Many pursue a degree in aerospace as a way of developing sector specific skills with a view of pursuing a career in the aerospace sector.
However, a degree in aerospace engineering will also give you a broad range of technical and transferable skills allowing you to work in a wide range of industries.
What skills will I gain during the course?
In addition to your professional and technical skills, your aerospace degree will equip you with key employability skills such as:
- research and analysis
- creative and innovative thinking
- verbal and written professional communication including presentation skills
- co-ordinating with others and teamwork
- project management skills
A large proportion of our students go on to work as aerospace engineers. Some students choose to use the skills they have gained throughout their degree to move into graduate roles outside of engineering
How can I develop my skills during my degree?
Regardless of whether you are a first year or final year, developing skills outside your degree will enhance your CV and allow you to provide evidence of these in applications and at interviews. We have a wide range of opportunities at the University for you to explore:
Faculty of Engineering placements
An industrial placement will enable you to gain industry experience, crucial for your career development.
Nottingham Summer Engineering Research Programme (N-SERP)
(N-SERP) provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to sample the life of a researcher.
Students work in a supportive learning environment, under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Over the summer they work on a current research project with access to a wide-range of labs and technical facilities normally only used by postgraduate researchers.
Work experience and volunteering
Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with.
Nottingham Internship Scheme
We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.
Nottingham Consultancy Challenge
The Nottingham Consultancy Challenge offers the chance for you to gain hands-on experience of managing a short term project for a local business or charity as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
Nottingham Advantage Award
The Nottingham Advantage Award offers interesting extracurricular modules to develop and reflect on your employability. With over more than 200 modules across our three campus in the UK, China and Malaysia.
The Students’ Union offers a wide range of volunteering options both locally and internationally which you can fit around your studies.
Alternatively you could get involved in a society or sports club - there's so many, you're bound to find one that interests you!
We offer a range of events to develop your skills and meet employers throughout the year. Check out:
What are the range of careers I can enter?
As an aerospace engineer, there are a number of employment sectors you could consider.
- Aerospace - Rolls Royce, BAE Systems, Meggitt Plc, Airbus)
- Automotive - companies such as JLR, Ford, Renault
- Engineering consultancy - Arup, Aecom, WSP
- Defence - Leonardo, Ultra Electronics, Babcock, MBDA
Other engineering roles
Other engineering roles such as process engineering, project engineering, renewable energy engineering can either be progressed into directly with aerospace degrees or following from a more specialised MSc.
Non-engineering careers for engineers
Not all engineering graduates become engineers. Many of our graduates find alternative opportunities where they are able to use their transferable skills:
- problem-solving and analysis
- project management
- high degree of numerical and computer literacy
Examples of non-engineering roles and employers of Nottingham graduates:
- Analysis roles – credit analyst, data analyst
- Finance and accounting
- Project management
- Risk management
- Supply chain
- Technical and business consulting
- Technology and software development
- Bank of America
- Royal Bank of Scotland
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What further study options do I have?
Some students will progress into further study at postgraduate level in both engineering and non-engineering related areas. Examples of recent further study destinations of aerospace engineering students include:
- MSc Aerospace Engineering
Postgraduate study can be a way to develop a further specialism in a particular area of interest, either through carrying out research or undertaking specialist taught modules. It can also be a way to gain skills and qualifications in areas outside engineering in order to progress into other professions.
For students studying for a BEng qualification undertaking an accredited MSc will give you the level of qualification necessary to become a chartered engineer and to meet the entry requirements of some graduate engineering employers who ask for a masters level qualification.
For students studying for an MEng degree, undertaking an MSc won’t give you a higher-level qualification, but it can be a way of specialising in an area.