Product Design-Mechanical Engineering Graduate help!

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Hi there, I'm a recent Graduate from the University of Bristol achieving a 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering MEng and am looking for any advice regarding getting into it a career hopefully working in a product design.

During my degree I really enjoyed the elements of 3D modelling, mechanical Designing, rapid prototyping manufacture and validation. This creative 'hands on engineering' has led me to peruse a career as a mechanical engineer within a product design consultancy that would offer a variety of work. From this understanding my goal would be to work for a small- medium product design consultancy- working with innovators to realise their inventions.

I am still interested remaining and developing as mechanical engineer, hopefully achieving chartership. Working as a mechanical engineer in a product design company does not appear to be the most conventional route for a mechanical engineer, as I am not finding many grad schemes or offerings tailored for those fresh out of uni and I am struggling to find the best way to reach my goals. Would a general mechanical engineering grad scheme equip me with the skills that a product design company would look for, or would I be better to try and go straight into the sector?

Any help to dispel my assumptions or to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated- many thanks in advance!

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Hi there, I'm a recent Graduate from the University of Bristol achieving a 2:1 in Mechanical Engineering MEng and am looking for any advice regarding getting into it a career hopefully working in a product design.

During my degree I really enjoyed the elements of 3D modelling, mechanical Designing, rapid prototyping manufacture and validation. This creative 'hands on engineering' has led me to peruse a career as a mechanical engineer within a product design consultancy that would offer a variety of work. From this understanding my goal would be to work for a small- medium product design consultancy- working with innovators to realise their inventions.

I am still interested remaining and developing as mechanical engineer, hopefully achieving chartership. Working as a mechanical engineer in a product design company does not appear to be the most conventional route for a mechanical engineer, as I am not finding many grad schemes or offerings tailored for those fresh out of uni and I am struggling to find the best way to reach my goals. Would a general mechanical engineering grad scheme equip me with the skills that a product design company would look for, or would I be better to try and go straight into the sector?

Any help to dispel my assumptions or to point me in the right direction would be greatly appreciated- many thanks in advance!

Tom
I'd probably look at going straight into a product design type role. If you're mainly interested in smaller companies then you probably won't find many grad schemes, as they're mainly offered by the larger employers - and may not suit you anyway if you know what you want to do and get stuck in.
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