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Discover why nearly two-thirds of engineering and technology graduates are landing jobs in their field, with promising career prospects and competitive salaries. A recent study using data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) reveals that engineering graduates are not only more likely to find relevant employment but also feel more "on track" with their future plans compared to their non-engineering peers. Key findings include...
Focus on… Career steps with Chartered Building Engineer and Chartered Quantity Surveyor Lindsay Richards BSc MBA C.Build E MCABE… Q.      What is your current role and how long have you been in the position? A.        I am Managing Director of the Richards Partnership Ltd, an engineering and surveying practice established in 2005...
Discover how Adam Griffin, an Assistant Building Control Surveyor, won the prestigious Apprentice of the Year Award at the CABE Built Environment Awards. Starting as a novice in 2020, Adam’s journey at Assent Building Control is a testament to his exemplary professionalism and commitment. His impressive CPD portfolio, built while balancing work and a BSc Hons degree in Building Control, amazed the judges. Dive into his inspiring...
The interview process for building engineers can be intimidating, particularly when trying to anticipate every question posed. However, one inquiry often takes candidates by surprise. Simple, well-worn, and notably vague, "Tell me about yourself" presents candidates with a crucial opportunity to make a strong initial impression or falter from the start. Crafting a compelling response requires strategy and self-awareness. First and...
A CV is the first impression you give to your potential next employer. It needs to be clear, concise and honest, and getting these key aspects into your CV are essential to your application process. The built environment still remains as one of the most in-demand sectors in the United Kingdom, meaning there is lots of opportunities for potential roles for you as an employee, and lots of employers to impress with your CV. An...
As you step into the world of work, armed with your degree and a sense of purpose, a few strategic tips can help ease the transition and increase the likelihood of landing that coveted first position. Stepping out of the lecture hall into the professional realm can be both exhilarating and daunting for recent graduates. Firstly, ensure your CV is a real springboard into an engineering career. Crafting a compelling resume is an art that...
In the ever-evolving built environment, one glaring disparity often stands out – the age gap. This industry, essential to the infrastructure of society, is witnessing a noticeable generational divide. On one side, seasoned veterans with decades of experience; on the other, a new wave of young professionals eager to make their mark. What are the benefits of an ageing workforce in the industry? Experience and expertise...
As the built environment tackles expansion, climate change, and advancing technologies, the demand for skilled professionals is high. However, a large disparity exists between demand and the availability of sufficiently qualified and experienced professionals. In the 2023 Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) report, The Skills Construction Needs*, the CITB identified the need for almost 225,000 extra workers by 2027 to meet the...
Building Engineers work across the life cycle of a building, in roles that incorporate the design, construction, conservation and reclaiming of the areas and places where we live, work and function. Working within the built environment offers a broad range of rewarding career paths. Below is a list of some of the key specialisms across the construction industry, to help you gain a greater understanding of different professional job...
With the press stuffed full of stories about ChatGPT, it seems the new artificial intelligence tool can do just about anything short of washing your clothes. But can it help you land the perfect building engineer job? Read on to find out.      ChatGPT was developed by OpenAI, an artificial intelligence research organisation. Its team designed and trained the model using a combination of techniques including deep...
A three-day weekend sounds like catnip for employees, but they might just be setting themselves up for a more stressful week. The idea of a four-day work week, which has been making the headlines recently, is a relatively new idea, you might think. But the concept was coined by English social reformer Robert Owen, who in 1817 advocated for shorter workdays. In those days the working day ranged from 10 to 16 hours, and Owen’s...
Why you should polish up your social media accounts when applying for building engineer jobs, as employers may check them in the screening process.  It seems that a well-written CV and covering letter is not enough to earn a new position these days, and if your social presence online contains anything inappropriate it could hinder your chances of getting the role. A study by CareerBuilder found that seven in 10 employers have...