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Postgraduate Mechanical Engineering

In today's competitive recruitment market, mechanical engineering graduates eager to succeed and climb the career ladder have to think carefully about the best way to improve their employment prospects and keep abreast of today's cutting-edge technology. One option is to embark on a postgraduate course in engineering.

The number of engineering graduates taking a second degree has been growing in recent years. Many do so because they want to improve their employment prospects. For others, it is a foundation for further learning, and an opportunity to specialise in a different subject area because of a late, newfound interest in a particular field. Although a second degree does not automatically guarantee future employment success, or a more prestigious and highly paid job, statistics do indicate that the employment prospects of students with postgraduate degrees are improved.

While some companies regard second degrees as irrelevant, preferring industrial experience to higher qualifications, many now stipulate a postgraduate degree as a prerequisite to moving up the responsibility ladder. This is driven in part by the increasingly global nature of the employment market, and the rapid pace of technological change. Today's employers are looking for more than just high academic achievers in their new recruits. They are seeking highly adaptable individuals who are equipped both with a deeper understanding of their chosen field and with the knowledge, skills and wherewithal to operate on a national and an international level. They are also seeking employees who demonstrate a willingness and commitment to skills updating and continual professional development. Some employers see postgraduate study as indicative of a student's commitment to ongoing professional development and learning new skills throughout their working life.

Studying Mechanical Engineering at postgraduate level is not an easy option. It involves a great deal of hard work and determination, but for those who decide to go down this route the opportunities and benefits are numerous. Apart from improved job prospects and gaining a competitive advantage in the job market, postgraduate study offers an opportunity to:

  • acquire a necessary qualification for a further career move;
  • gain deeper specialist knowledge in a chosen field;
  • develop completely new skills, and expand on others;
  • broaden horizons and depth of understanding;
  • gain a better understanding of companies in various engineering and geographical sectors;
  • do industrial or academic research and learn research methodology;
  • play a key role and make an impact on a company and one's own development.

About the IMechE
Founded in 1847, IMechE is the market leader in the field of mechanical engineering, manufacturing and allied technologies, and has approximately 83,000 members in 120 countries. Playing a vital role in the education, training and professional development of mechanical engineers, IMechE acts as an international centre for the development and transfer of mechanical engineering technology.

Membership of IMechE is recognised professionally throughout the world. Members and Fellows are recognised as 'Chartered Mechanical Engineers', and are given exemption from part or all of the professional registration examinations in many countries that have statutory requirements.

For further information about IMechE:
Tel: 020 7222 4557


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