- undertake career planning and research
- build your networks, meet employees and graduates
- gain essential work experience during your course
- attend career fairs and events
- continually develop your skills and knowledge
- get involved with relevant clubs and societies
- visit the
Careers Servicefor advice.
Discover employment and further study opportunities that you could consider once you graduate with an electrical and electronic engineering degree, and learn how you can stand out to graduate employers.
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Knowledge and skills
Your degree will develop your subject-specific knowledge in areas such as electrical and electronics, power, communications and microprocessors. A strong emphasis on learning by doing means that you will spend a good deal of your time engaged in individual and group project work and in the laboratory. In addition to your specialist skills and knowledge, you will therefore develop valuable transferrable skills including:
- complex problem-solving skills and an innovative but methodical approach
- pragmatism and practicality to turn a concept into reality
- effective written and verbal communication skills as a result of writing technical reports and presenting to diverse audiences which range from fellow students to industry professionals
- time management and an ability to prioritise and plan work effectively within the laboratory and when managing an engineering project from its inception to the final realisation
- a professional approach and ability to work to an ethical code of conduct.
of graduates in work or further study
100% of graduates agreed that their current activity is meaningful
100% of graduates said their degree was a formal requirement for their job or gave them an advantage
Researching your career options
To find out more about your career options both Prospects and TargetJobs can provide you with initial information to help you get started with your research. Both of these careers sites are updated regularly and provide unbiased information and advice for students and graduates as well as the latest graduate job vacancies. You could start by exploring:
Sector-specific careers information and job vacancies
In addition to the broad information provided by Prospects, you could also go into a little more detail using these more subject-specific sites:
Equality and diversity in engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates are in high demand in a range of industries including (but not limited to):
- IT industry
- Manufacturing and fast-moving consumer goods
- Materials and metals
- Power generation
The links below, provided by Prospects will give you an insight into just some of the occupations that you can consider with this versatile qualification.
- Acoustic consultant
- Aerospace engineer
- Broadcast engineer
- Clinical technologist
- Control and instrumentation engineer
- Design engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Electronics engineer
- Machine learning engineer
- Nuclear engineer
- Project manager
- Software engineer
- Sound engineer
- Technical author
Below is a snapshot of what some of University of Plymouth electrical and electronic engineering graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these jobs serve as stepping stones to professional posts by providing relevant workplace experience.
- Electrical Design Engineer
- Electrical Engineer
- Electrical Weapons Engineer
- Electronics Engineer
- Firmware Engineer
- Graduate Electronic Hardware Engineer
- Graduate Electronics Engineer
- Graduate Engineer
- Junior Software Developer
- Senior Equipment Engineer
- Amulet Hotkey
- Astrolab Ltd
- Babcock International
- BAE Systems
- Centrica Plc
- Hoare Lea Engineers
- L3Harris TRL
- Leonardo MW Ltd
- MASS Consultants Ltd
- MBDA Systems
- Plessey Semiconductors Ltd
- Renishaw PLC
- Royal Navy
- Siretta Ltd
- United Technologies
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 20 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.
Should you find that you need or want to continue your studies to postgraduate level, the University of Plymouth offers postgraduate study options that might be of interest to you, depending on your interests, development needs and career aspirations:
MSc Autonomous Systems
MSc Electrical and Electronic Engineering
MSc Offshore Renewable Energy Engineering
The following websites provide an excellent starting point for your exploration but you may also find it helpful to talk through your options with a Careers Consultant who can also support you with the application process.
Careers service support
Accessing support from the Careers Service couldn’t be easier; come along to the Careers Service Helpdesk in the
Student Hub or access our 24/7 online resources. There is a wide range of support available from skills workshops to events, placements and internships advice, 1-2-1 appointments and help getting started with LinkedIn.
Our bite-sized Accelerate workshops can give your career the boost it needs and topics include:
- effective career planning
- job hunting techniques
- finding part-time work
- CVs and interviews
- mastering LinkedIn.
Workshops are delivered by the Careers Service, however they are also an opportunity to learn from your peers, share experiences and ask questions. Visit myCareer to see the full range of activities and to book your place.
Connect with graduates
Build your network and job sector knowledge using LinkedIn’s alumni tool. This will allow you to see the career journeys of graduates from your programme, the qualifications they completed, the skills they developed and employers they worked for. You can then ‘connect’ with people of interest.
- search LinkedIn for ‘University of Plymouth’
- select ‘Alumni’
- filter the results by subject, sector, company or location.
For more information about the alumni tool select the LinkedIn alumni tool guide. If you are looking for help to set up or learn how to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile, select the LinkedIn guide for students or
come to one of our workshops.
Other advice and guidance
Work experience will provide a major boost to your employability when you graduate as well as giving you a real insight into what to expect from different occupations and industries. You will develop your confidence and professional skills while meeting colleagues who may assist with your career development.
Many organisations offer placement years and shorter internships or you could work part-time around your studies or approach organisations speculatively directly to negotiate short periods of work experience. Gradcracker advertises opportunities with larger organisations and can give you an early indication idea of what might be available to you.
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there are many organisations within the not-for-profit sector who could benefit from your skills and expertise and volunteering generally will help to build your employability skills, confidence and make a real impact on your CV.
Clubs and societies
Involvement with clubs and societies shows employers you are engaged and seek out opportunities to develop and try new experiences. These activities also help to improve teamwork, communication and leadership skills. Committee members develop organisational and diplomacy skills having gained experience of meetings, handling funds, and society promotion
You may choose to join a society that is specifically linked to computing such as CompSoc or take the opportunity to explore the huge range of clubs, societies and sports, all of which can help you to broaden your horizons, develop new interests and build your confidence.
Tutor and academic support
Your tutors and other academic staff will also support your career development, having had experience in industry and academia, so do approach them for advice and insights into careers you are considering. They will also be writing references for you when you graduate so establishing a positive relationship with them is invaluable.
Where could your degree subject take you?
Architecture and built environment
Business, economics, management, marketing, accounting and finance, and maritime and logistics
Accounting and finance
Human resources management
Operations and supply chain management
Creative arts: art, illustration and photography
Design: interior/product and furniture design, graphic design and game arts/digital design
Earth, geography and environment
Education and teaching
Hospitality, tourism and events management
Humanities: anthropology, art history, English and history
Law, criminology and policing
Media and filmmaking
Medicine, dentistry and biomedical sciences
Nursing, midwifery and allied health professions
Nutrition, exercise and health
Performing arts: acting, drama and musical theatre
Sociology, international relations and politics