The key to obtaining graduate employment in the civil engineering sector is to offer firms exactly what they are looking for: a related degree, mathematical and methodical capabilities, and a desire to take on further studies to become fully qualified.
Some employers offer vocational training which is accredited by the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE), sponsorship or placements in order to train up their staff to the highest level. Investments in graduate staff are usually made by larger organisations, such as National Grid, BP, BAE systems and Siemens. Work abroad is sometimes a possibility as part of graduate employment.
Engineers can find themselves working in diverse areas of the sector, from the coastal and marine to roads and power, and the starting wage for graduates in this field is £23,500. This figure rises after two years, and again after five, with median earnings at this mark reaching approximately £28,500. On the whole, the average basic wage of ICE members is £48,500.
Recruitment agencies often feature jobs which have attractive benefits to staff, such as company car, pension, mobile phone and healthcare. Hours are dependent on specific projects and firms, however usually engineers work about 40 hours per week. There is no particular area in which civil engineering is dominant, workers are required all over the country.