find that additional education is in your best interest. For example, if you want to become a chartered engineer, which can earn you an additional £10,000 or more per year, then you might consider pursuing a master's degree or an additional postgraduate level qualification.
It also might be useful to consider additional training in order to become an incorporated engineer. This option will earn you more than an entry level position and only requires a BEng qualification, foundation degree, or HND. In some cases, taking just a few more courses may be all you need to qualify for a higher position as an incorporated engineer.
If you are considering one of the above options, you should speak with your supervisor or employer about your career development options. If you stand out as a shining member of the electrical engineer team, the company may be willing to offer you sponsorship for the required courses or for a full time master's degree. In either case, it is worth it to find out what they will offer you before you put any of your own money into funding your course.
In order to complete professional registration for an incorporated engineering status or chartered status (in some cases) it is necessary to demonstrate complete competencies. Therefore, it may take as much as four to six years following graduation in order to gain enough experience.
There is no set pathway that electrical engineers take as they further their training and continue to develop their careers. It is usually a matter of the area that they choose to specialise in and their own personal preference. Some electrical engineers choose to work directly in engineering or in research and design departments.
Other electrical engineers prefer to branch out and tackle areas that allow them to take on a management role, enter project management, become a consultant, or tackle an academic career. In most cases contracting firms will require their graduates to be mobile and hold a high degree.
In order to continue to advance in your chosen field, professional status as an electrical engineer should be maintained. Membership into the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) will help you to successful develop your career. It will also help you to stay up-to-date with modern technologies and make contacts within the field. Networking is extremely important if you want to progress as an electrical engineer and can later make it possible to transition into a career as consultant.