There is a shortage of electrical and electronic engineers, not only locally in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, but worldwide, so employment prospects are excellent. The employment rate for graduates of this degree from Queen's (2013) was 100% (percentage employed in a graduate level job within 6 months of graduating).
Studying for an Electrical and Electronic Engineering degree at Queen’s will assist you in developing the core skills and employment-related experiences that are valued by employers, professional organisations and academic institutions. Graduates from this degree at Queen’s are well regarded by many employers (local, national and international) and over half of all graduate jobs are now open to graduates of any discipline, including Electrical and Electronic Engineering.
Although the majority of our graduates are interested in pursuing careers in engineering significant numbers develop careers in a wide range of other sectors. The following is a list of the major career sectors (and some starting salaries) that have attracted our graduates in recent years:
- Management Consultancy - £26-38,000
- Investment Banking - £34K
- Accountancy - £30K
- Fast Stream Civil Service - £26,500
- Varied graduate programmes (Times Top 100 Graduate Recruiters/AGR, Association of Graduate Recruiters UK)
We regularly consult and develop links with a large number of employers including, for example, Asiduaand NIE who provide sponsorship for our students as well as Cambridge Silicon Radio and FG Wilsons/Caterpillar who are members of the employer liaison panel for the course.
Our past students have also gained work placement with organisations such as:
- National Grid
- Schrader Electronics
- Andor Technology
Other Employer Links
The School has links with a large number of employers, providing opportunities for summer and year-long placements, as well as projects. Currently there are more companies offering placement opportunities than there are students seeking placements, with the result that opportunities for placements and employment in Electrical and Electronic Engineering are excellent.
Graduate Careers and Achievements
Many of our former graduates have risen to the top of their fields and include for example:
Steve Myers: A Director of Technology at CERN (Large Hadron Collider!)
Stephen McClelland: Managing Director of Schrader Electronics
Trevor Hanna:Group Information Systems Director of Associated British Foods
Colin Annett: A Director in BT (budge of £400m a year)
Catherine Irwin: DuPont Engineering and Research Manager (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bill McCluggage:Director of ICT Strategy and Policy for UK Government
Alan Wallace: Patent Attorney, Partner in FR Kelly Law Firm
The Prospects website provides further information regarding the types of jobs that attract Electrical and Electronic Engineering Graduates.
Further study is also an option open to Electrical and Electronic Engineering graduates. Students can choose from a wide range of Masters programmes as well as comprehensive list of research topics, see the School website www.qub.ac.uk/eeecs for more information.
Electrical and electronic engineers work right across the spectrum from power generation to telecommunications and from the design of control systems to the fabrication of microchips. Employment prospects are excellent, with an increasing demand from both local and national employers that is unlikely to be satisfied in the foreseeable future. The computer industry also is a major employer with over 300 IT companies in Northern Ireland alone.
Other Career-related information: Queen’s is a member of the Russell Group and, therefore, one of the 20 universities most-targeted by leading graduate employers. Queen’s students will be advised and guided about career choice and, through the Degree Plus initiative, will have an opportunity to seek accreditation for skills development and experience gained through the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. See Queen’s University Belfast fullEmployability Statementfor further information.
Degree Plus and other related initiatives: Recognising student diversity, as well as promoting employability enhancements and other interests, is part of the developmental experience at Queen’s. Students are encouraged to plan and build their own, personal skill and experiential profile through a range of activities including; recognised Queen’s Certificates, placements and other work experiences (at home or overseas), Erasmus study options elsewhere in Europe, learning development opportunities and involvement in wider university life through activities, such as clubs, societies, and sports.
Queen’s actively encourages this type of activity by offering students an additional qualification, the Degree Plus Award (and the related Researcher Plus Award for PhD and MPhil students). Degree Plus accredits wider experiential and skill development gained through extra-curricular activities that promote the enhancement of academic, career management, personal and employability skills in a variety of contexts. As part of the Award, students are also trained on how to reflect on the experience(s) and make the link between academic achievement, extracurricular activities, transferable skills and graduate employment. Participating students will also be trained in how to reflect on their skills and experiences and can gain an understanding of how to articulate the significance of these to others, e.g. employers.
Overall, these initiatives, and Degree Plusin particular, reward the energy, drive, determination and enthusiasm shown by students engaging in activities over-and-above the requirements of their academic studies. These qualities are amongst those valued highly by graduate employers.