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I’m 25 served originally a mechanical apprenticeship then completed a HNC in mechanical engineering. I was always curious about the electrical industry and wanted to know more and learn more so I decided to work for a company carrying out maintenance where I then completed an electrical apprenticeship. I am a very inquisitive individual so as you can imagine have many questions on topics I’d like to understand better which at a technician level is not always possible getting the answers off peers.
My interest is in electrical engineering and am wanting to hopefully study towards a HND/ maybe a degree but wanted advice on what you guys reckon is best. I am currently in full time work. Not sure if it’s best to stay where I am and self fund a HND while I still work (I know it may be hard as I don’t think I will be allocated any time at work to study). Or to potentially find a job with another company which will support my studies?
thank you for your help in advance guys
I would say embrace any opportunity to improve your education.
I am a great fan of the Open University, but sadly the very modest fees were increased almost 10 years ago. The great thing about it is that "open" means open.
The traditional approach to university is to accumulate shed loads of debt in the 3 years after leaving school. Surely it is better to work and at least in part to pay one's way. Perhaps harder, but better in the long run.
You can do electrics so what next?
I was fortunate to get funding from my employer to study with the OU but compared with conventional university the present costs are excellent value.
Be prepared to change career direction as required in our uncertain and rapidly changing world of work. Something I have done going from Geologist to IT Network Specialist via several other career choices. I would say one of my most enjoyable studies was evening classes in City and Guilds Electronic Servicing! I have a passion for practical work and skills which the C&G courses are particularly aimed at.
Best wishes for you future.
Go for it Jack, but do check that the course you take is one accredited by the IET for the professional level you're aiming for.
Back in 1985, I had to go full time at Aston aged 29 as the OU and other day release etc courses were not accredited for CEng and since 2001? you need Masters level to satisfy the standard academic route.
Best wishes in your studies Jack.