Tips for Getting a Job in Engineering with Little/No Experience
Here are some top tips for getting started in an engineering career with little or no experience:
As mentioned above, passion for a job or industry proves a keenness to get involved. Just because you may lack specific requirements on the job advert, doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t ideal for the role. Also, if a business is willing to invest in your professional growth or educational development, it is important they believe it is worthwhile. Show how eager you are to learn and get involved, and an employer may be more inspired to support you.
When job hunting, networking is vital. Talk to key players, i.e. employers or stakeholders, to try and find out what they are looking for and how you can possibly meet their needs. This is especially important when trying to get started in engineering without experience; you need to sell yourself, including your skills and personality, to potential employers.
Focus on Skills
Just because you may lack engineering experience, doesn’t mean you don’t have the skills an employer is looking for. Link in other skills that may be relevant or desirable in your CV and see if you can catch their eye – usually, any strong skills or prominent passions are well liked by employers.
Good skills to highlight are: communication, team working, leaderships, problem-solving, reliability, and technical awareness etc.
When your application gets to interview stage, you will no doubt be faced with questions around experience which may throw you off. To prevent any hiccups, prepare and practise your answers. Get a family member or friend to perform a mock interview and ask about your experience, and rehearse giving a smooth answer in which you flip the question to benefit you i.e. explaining how your passion for computers and programming has taught you instead of formal qualifications.
If your interview is online, ever increasingly becoming more common, be prepared for technical issues and so on. Here are top tips for acing a virtual job interview.