05 Feb 2011
this is total and utter cod's wallop
Skills Development Scotland has a record of the engineering graduates leaving Strathclyde Uni; 27% of them are either unemployed or under-employed(stacking shelfs in a supermarket).
People need to wake up; the clean energy sector will not flourish in the UK unless the government starts to employ electrical engineers. If we continue to let periodic table gawping thatcherite chemistry dipsticks rule the roost, by the year 2020, Poland will be more wealthy than the UK.
11 Feb 2011
I am currently undertaking a Masters in Renewable Energy, and during my job searching it has become clear that while there are plenty of vacancies for 'manager' or 'senior' positions, there are very few opportunities for new graduates. While I believe that there is a lack of applicants with appropriate experience, surely the solution is for these companies to train new graduates. Yes, training is expensive, but salaries will be correspondingly lower.
A personal plea - how do I jump the gap from a high-achieving graduate with a relevant degree to an 'experienced' job applicant?