In recent years, we have seen that there is a demand for employees with an engineering background in almost every industry. As a recent engineering graduate, you can take advantage of this need and pursue a master’s programme outside of the conventional engineering master’s options. These specialised master’s degrees will not only help you build subject-specific expertise but will also make your resume more appealing to recruiters and enable you to differentiate yourself from other job applicants.
Below are some popular and inspiring career paths that some of our past applicants have chosen to pursue after obtaining a specialised master’s degree.
1) Artificial intelligence and machine learning:
Today, Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are increasingly used to add value to an expanding volume of data. Roles in this field are typically for data engineers and data scientists. While these terms are often used interchangeably, they are quite distinct. Data engineers are at the frontline of discovery, while data scientists lead the charge in terms of understanding derived data. However, both roles have a common denominator–they require professionals with either a background in computer science, statistics or engineering and who have demonstrated expertise in quantitative competencies. To make your way into these fields, you can pursue a Master of Science in Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning.
2) Business and management:
Both business leaders and engineers strive to develop solutions that are creative, efficient and innovative, which are yet rooted in reality. Although engineers are proficient in hard skills acquired through their bachelor’s degree, they can leverage these skills and knowledge to create an impact in management roles as well. Many engineers have successfully transitioned to key roles in strategy, management and decision-making. A Master’s in Engineering Management or a Master’s in Management are two programmes that can help engineering students build management skills.
Experts will argue that you might find it difficult to move directly from an engineering role to finance. However, despite this, many engineers have successfully transitioned into finance, investment banking and portfolio management. Their desire to understand the industry and build subject matter expertise through a specialised Master’s in Finance has been integral to their professional success.
4) Renewable or environmental engineering:
The renewable energy industry, with its technological advances, policy changes and focus on sustainable business practices, is in constant need of professionals who are capable of addressing these complex dynamics. This rapidly expanding field with growing opportunities requires not just biochemical, civil or mechanical engineers but engineers who can be thought leaders and innovators with a clear understanding of the expertise that they contribute. While most of these Master of Professional Studies or Master in Renewable Energy courses do not directly teach installation skills, you are taught to assess renewable energy resources, design appropriate renewable energy systems, evaluate the performance of these systems and assess the wider impacts of renewable energy development.
These are just some of the many career paths available to you. If you are ready to work on your postgraduate applications, start by reading about how a master’s degree can help you get a better job. When you are ready to apply for a master’s programme, read about how to start your application here. For any further information, get in touch with us.