Electronic and Computer Engineering
Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates have a range of employment options open to them. The course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) which provides a platform to build on for those who wish to achieve Chartered Engineering status.
In 2011/12, six months after graduating:
71.4% of graduates with a first degree were in employment 10.7% were in full-time further study
Students from Electronic and Computer Engineering graduate with not only an understanding of state of the art developments in hardware and software, but also the skills required for computer systems network and design in every aspect of commerce and industry. As well as traditional IT jobs, roles which require an appreciation of the rapidly changing nature of the underlying technology, for example Pre-Technical Sales, are also an option.
In 2011/12 Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates were employed in the following positions:
• Electrical Design Engineer
• IT Business Analyst
• Software Developer
• Software Engineer
• Technical Sales Engineer
In 2011/12 Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates entered further study courses such as:
• MSc Computer Networking
• MSc Electronic & Computing Engineer
The positive impact of a sandwich placement on graduate employment outcomes across Brunel is considerable. Those who have done placements are also much more likely to be in employment for which their degree was a formal requirement or where they believe their degree gave them a competitive advantage in recruitment.
Placement leavers from Electronic and Computer Engineering experienced the following outcomes:
- 90.9% progressed into employment or further study
- 88.9% of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment
- The average starting salary was £27,000
The graduate labour market remains competitive and relevant experience is increasingly required for graduate level jobs. For those without related experience job search strategy is often about getting a ‘foot in the door’ in order to compete for graduate positions later.
A growing national trend is for many students to delay their job applications until completing their studies, preferring to focus on achieving the highest grade possible. This can result in some graduates initially continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. As a result a small number of graduates were working in non-graduate level positions including administration and customer service occupations.
The DLHE survey provides a snapshot of a very short amount of time (six months) after graduating and while many have progressed into relevant graduate jobs others are taking time out, travelling, waiting to start a course or continuing with their part-time job while they explore their options after graduating. Many graduates have moved on in their careers since completing the questionnaire.