Is it a good idea to do a final year projects that's different to do with the field you want to go into as a way of doing something a bit different? Is it likely to affect your chances of getting a job in the area you want to go into by doing this?
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- 03-07-2014 19:58
- 03-07-2014 20:03
This isn't engineering specific, but based on chemical experience - they appreciate candidates with experience or knowledge related to the field the job is in. If you don't have any previous employment in that industry then a research project in the right field is the next best thing.
Obviously, it's not always possible to get something in exactly what you want to do or are interested in so it doesn't rule you out, but if you know what you want to do then aim to build yourself a strong background in it.
- 04-07-2014 23:37
It certainly wouldn't hurt. No doubt at interviews (or during the application stage) you will mention the final year project, so if it's tailored towards the sort of work you want to do in the future, it gives you experience in that area and will probably make you more prepared for that role in industry.
Note: Engineering careers are broad. There is a small chance that you'll actually do a project on something which is identical to problems in industry. However, you can use skills which are related, and you can usually contact companies to see if they have a project for students which you could work on.
The most awkward interviews I've done for placements involved explaining undergraduate aerospace topics to a Doctor of Engineering in the exact area I was talking about. Sometimes being slightly "out there" can be helpful. I'd personally go for the skills rather than the industry.