Advice from WES members on applying for technical jobs for the HE STEM funded Set to Lead project led from UCL Engineering.
Tip 1: Take your time
- Start early! Don’t leave it until your course ends
- Select and research potential employers carefully. This takes a lot of effort, but it will show through in your application if you demonstrate that you care about what they do.
Checklist: Do I like the look of the company?
Do I admire their work?
Is this somewhere I want to work?
- Spend a lot of time perfecting 2 or 3 really good applications rather than sending out 6 poor ones. (The first few might take a week !)
- Don’t 'copy and paste'. Every company will have a slightly different application form and process. You need to think about how your strengths and experience apply to each individual company.
Tip 2: Know what you want
- Don’t be afraid of sticking to your goals!
“If that’s what you want to do, that’s what drives you, you’ll be passionate about your job and it will come across – and you’ll enjoy your job every day.”
- If you’re not 100% happy with a job offer, see if something better comes along, but don’t hang around too long. There are lots of ways of moving around within companies – once you’ve got your foot in the door and you’ve got yourself settled and gained a bit of experience you can move around.
Tip 3: Don’t underestimate the power of a well thought out, concise, accurate job application!
- It makes a huge difference – it means that you go into an interview holding a good hand!
- You‘ve told the interviewers great stuff about yourself and already given them lots to talk about.
WES is part of the sustainability strategy for the HE STEM Set to Lead project ensuring that project outputs reach women engineering and technology students.
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