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  1. mnadeem1984
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    Hi people.... I'm having trouble in finding a job. The thing is a graduated in Electronic and Electrical Engineering. However, when it comes to applying for a job, most of the graduate positions involve office type jobs, where i'll be sitting on my ar$e in fornt of a computer. This is something i donot want to do. I am looking for a job as a field service engineer, or as an installation engineer. So if any of you have any contacts or links, can you please forward me the details. I have registered with all major sites such as monster, jobsite, gradjobs etc.

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  3. Caesium
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    What field do you want to get into?
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    Aberdeen ma Man, Aberdeen.... there's where the money is... Or London... Try some of the major players, Shell, Marathon, BP etc..
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    any electronics (not electrical) field really, i.e cctv, fire installation, or anything electronical really. As long as its technical.
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    [Oct 31, 2006]
    I sympathise its always difficult when you have limited experience,

    Can I suggest you find a company or industry you wish to get into and apply direct or via an agency for work in that field or company, even if its not the job you want a good employer will most often notice talent, (doesn't hurt to look for ways to demonstrate your capabilities, without actually changing anything without approval as that can be disastrous)

    I left a good career in retail and financial sales to go back to college to train to be an Engineer, where my interest always was but I left school early chasing money and only realised too late that I needed some qualifications to get into what I really was interested in,

    10 years on (has it been that long) I am an Engineering group manager for a multinational manufacturing company, it does take time and effort but with only really my immediate Boss's positon (Engineering Director) to attain without branching off into General Management I'm pretty much where I always wanted to be.

    Your qualifications should put in a good position with agencies and employers but without being too pessimistic you do need some experience as there are not many conmpanies left who can afford to take a risk or the time to teach you.

    hope some of that helps, good luck, stick with Engineering if that's what you love
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    You ain't wrong, we're desperate for instruments folk (Marathon that is).

    Mike
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    have just graduated this summer just gone?
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    i graduated last summer (so its been a year now)
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    btw thanks for the replies guys, i am still looking and i am gonna consider all ur advice.
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    I say look for voluntary work, good way to get experience and its something to put on your cv
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    As has been said its not easy to get into any particular field when you dont have any hands on experience.

    Many comapnies seem to want old fashioned apprentice served staff in the field .

    When I first left school I did an apprenticeship (5 years) as an electrician. Then decided to do venture out into telecoms and did an apprenticeship in telecoms with BT . The people on the BT apprenticeship were of all ages backgrounds and qualifications some degrees some ex army telecoms people. But we all had to start from the bottom again on a **** wage.
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    BT...pah!! Private sector is where the money is, any BT engineers i know are just wage slaves..:think:
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    I agree with Geordie Mike and 28V6, there is plenty of money to be made in the offshore industry in Aberdeen.

    Apart from the major Oil companies such as Shell, B.P. etc there are also loads of consultancies and specialists you could work for. Try companies such as Wood Group, Schlumberger, Amec, Halliburton and PSN World (used to be KBR) to name but a few. These guys all have big graduate recruitment schemes and positions where you can work "out in the field."
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    Thats very true the money wasnt very good even when qualified but the training was excellent, most of the people I did my apprenticeship with went on to consultancy etc etc and now earn 6 figure salaries.

    I earnt 32k basic with BT straight after finishing my apprenticeship at the age of 26 for a 35hour week working as a technical officer. Which ten years ago now wasnt really that bad most private sector system guys only get this sort of money at the moment although it is very basic work.
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    Get on a grad scheme, the company I work for pays them shed loads for 2 years worth of training, courses etc...
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    Oh and if there is a particular company you want to work for visit their website and contact them directly.
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    Absolutely. I got into where I am (T-Mobile) on their graduate recruitment programme and it's been excellent. The training I've had over the last three years is worth about 10k plus it's the best way to be eased into working life and the corporate mentality. It's the best move I think I've ever made (apart from buying an Audi, natch ;))

    The only problem is there's huge competition for places; I was one of 14 grads that were taken on out of over 1,600 applications. You've really got to make yourself shine as best you can, but it's worth it.
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    We only take on a smiliar number of grads and the intial application list is in around 1500. Chances are you applied to my company as well then if you work for T-mobile :)

    The interview process does seem to be quite thorough but we still end up with complete numbties!

    We have one grad who has complained he gets called a grad as he says it undermines him... Your a grad what do you want us to call you... CEO?
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    Oh yeah, I applied to loads of places (throw enough sh*t etc. ;))

    I know what your guy means; my bunch grew tired of being called "The Grads" because we felt like we were being segregated; it made it difficult to feel like we were normal team members. I guess it's New Guy Syndrome by another name.
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    I agree.

    When I finished my college in Electrical and electronic engineering no one would take me because I didn’t have any practical experience. So in the end I just applied for anything and everything. I finally got a job with a local telecoms company as a Radio tech just because the guy doing the interview wanted me because I knew nothing and they could train me the way they wanted. They then took on a guy as an assistant who knew loads more then me!! Funny how things work out.
    Now working for T-Mobile as a field engineer all because I spent a small fortune on stamps and A4 paper.:thumbsup:

    Get the CV polished up and get it sent everywhere.
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    Would this sort of Polish be alright?
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    :tumble:
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    lolz.if u come across anyposts, please do let me know. :D
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