Seven Reasons to Study General Engineering

For those considering a degree in this area, but need further convincing, the Complete University Guide lends its expertise. Here are the top seven reasons to study a General Engineering degree:

1. Modern and applicable

Of all the subjects on offer at UK universities today, few have more modern applications than engineering. Engineering graduates make up about 25% of this country's production as a work force, and it is a rare sector in that it is currently under subscribed in the job market.

2. Career satisfaction

Students drawn to a technology course probably do so because they find the subject interesting, and they will find employment in engineering and technology will continue to be interesting for the rest of their careers. There is the guarantee of change and evolution, so you have the thrill of knowing for certain you won't be doing the same thing in ten years time.

3. Transferable skills

An engineering-based education also allows students exposure to various technical subjects and skill sets. You will be able to develop skills that are transferable to most industries such as problem solving, decision making, innovation, project management, team working and communication.

4. Standard of Education

In order to do Engineering, you need to grades. Most courses won't accept any less than straight As. The upside of this is that if you do get in, you are among the best, and can expect the best quality of education in your degree from former industry professionals who really know their stuff.

5. International skills

The world is a small yet diverse place, both more global, yet at the same time dividing people like nothing else. Engineering offers skills and knowledge that can be applied in any country or culture around the world today. Knowing a foreign language helps too.

6. The money

One of the key benefits of studying engineering is financial. The starting salaries are among the best across all industry sectors. The demand for skilled graduates outstrips supply, and businesses are struggling to find recruits for vacancies. New engineering graduates can expect to earn salaries higher than those in sales, human resources and even finance.

7. Practical work

Engineering is a hands on degree – every course worth its salt will give you access and practice with industrial standard materials and machinery.