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What can I do with my degree in Construction/Engineering?

Skills gained


As well as subject-specific knowledge and skills, a graduate in construction/engineering will typically have gained:

  • problem solving and analytical skills in understanding scientific and mathematical principles as well as a systems approach to engineering problems, being able to integrate these skills to solve everyday and practical problems, doing so individually or as a team
  • decision-making skills in dealing with engineering principles and processes in catering to social, environmental, ethical, economic and commercial contexts, activities to promote sustainable development and application of knowledge in legal requirements including personnel, health and safety
  • organisational skills to undertake a high level of professional and ethical conduct, trained in anticipating and responding to constraints such as environmental and sustainability limitations, or health and safety and risk assessments issues, as well as in monitoring production and operation processes
  • commercial awareness skills and persuasion, influence and negotiating skills in understanding customer and user needs, managing costs, having an acute awareness of quality issues, challenges of intellectual property, contractual concerns, and the aesthetics and design required for economically viable products
  • creativity skills to seek out innovative solutions, being able to manage the design process and evaluate outcomes while faced with technical uncertainty
  • leadership skills and communication skills in applying and delivering management techniques to achieve objectives within an economic, social and environmental context, such as planning, self-learning and improving performance and continuing professional development
  • IT skills  

(Based on the Higher Education Academy Employability Profiles

This is not an exhaustive list of skills - you will develop many skills from your course, extra-curricular activities and work experience. You can find out more about the skills employers look for and how you can develop them here.


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Last Updated: 10/09/2019