Useful tailored advice from TARGETjobs
During your degree, you will learn useful skills that can be used to apply for work in this field. You can build on these through experience at work and in your personal life:
In 2007, Educating Engineers for the 21st Century PDF [580KB] identified the future engineering graduate as needing to combine three roles:
So, acquiring cross-disciplinary skills and experience will become increasingly important, as well as maintaining expertise in your own area.
Taken from Meeting the Challenge: Demand and Supply of Engineers in the UK PDF [1.27MB] (Institution of Mechanical Engineers, 2011)
This is a sector where knowing the right people can be very important and, with many smaller companies, applying speculatively can be the best way to get in.
Important things to remember are