Ten tips for securing graduate employment in engineering posts19 Sep 2011
Ten tips for securing graduate employment in engineering posts with Broadcast and Media Technology businesses.
1. Study a relevant course. Broadcast and Media Technology is mostly about electronic engineering, computer systems engineering and software development.
2. Decide which types of role would suit you. Explore the range of roles available. Do you want to design product and systems? Do you want to work in an operational role at a broadcaster? Interested in Marketing or Product Management?
3. Get some experience! Things like work experience, student placements and community projects will all help. Ask to “job-shadow” someone for a few days. If you can’t get anything, do something for yourself as a project.
4. Continue your training and education in some way. Do a specialist part-time course or apply for a training scholarship, grant or bursary.
5. Join a relevant industry or professional association and attend their relevant meetings and webinars. Ask questions, talk to speakers and presenters. IET, RTS, SMPTE, IEEE, FKTG etc are all relevant.
6. Attend exhibitions and conferences. If they charge, ask for a free student place or volunteer as a helper. Offer to write blog posts about the event or whatever you need to do to get there. When you’re there, don’t just mooch about, explore the technology, improve your understanding and ask about job vacancies or contacts in Human Resource and Training departments
7. Seek a mentor. Find someone who will agree to talk to you and give you industry specific advice and guidance. If you can’t find one, ask IABM or one of the other professional associations.
8. Join relevant social networks. There are lots of online groups that follow this sector. Join LinkedIn and start to build your industry network.
9. Subscribe to e-newsletters. There are numerous industry newsletters that provide commentary on industry issues. These in turn will connect you to individuals in broadcasters and their technology suppliers. Sign up for webinars and white papers. Read about the industry and start to learn what’s hot and who the shakers and movers are.
10. Present yourself professionally. Whether it’s your CV, your appearance, the emails you send or the blog posts you write – you must be professional. Things like smart casual appearance, good grammar and simple courtesy matter. Most important of all – tell the truth, don’t hype your capability, you’ll soon be found out. Confidence is great, deception isn’t!