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    Is it true that job prospects for engineering undergrads at Cambridge university are low because employers feel the course doesn't cover enough material? I heard this is especially true for IEEE jobs.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
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    Is it true that job prospects for engineering undergrads at Cambridge university are low because employers feel the course doesn't cover enough material? I heard this is especially true for IEEE jobs.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
    Hi,

    Is it true that job prospects for engineering undergrads at Cambridge university are low because employers feel the course doesn't cover enough material? I heard this is especially true for IEEE jobs.

    Yes, it's a very theoretical course and more general than everywhere else. Good for working in the City of London, not so good as an engineer.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
    Hi,

    Is it true that job prospects for engineering undergrads at Cambridge university are low because employers feel the course doesn't cover enough material? I heard this is especially true for IEEE jobs.
    Grad prospects are very good from Cambridge.
    http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/sectors...Applicants.asp
    Some example companies at this year's Engineering careers fair:
    http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/datain/...p?purpose=TF17
    https://cld.bz/exbng1y/2/

    Unistats:
    https://unistats.ac.uk/subjects/empl..._KIS/ReturnTo/

    And the course is fully accredited according to your choice of modules.
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    (Original post by bob072)
    Yes, it's a very theoretical course and more general than everywhere else. Good for working in the City of London, not so good as an engineer.
    Why are 62% of grads in an engineering professional role then?
    Similar to Oxford Brookes, for example.
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    Could you explain a little more in detail why?
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    (Original post by bob072)
    Yes, it's a very theoretical course and more general than everywhere else. Good for working in the City of London, not so good as an engineer.
    Yes, I know it is very theoretical, but does that lead to employers rejecting Cambridge undergraduate engineers? I understand you may not know the answer, but if you know of anyone in a similar situation(or the contrary), I would appreciate more information.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Grad prospects are very good from Cambridge.
    http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/sectors...Applicants.asp
    Some example companies at this year's Engineering careers fair:
    http://www.careers.cam.ac.uk/datain/...p?purpose=TF17
    https://cld.bz/exbng1y/2/

    Unistats:
    https://unistats.ac.uk/subjects/empl..._KIS/ReturnTo/

    And the course is fully accredited according to your choice of modules.
    Thanks for the links. However, I still cannot get off my mind the anecdotes of people being told by employers that the Cambridge course is too general for real life jobs. I have heard many of these stories on TSR too.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
    Thanks for the links. However, I still cannot get off my mind the anecdotes of people being told by employers that the Cambridge course is too general for real life jobs. I have heard many of these stories on TSR too.
    The course is as general or as specialised as the modules you take. Most employers have a training program for grads anyway.

    What specific employers are you thinking about? You can then check if they hire Cambridge grads on LinkedIn.

    The majority of Cambridge grads go into real-life engineering jobs.
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    (Original post by Doonesbury)
    Why are 62% of grads in an engineering professional role then?
    Similar to Oxford Brookes, for example.
    That's not high for engineering.
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    (Original post by bob072)
    That's not high for engineering.
    Oxford Brookes is lower.

    It's 75% at Loughborough. Cambridge also has 13% going into IT/Telecoms vs 5% at Loughborough, so that closes it somewhat.

    For sure some Cambridge grads choose not to go into engineering, but most do.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
    Hi,

    Is it true that job prospects for engineering undergrads at Cambridge university are low because employers feel the course doesn't cover enough material? I heard this is especially true for IEEE jobs.
    (Original post by bob072)
    Yes, it's a very theoretical course and more general than everywhere else. Good for working in the City of London, not so good as an engineer.
    There’s a truth in bob072’s post.

    I have a member of family who’s MEng/MPhil Engineering graduate from Cambridge who runs their own engineering consultancy firm and is also actively involved in teaching at Cambridge and a few other universities’ Engineering Dept. Theyve always been saying Cambridge is not the best place to read Engineering if you want to work in the industry as their teaching and what/how they cover it is a little too ‘traditional’ and theoretical, rather than more practical and ‘cutting-edge’ that has a strong linkage to what’s happening in the frontier of Engineering field as some universities that’s better in that.
    The name of ‘cambridge’ would probably not disadvantage you in getting a job as basically ‘it’s cambridge’ and employers know the graduates have a good brain, but if you’re thinking of working in the engineering industry and want to learn more up-to-date aspects of Engineering in more inspiring teaching environment, there may be other universities you’ll enjoy more.
    The family member says there’s a few really good ones in that but unfortunately they don’t rate Cambridge very highly in that aspect.
    I think that’s the more important thing you need to consider than employability of Cambridge graduate in engineering.
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    (Original post by Marcos2000)
    Yes, I know it is very theoretical, but does that lead to employers rejecting Cambridge undergraduate engineers? I understand you may not know the answer, but if you know of anyone in a similar situation(or the contrary), I would appreciate more information.

    As an engineering student in my experience employers are more interested in your experience and how useful you will be as well as academics and having a good degree as a baseline. Some even narrow down the universities they recruit from excluding Cambridge.

    I know a couple of people studying engineering at Oxford and Cambridge, none of them are interested in being Engineers.


    Don't let me put you off though, it's my experience, but Cambridge is a prestigious university and I'm sure you could find a job out of it.
 
 
 

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