Getting your first foot on the ladder
Getting your first job can be a challenge, particularly if you are new to a sector. Energy is no different, but the opportunities are out there.
- If you are graduating from an EI accredited programme, make the most of opportunities through the universities own connections to meet employers and make the most of the university’ careers services
- Let the EI know if you have finished your studies and are looking to begin your working career – if you were a student member we can upgrade you to Associate membership. If you haven’t been a member before, you can sign up to Associate membership in just a few moments online. There are special low membership fees if you are just starting out
- There are a range of companies and job services which are dedicated specifically to energy jobs. Sign up to as many as possible and take advantage of any services they offer
- Network network network! If you are not a member, join now and get along to as many events run by your branch and YPN as possible and look for ways to meet people make connections and get involved.
- Approach your branch about fixing up a mock interview or getting a more senior professional to help you work on your CV
- Keep your knowledge up to date – read as widely as possible on energy topics so that you can show that you have wide ranging knowledge and are serious about working in the sector. Use the knowledge service to access documents on topics which are of interest, and as part of your interview preparation
- Consider work experience or an internship. This may not be a long term prospect for most people, but a short term placement can boost your confidence, build your contacts and help you decide if a particular area is right for you. Click here to visit the company directory to find company members who might be able to help in your area.
- Don’t dismiss offers which seem less than perfect – they could lead to an unexpected opportunities and help you build transferable skills.
Search for an energy course
The Energy Institute accredits a range of different types of courses. We are licenced by the Engineering Council to accredit programmes for Chartered Engineer, Incorporated Engineer and Engineering Technician levels and the Science Council for Chartered Scientist. In addition to that, we also accredit programmes for Chartered Energy Manager and Membership of the Energy Institute.
Search through our database and find one that is right for you.