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Transferable skills from engineering

Transferable skills from engineeringMost engineering graduates go on to engineering careers - but the skills you gain can be used in a wide range of careers and industries.

Project planning

Lots of different jobs in lots of different industries require you to know how to run a project effectively. As well as managing your time and planning your work, this means understanding how to balance different demands, such as cost, quality and speed.

Attention to detail

It's true that most courses will help you hone your attention to detail, but in engineering it's particularly important, since a small error can have major consequences. This can reassure employers - especially if you can explain the methods you use to make sure you don't make mistakes.

Communication and teamwork

Your engineering course will often involve working with other people on practical projects of various lengths. Since you don't get to choose your coursemates or your colleagues, this demonstrates your ability to work well with other people - especially if you have good results from a project to prove it.


There's plenty of maths in engineering, and whatever industry you end up working in this is likely to come in useful. Whether you're forecasting profits or analysing website traffic, your engineering background will show employers that you know what you're doing.

Computer skills

As an engineer, you're likely to use computers for a wider range of applications than many other courses. The exact experience you gain will depend on your course, but it could include using specialist software or learning programming skills you can use to solve problems. Even if these skills aren't directly applicable to a job you are interested in, they will demonstrate your computer literacy and your ability to learn.

Getting extra skills

Your department, or the university's careers service, might offer extra courses or workshops to help you develop skills beyond the ones you gain from your course. For example, a short time-management course could benefit your studies and carry over into your career.

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