How to get yourself a career lifebelt

Let’s forget this recession and look to the next one (did anyone think boom and bust were really over?) What’s the one thing you can do to ensure you keep working?

According to the Engineering Council, it’s to get registered with a professional engineering qualification.

In recent surveys the Council found that “those holding the professional engineering qualifications Chartered Engineer (CEng), Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or Engineering Technician (EngTech) [were] more likely to have held on to their jobs during the recession”.

Around 8 per cent of the non-registered engineers who answered the survey in May were “unemployed and seeking re-employment”, as against only 1.5 per cent of registered engineers.

However, even the registered engineers have seen their tenure shaken by the recession: in 2007 only 0.6 per cent of them were in this category. “Although a big increase...it is clear that professionally qualified engineers are still in demand in the UK,” says the Engineering Council.

Based on responses from nearly 3,000 Engineering Council registrants, resident in the UK and below the official retirement age of 65, the Survey of Registered Engineers 2010 is one of a series that have been conducted regularly since 1981. This year, for the first time, the Engineering Council commissioned a survey of non-registered engineers and technicians at the same time, in order to compare the two sets of results.

The Survey of Registered Engineers 2010 report can be found on the Engineering Council website.

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