Competition for the leading structural engineering jobs is, obviously, high. To get your hands on the best paid and most rewarding positions, you’re really going to have to stand out from the crowd…
So, how do you go about achieving that? Here are five essentials that must be in place before that dream job can be considered:
1. Right qualifications
Do you have a good-quality apprenticeship behind you? What about a degree from an accredited institution? The right education is a vital first step on the road to achieving your dream job.
2. Technical competence
Qualifications are an indication of a basic level of understanding and ability, but what you’re going to have to demonstrate in an application or at interview is a level of technical competence that goes beyond a graduate level. You’re going to have to show how you have built on that bedrock of information and continued to learn and grow in the profession.
3. Problem solver
Engineering is all about problem solving. There’s the central problem of designing, building, and making your plan work; but then there are all the unforeseen issues that need to be overcome during the lifetime of a project. Are you able to demonstrate how you have overcome significant barriers with your ingenuity and by thinking on your feet?
4. An individual and a team player
In addition to your engineering capabilities, to land your dream job you’re going to have to show that you’re a good fit for the way the recruiting organisation works. Can you demonstrate how you’re able to get on with a project and work more broadly within a team? Can you show your ability as a communicator so that a wider project benefits from your input, dedication, and hard work?
5. Tailored application
After years of hard work and dedication, whether you get that dream job could boil down to something as simple as your application and how you do during the interview.
Every time you apply for a new job your CV and supporting letter must be tailored to the specific requirements of the available position. There’s no use using generics. Your application must answer the job description and tell the recruiter that you’re the engineer for the job.
Then, when you get to interview, preparation is key. Research the company and its projects, prepare answers for likely questions, and be ready to run through likely workplace scenarios.