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How to advance your engineering career

  • Publish Date: Posted almost 4 years ago

​If you are looking to advance your career in engineering, there are many things you can do to gain the edge you need in a highly competitive industry. Here are a few things to consider if you feel you’re ready to take that next step in your engineering career.

Set yourself some career goals

It’s important that you have a clear picture of where you want to go. Set yourself some goals based on your ambitions and give yourself realistic deadlines. Whether you want to learn a completely new skill, take a step up into a more senior role, or maybe start your own business, only you can decide.

Work on your soft skills

It’s not just about the qualifications you possess, there are many other skills that are extremely valuable in the engineering industry. For example, teamwork, problem solving, and communication are all extremely important to employers. A combination of qualifications and these soft skills are sure to put you in the running for many positions.

Keep on learning

With the constant changes surrounding technology in the engineering industry, every engineer whether they are looking to progress or not, needs to be open to learning new things. Why not look at some online webinars, complete a training course or simply read about the latest research in the industry to keep up with new trends.


It’s important to connect with other engineering professionals and networking is a great way to discover new opportunities that you may otherwise never have known about. Start conversations with like-minded engineers in your field, keep in touch with former colleagues and keep a look out for networking events to attend. Just remember that networking works both ways, and you only get out of it what you put in.

Ask for opportunities

Don’t be afraid to ask for new opportunities in your current place of work. If you make your employer aware that you are open to learning new skills and are eager to take on new challenges, if something does come up, they know you are open to stepping up to some extra responsibility.

If you need some help taking the next step in your engineering career, give our experienced recruitment team a call on 0114 349 2305. They know the engineering industry better than anyone else and their expertise can help you find the next engineering role you have been looking for.