Electronic and Computer EngineeringElectronic 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.
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 2010/11, six months after graduating:
70.0% of graduates with a first degree were in employment 13.3% were in full-time further study
In 2010/11 Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates were employed in the following positions:
• 3D Software Engineer
• Business Analyst
• IT Consultant
• Software Engineer
• Systems Engineer
In 2010/11 Electronic and Computer Engineering graduates entered further study courses such as:
• MPhil Electric and Electronic Engineering
• MSc Advanced Engineering and Design
• MSc Software Engineering
• MSc Sustainable Electrical Power
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:
- 100.0% progressed into employment or further study
- 100.0% were engaged in a graduate-level activity (employment or further study)
- 100.0% of employed leavers were working in the top three categories of graduate level employment
- The average starting salary was £17,500.
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.