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Six reasons to study General Engineering

For those considering a degree in General Engineering but need further convincing, we lend our expertise. Here are six compelling reasons to study this subject area.

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1. Modern and applicable

Engineering has more modern applications than most degree subjects. Engineering graduates make up about 25% of this country's production as a workforce, and it’s one of the few sectors that’s currently undersubscribed in the job market.

2. Career satisfaction

If you find the idea of a technology course interesting, you'll probably find a career in engineering and technology interesting too. There is a guarantee of change and evolution, so you have the exciting prospect that you won't be doing the same thing in ten years time.

3. Transferable skills

An engineering-based education exposes students to various technical subjects and skillsets. 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. International skills

Engineering offers skills and knowledge that can be applied in any country or culture around the world today. 

5. Good money

The starting salaries for engineering graduates 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 General Engineering graduates can expect to earn salaries higher than those in sales, human resources and even finance.

6. Practical work

Engineering is a hands-on degree, so most courses will give you access and practise with industrial standard materials and machinery.

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