Armed with a BSc in electrical engineering, the world is literally your oyster. So where do you want to go?
Stick to familiar surroundings or take a chance elsewhere, perhaps in the Middle East? Maybe you’re not a graduate yet but thinking about moving into this exciting field. Again, you can ask yourself the self-same question. Should I follow the pack and plump for the familiar or take the opportunity to study for an electrical engineering degree overseas?
Different outlook, customs, culture and religion and mixing with contemporaries from all backgrounds and walks of life are just some of the positive benefits of enrolling in an electrical engineering degree course overseas. Then there’s standing on your own two feet thousands of miles away from the influences of family, neighbourhood friends and the comfortably familiar. That’s not only an exciting, if daunting prospect. It’s also truly character building!
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has traditionally been a favoured destination for hundreds of thousands of foreign workers from all across the world, many of them employed on the huge construction projects for which the country is rightly famous for. But this wealthy and forward-looking oil-rich Persian Gulf state has also been a magnet for both national and international students, attracted by cutting-edge educational establishments which continue to climb the world university rankings. Indeed, UAE universities are now among the finest in the world.
One to consider is the American University of Sharjah (AUS), where teaching is firmly based on the very best universities to be found in the United States. AUS is also renowned for its multiculturalism, its student body of more than 5,000 hailing from over 80 countries around the world. But students are also encouraged to participate in the large number of extra-curricular activities which are open to them, from clubs and societies to the various university sports and athletic teams. Studying at AUS is a truly all-round experience, firmly grounded in the culture of the Gulf region but with a flavouring of the US thrown in. So what’s not to like?
However, at the end of the day, gaining that all-important degree is the ultimate goal. Electrical engineers, says Prospects, the UK’s official graduate careers website, design, develop and maintain electrical control systems and/or components to required specifications, focusing on economy, safety, reliability, quality and sustainability. Sums up the job description beautifully! But there’s so much more to this exciting and rewarding career.
Prospects continues, “Electrical engineers are involved in projects from the concept and detail of the design through to implementation, testing and handover. They may also be involved in maintenance programmes. “As well as technical knowledge, electrical engineers need to project manage and multi-task. They also need to have commercial awareness. Additional attributes, such as team leadership or management skills, are required as careers progress.”
Most electrical engineers, the website adds, work in a multi-disciplinary project team, which is likely to include engineers from other specialist areas as well as architects, marketing and sales staff, manufacturers, technicians and customer service personnel. They may also work with representatives from customer organisations.
Never a dull day might be a better way of putting it! Find out more about electrical engineering from the Prospects website by clicking here.
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