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If you find yourself poring over prospectuses for obscure MAs or still can’t decide whether your position as vice-president of the knitting society is a legitimate CV point, it may be that you’re in need of further options. Grad schemes are eluding you and the third year fear has finally set in. But have you considered creating your own graduate job? If the idea of being your own boss sounds appealing, here’s what you need to know.
Engineering touches almost everything we do and use. From turning on the light switch to driving a car, engineers have made it possible. The problem is that the diversity of careers that an engineering qualification can therefore open up isn’t something that’s getting through to enough girls. Indeed, figures show that female employees make up just 13 per cent of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) jobs – a particularly concerning number when you consider that engineering needs 87,000 new graduates every year.
Sophie Walters, 19, is a long way from her original plan of going to drama school. Like a growing number of school leavers, she’s decided higher education is too expensive and has instead opted for on-the-job training which will leave her debt-free and earning a decent wage after three years – and with a degree equivalent qualification to boot. “I thought: ‘why not?’” she says.
With the end in sight for most students (sorry medics!), many of us are facing up to four months of parental glares, painful hangovers and perpetual omnibuses of Come Dine With Me. If you’re hoping to break the monotony and earn some cash, then it’s time to start searching for a summer job.
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