We are merging with RE Resource Group

As of 1st November 2018, RE Resource Group and Ambrose Recruitment will be merging to form a Group Structure. It is with great excitement that we announce this merge between the two companies.

Our People

RE Resource Group have been providing temporary and permanent staffing solutions people into the Industrial, Transport, Food Production, Commercial and Hospitality sectors and done so for nearly 18 years managed by Richard East and James Gibbs.

Ambrose Recruitment are a specialist Technical and Engineering recruitment operation that was co-founded by Richard East, Robert Dove and James Gibbs, 4 years ago and has gone from strength to strength in that time. By merging these two companies, it will enable us to broaden and improve our capabilities to our clients and provide better support across more areas of the business.

Our greatest assets have always been our people and by joining the two forces we make a huge increase in the quality of that asset, allowing us to enhance the experience and expertise of our team. This is a merger of two highly compatible companies, as we have found the two working ever more closely in the same market sectors.

Our Values

Ambrose Recruitment and RE Resource Group hold the same core values and therefore allows the company culture to remain the same. Currently, the two companies work alongside in the Cheltenham office and do so very well, supporting each other effectively. We will now expand this to the other RE branches to work closely with ourselves and continue to grow.

Employees from both companies have been involved with the merge, from the beginning, contributing their thoughts throughout the transitioning period. The overall involvement from all parties has made for a smooth change and allowed deserving staff to step up.

Though we will now operate as one company, customers and candidates can rely on the same personal working relationships that they have had in the past. All customers will continue to receive the same services and will be managed by the same Account Managers and Teams but have a broader range of services and specialist consultants available to them. Similarly, all candidates will have access to a broad range of roles and opportunities.

This is a big moment for us and the industries we work in, but know that when we look back in a couple of years, we will see the positive impact it has had on the group. Our team are all now familiar with the merge and its structure and will be happy to answer further questions.

 

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Advice for Younger Engineers

People often get to a point in their life, when they will wish they could turn back the clock knowing all the lessons learnt and opportunities missed. Today’s workforce looks very different to what it did many years ago, across all sectors. People no longer stay at their jobs for 30 years or more.

Young engineers often come into the workforce with a wide range of skills, but there is always something to learn and advice to take from senior colleagues. We have complied a list showcasing some of the best advice to give, not only younger engineers but any young person stepping into the workforce or a new career.

Don’t be deterred from the engineering sector:

It is well known across the engineering sector, that there is a shortage of women. Often, young females feel put off by the stereotype of a male only school. They are faced with the pressure to choose a female dominant sector rather than “bend the rules” a little and go for their strengths that may well lie in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths STEM. In 1984, just 7% of UK engineering graduates were women. By 2016, this had increased to 15.8%. Despite many initiatives aimed at tackling this percentage, this is still a challenge we face. It is important to retain engineers once they are working in industry and, for women especially, ensure there is a valid return ticket after a career break.

Find a mentor:

No advice can beat that of a mentor. Having someone there to guide you to make crucial decisions in your career. This mentor has been in your shoes and likely has a lot of knowledge and experiences that have led them to a successful career thus far. Borrowing the wisdom of a further qualified and more practised role model can provide the type of support you’ll need to develop a career in engineering. Just like all other industries, finding a person to motivate you to better yourself and push you beyond your comfort zone will guide you on a successful career path. Take a look around at the engineers you admire and recognise their strengths and aim to adopt those that you can, similarly if there are superiors that you don’t admire, note their weaknesses and work on avoiding them in your own career path. Choose someone who you respect and can learn from.

Never stop Learning:

With the increasing speed of technology around the world, we all need to be lifelong learners. In the engineering world, it is dangerous to remain silent to seem wise, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Questions are not stupid, and probing questions enables us to extend our comfort zones and propels us to career growth. As a young engineer or graduate, you recognise that your certificate is just a starting point of a career that needs constant education. Even after landing a job, your success is marked by a continuous stream of learning curves that will ultimately lead to a hugely professional career. The power that lies with curiosity and asking questions in any workplace is phenomenal and helps clarify things along the way, making you more of a standout engineer in the future.

Work On your Soft Skills:

It is no longer just your technical skills that are important to you-these are just the start. Soft skills are the personal attributes that sit outside of your work experience and professional qualifications. Although, a strong CV may get you to the interview stage of a job, your soft skills will get you the position. These skills may include, effective communication, teamwork, creativity, problem solving and adaptability. Don’t underestimate how important these can be to a prospective employer.

No matter where you plan to take your career or how far you want to reach, this advice will help to pave the way to a job you want, Engineering is a buzzing and innovative industry to work in where opportunities will arise along the way, as with many careers. However, you will face some big decisions, problems and tough competition, so taking our advice could guide you to a future of success. If you are new to Engineering or are just looking for a new role in the engineering sector, contact our Ambrose Recruitment team to discuss how they can help you find your dream job and advance your career in engineering.

Why is it worth working on your “soft skills?”

Improving your “Soft skills” as an engineer is important for all aspects of the job. Perhaps you are wondering what a soft skill is and more importantly if you have one or many. Soft skills are personality traits and interpersonal skills that can directly affect your relationship with other people. Thankfully these skills are often ones that can easily be identified and strengthened by yourself. Although the skills you are trained in are important and valuable to you and your employer, you should consider advancing your soft skills. These skills, are not necessarily something to be learnt through a Sunday afternoon session with google. Soft skills are easy to spot in people around you. They are likely to be the person that can chat to people easily and can tell you the name of other employers and their title in their departments. Or maybe you have a friend who is your go-to person for top advice. These types of individuals have great soft skills. They may not be the smartest or most qualified person in the room but they are confident communicating with people and others feel comfortable around them. It’s likely to be just easy to spot someone with a lack of soft skills.

Communication 

Having solid communication skills is essential in the engineering and manufacturing field. Whilst having technical knowledge is critical, the ability to communicate ideas, present projects and report to others is just as important. Engineers are often required to communicate with people outside of the engineering environment, and being able to do so in a clear and effective way is a skill in itself. Communication includes listening as well as successfully talking to others. Accepting feedback and acting on it without taking offence is part of this valuable skill.  Listening to colleagues is a requirement of any worker in all sectors, whether technically specific or picking up when a colleague is in need of help or suggestions, can improve your communicative skill set.

Problem Solving and Creativity

Problem solving is the process of recognizing a difficulty or complication, identifying possible solutions, and then implementing one. The hardest part of problem solving is often determining what the actual problem is. It is up to engineers to determine what they want out of a specific situation and the resources they need to achieve it. As the world grows, new problems will become and therefore require new perspectives and innovative approaches for effective solution. A dictionary definition of creativity shows it as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships, or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretation, etc. Synonyms; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.” An engineer can see something in a relationship that others overlooked and will advance the engineering process.

Leaderships and Teamwork

Leadership alone is not a skill, but more the blending of a number of skills. Leaderships is about successfully interacting with others and convincing them to follow. Every team needs someone to set the direction and co-ordinate progress. With increasing number of senior engineers retiring, the new generation of engineers will be relied on by employers to step up and take charge or projects and teams. A leader must understand time management, attention to detail, empathy and two-way communication of ideas and concerns. Engineers rarely work alone, so therefore need to know how to work with others. Whether this be collaborating with other engineers, designers or individuals from outside their unit, it is important to work with others to bring together a project. To do so successfully, would require an engineer to apply appropriate verbal and non-verbal communication to enable others to trust and rely on you. Teamwork also means supporting others in what they do so that the whole team is kept positive and completion of the project is rewarding for all.

When it comes to your soft skills and recognising what needs to be worked on, don’t underestimate how important these can be to a prospective employer. Often just as important as your technical abilities, an employer will be looking for clear evidence of soft skills throughout an interview. Rather than listing these, provide details of how you outlined these in a specific scenario.

If you are looking or your next role in the engineering and manufacturing sector, contact us today to discuss.

 

Ambrose Rise To The Challenge

Last Thursday, 5th July 2018, a team from Ambrose Recruitment comprising of Chris Rooum, Rory McStay, James Gibbs, Sam Bainbridge, Ed Dixon and Ashley Jennings travelled to the Brecon Beacons to compete in the UK Challenge. With competition coming from experienced teams from the likes of Airbus, CGI and T-Systems along with a team containing 4 time Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, it was a real step into the unknown. All the team knew was that over the next 72 hours they would be tested mentally, physically and emotionally.

Challenge 1

For this challenge, the team had to split into two and run for 90 minutes through the park next to the castle travelling to different points in a specified order, having to check in correctly at each. This was under the guise of football matches and league tables with the task of moving from League 1 through the Championship and into the Premier League. Unfortunately due to a mix up at the first check in point we didn’t do as well as we probably should have and only managed to move into the Championship however a solid cup run ensured that the team secured a decent amount of points.

 

Challenge 2

This challenge, saw the team splitting with Rory and James taking part in a series of physical challenges (Archery, reaction skills, and accurate ball throwing), Sam and Ashley puzzle solving, Chris having to match sides on a specially created rubiks cube to interior features within the castle and Ed information gathering for the main puzzles kept in the keep. Somehow we managed to solve all 8 of the main puzzles to ensure a reasonably heathly start before returning to our beds at around 0200!

Challenge 3

We woke to the good news that we were in 37th place (out of 74) and that helped with the general tiredness of only 3 hours sleep before heading into the Brecons for our first challenge of the day. Sam, James, Rory and Ed spent 2.5 hours on Kayaks heading to specific locations on  a lake at set times to ensure none of the villages flooded. This task required a strong strategy and unfortunately ours wasn’t particularly good!

Challenge 4

The main challenge of the day saw the team having to reach a number of locations on foot and on bike in a 5 hour time period. Chris and James raced up to the highest peak Pen Y Fan before running back time and climbing up another ridge, they then jumped on their bikes for a gruelling hours ride. Sam and Ed headed up the next two highest peaks (Cribyn and Fan y Big) whilst Rory and Ash spent time racing around on their Mountain Bikes before Kayaking across another lake. Suffice to say everyone was quite tired by this point!

Challenge 5

The team then headed to the University sports complex where they were set the task of building a catapult using basic supplies, the team created a masterpiece following Rory and Sam’s design idea and we managed a very respectable result beating teams from Airbus and the RAF. After this challenge the team headed back to their room for another late finish.

Challenge 6

The first challenge of the last day saw James, Chris, Rory and Ash running through fields of stinging nettles for two hours attempting to be at the right place at the right time. This was another tough challenge but the teams strategy was better than others.

 

Challenge 7

For the penultimate challenge, Chris took the role of a CEO, with Sam as his PA, and was given the task of increasing profits by investing in stocks and shares, whilst the rest of the team provided currency by solving puzzles and running up hills.

 

Challenge 8

The last challenge was final physical and mental challenge, Ash, Rory, James and Chris headed out on their Mountain Bikes and had to solve two puzzles whilst initially head up a steep mountain. However, what comes up must come down and one of the highlights of the whole challenge was flying down a trail! After being on the bikes for around 12km the team dropped the bikes of along with Ash who substituted out for Sam for the 8km run. We again successfully solved the last two puzzles (the last of which only 5 teams in the whole competition managed) before picking up Ash and Ed for the final sprint to the finish line.

Once back, the team celebrated into the evening and found that they had finished 50th – not bad for a first attempt. Next year the Challenge travels to Snowdonia and the team are hoping to give it another go.

On reflection the team felt that the amount of mental and physical toughness required to complete the challenge was immense.  Running / riding up the Brecon’s in this heat was very demanding.  What most impressed with the comradery amongst everyone, we all rallied together to make sure we competed well against some really tough teams who had completed selection processes for entry. It was a great weekend, lack of sleep and the boiling heat made things harder but we had a really good time and really appreciated the opportunity. We managed to beat the RAF and teams who have competed multiple times before so everyone can be very proud. It’s a weekend we will not forget in a hurry!

Why a CV will never tell you what you really want to know

 Having been in recruitment for a few years now, and visiting a large number of hiring managers to discuss their requirements there is one attribute that any candidate can have but not all possess – regardless of the seniority of the role. It is also probably the most important thing I look for when recruiting for my team and a skill I am trying to develop in my children.

However, you will rarely find it mentioned in a candidates CV. It’s a simple thing that can mean different things to different people but for me its positivity and the ability to deal with change in the right way.

ATTITUDE – It cannot be taught at school, but it can be developed there and in the home. How you treat others and your commitment to improve and adapt.

Winston Churchill describes attitude as “a little thing that makes a big difference” whilst Albert Einstein felt that “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”.

At Ambrose Recruitment we have 6 core values that are all spokes on the attitude wheel, we celebrate these each quarter by voting for the colleagues whom we feel demonstrated each attribute the most. They are Driven, Expertise, Agility, Integrity, Empowerment and Fun.

These are traits I look for also when recruiting for my clients. My role and that of my team isn’t just to key word match within CVs, its to find candidates who will fit in to our clients business’ and within their teams and fit their culture. At Ambrose Recruitment, we try to ensure they will not interview people who clearly do not have an attitude that will fit, regardless of how their skills look on paper.

Of course, the better understanding we have of our clients and hiring managers the easier this is – which is why I always encourage an open and frank discussion between both parties at the beginning of any recruitment campaign.

These are the following key examples I would give for showing a positive attitude in the workplace.

  • Being able to innovate, suggest new solutions and take some of the slack when needed.
  • Self-awareness – knowing when you’ve made a mistake and owning it.
  • Getting the job done come what may, I lose count of the times when I have had to deal with an urgent matter and called my wife to let her know I may be a little late home to ensure I can meet my commitments. Luckily, I have a very understanding wife!
  • Being there through the good times but not going missing when things aren’t going so well.
  • Showing the desire to develop and looking for the opportunities to do so. In sport, the best players are often the ones who work the hardest. This is no coincidence Jonny Wilkinson and Michael Jordan are just a couple of examples who share the ideals of boxer, Oscar De La Hoya who said, “There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business.”
  • Treating everybody with respect, from the cleaner to the MD. If you attend an interview, smile and be courteous to everyone – it goes a long way!

When I speak to a candidate who clearly demonstrates an exceptional attitude. Has done his or her research on the client and talks about how they can truly make a difference, I immediately pick up the phone on their behalf and strongly recommend an interview knowing that they will represent Ambrose Recruitment and themselves in a professional and positive way to client.

However, I have represented candidates previously and after a conversation with my clients, I have expressed my concerns, that whilst they display all of the job requirements I do not see them as fitting within the culture of the business.

The recruitment process starts with the recruiter, so make sure your attitude is a reflection of you from the start. If you are looking for a new role, show an interest, ask questions, do some research, ask for help if needed.

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” Maya Angelou

Blog written by Chris, our Recruitment Manager at Ambrose Recruitment.

Celebrating Women In Engineering-STEM

On Friday 22nd June Ambrose Recruitment were delighted to be invited by Spirax Sarco to ‘Raising The Bar’ networking event to celebrate International Women In Engineering Day. This was attended by Recruitment Manager Chris Rooum and Spirax Sarco Account Manager Sam Bainbridge.

The event held at Spirax Sarco’s UK HQ in Cheltenham was organised by Gloucestershire STEM Network with the aim to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing the engineering industry and recognising the importance to those who provide inspiration to other young women considering a career in engineering.

It was great to hear from a number of guest speakers including Lindsay Perks (Principal Consultant at Osprey), Rachel Pallett (Sales Director EMEA at Watson Marlow Fluid Technology) and Chama Shanyinde (Bridge Engineer at Tony Gee & Partners). Each gave an insightful view into their career, successes in how they got to where they are today and setbacks faced along the way.

There were also talks from Spirax Sarco Directors Jim Devine (Group HR Director) and Neil Daws (Divisional Director) who gave their view on the importance of increasing awareness of Women in Engineering.

Following the talks there was a thought-provoking question and answer session.  Some key issues were bought up and discussions around the effects of maternity leave as well as how engineering can be made more appealing to females at a grass roots level.

A Big thank you to Spirax Sarco and STEM Gloucestershire for putting on the event. Events like this are important for highlighting the need for diversity within the workplace and celebrating the fantastic work done by those looking to further develop these initiatives.

Women In Engineering

International Women in Engineering Day takes place every year on 23rd June. It’s a day to celebrate those women studying and working in engineering, as well as encouraging more women to consider a career in engineering. The national day began in the UK in 2014, but grew to be internationally recognised in 2017.

A study taken in 2017 indicates that 11% of the engineering workforce is female, meaning an increase of 2% on the survey from 2015. However, this still makes females under populated in the engineering field. The under-representation of women in the field is problematic as it leaves a gap in the workforce leaving out potential talent.

UK Engineering is facing serious skills shortages. Approximately 90,000 graduate level engineers are needed each year between now and 2020. The UK has a long way to go to fill the predicted skills gap with the higher education system currently producing only 50000 engineering graduates annually- a gap that cannot only be filed by focusing recruitment on 50% of the population (males).

We spoke with Laura Hurcombe, a thriving engineer who is currently the SSP Pumps’ Business Improvement Manager. Laura has strived in a male dominant sector and believes addressing diversity and inclusion will not only help bridge this gap, it will also help drive innovation and creativity. The future success of engineering will come from addressing complex global challenges. Innovative solutions will only be possible with improved diversity and inclusion within the workplace.

Laura started her career at the age of 17 when she joined Renishaw as an apprentice and continued her study part-time at the UWE Bristol where she achieved an Honours Degree. In 2007, Laura moved to SPP Pumps Limited as a Design Engineer. From there, Laura has progressed through the company holding positions of Technical Documentation Manger, Engineering Manager and Production manager making her responsible for the delivery of highly specified designs and products into the Oil and Gas, fire and protection and Water industries from the Coleford Manufacturing site in the Forest Of Dean.

Having attended the Japanese Union for scientists and engineers to study Total Quality Management Laura returned to her position as Business Excellence Manager and developed a company Improvement strategy and project management office to manage the continuous improvement initiatives within SPP Pumps Ltd, to quantitatively and qualitatively improve costs, quality and service, achieving a significant benefit to the company.

Laura is a keen supporter of local education initiatives, having been an active member of Forest Inspiration, and most notably lead a workplace learning scheme that won a national adult learning award for its innovative approach to providing learning opportunities at work, enhancing the business as well as the lives of its employees and families. Science and maths are essential subjects to study at school to enable students to qualify for university courses. Studies have shown that contrary to popular belief girls are equally competent at them as boys and being at a single sex school enhances girls performance in these subjects.

Another inspirational engineer, Emma Holly provided us with the following quote regarding her career in engineering and the amazing achievements she has gained. Emma says “I was from a family of engineers and both of my older sisters had also started out as apprentices in engineering. Both carved out successful careers.  It was clear where my path lay.

My careers teacher was keen to get me involved. Along with my father, she was my inspiration and set up a number of opportunities to trigger my enthusiasm. I followed suit and started my apprenticeship at Peugeot cars. There was just one other female apprentice and 12 Male. I have had lots of roles and worked in lots of great companies. Although it’s tough for women in engineering it is also very rewarding. I never saw myself in a male role, we had no gender boundaries defined whilst we were growing up. Anyone is capable of achieving anything. The frustration was more apparent as a young engineer with something to prove, but once established as credible professional being a woman in engineering is actually a positive thing. Being a minority often sets you aside in a positive way. I have always been very driven and nothing stands in my way. I have had a number of senior roles in engineering and am keen to get young people involved in engineering. I am currently CEO in Lucy Castings and transforming the business ready for a growth plan over the coming years.”

These two examples of women, not just succeeding but blooming in their engineering fields are an encouragement to young women considering the sector as a career. The biggest barrier to young women is not being able to see more than a handful of females doing traditionally ‘male’ jobs in the sector, which makes them assume these roles are closed to them. There is a lack of awareness at secondary school level about how wide ranging the opportunities in engineering are with only 31% of female students being fully informed of the extent of options available to them.

Engineering is important to the UK, contributing £12£128milionto our economy. If women were encouraged to meet their full potential in work, it is expected it could add as much as £28 trillion to annual GDP in 2025. In any business or sector, a contrasting set of eyes looking at a problem, can offer a different angle and point out a flaw or solution.

The UK has the lowest number of female engineers in Europe 7% compared to 25% in Sweden and 30% in Latvia. Perception of engineering jobs is often seen as hard hats and construction sites but this is only a small part engineering.

Employers are beginning to offer women in the engineering sector allowances to re-enter the workplace without formal qualifications. Schools are paying experts to educate girls in schools about the opportunities and rewards women in engineering can achieve. There is hope that this drive will initiate some positive participation shifts for female engineers in five years’ time.

If you are an engineer looking for a fresh start and would like to see what opportunities we might have available, get in contact with us!

 

How to Find The Best Engineering Jobs

How To Find The Best Engineering Jobs

When it comes to finding a dream job, everyone has a plan to make the dream a reality. But even though a ‘dream job’ will look different to each person, there are plenty of things you can do to put yourself on track to find the best thing for you. Whether you’re a student, graduate or well-established in your career, here’s our advice on how to find the best engineering jobs.

Be clear about what you want…or don’t want

If you’re a graduate, it can be challenging knowing where to start looking for a role. To find the best graduate engineering jobs, consider what you like about the industry and what you want from a career in engineering. What’s your priority? Is it making a difference, working with a team or on cutting edge projects? Being clear about these things will help you narrow down your search and by consequence, direct you towards the best jobs for you and your specific goals.

On the other side of the fence, it also helps to know what you don’t want. This might be more applicable for someone more advanced in their career, but either way, job seekers need to think about what they absolutely couldn’t tolerate in a job.

Think long-term

The best opportunities could be found by thinking long-term. Because the industry is ever-evolving, what seems to be the status quo for a particular sector or product now, will probably seem like a distant memory in 15 years’ time.

It’s not possible to predict how the industry will pan out, but it is possible to look at how things have developed so far, what trends have become clear and to think about what industry needs might be in several years’ time. This will give you an idea of where engineers will be most needed, subsequently where opportunities are likely to arise and where the most exciting projects can be found. Do plenty of research and look at trends and developments in each sector. Even if you aren’t keeping up to date with industry developments for recruitment purposes, it’s wise to keep up to date with what the competition is doing.

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Build up your contacts

‘It’s not what you know, it’s who’. A phrase we’ve all heard at some stage in our careers and one we probably don’t pay enough attention to. As a rough number, traditional online applications make up around 80% of applicants across a whole host of industries, accounting for about 30% of hires. But compare that with the fact that personal recommendations account for only 6% of all applications, but as much as 50% of all hires. The numbers speak for themselves, so it definitely helps to have a strong network of professional contacts. Many great engineering jobs may not even be advertised, if the employer has sufficient talent to choose from in front of them, thanks to speculative applications or personal recommendations.

It can also be beneficial to join a professional organisation, as not only will it enable you to build up your contact list, but learn from or be mentored by more senior colleagues as well as staying up to date with professional developments. As we’ve already established, more often than not the best engineering jobs will also be found through this professional network.

Use a recruitment agency

On the subject of professional contacts, many organisations will choose to work with specialist recruitment agencies for all of their hiring needs. The agency will therefore have a good relationship with the company and an understanding of what its exact needs are, as well as knowing who will fit in to each sector and working environment. Apart from making life much easier for the company, the strong relationship means the company trusts the opinion of their recruiter. Great news for candidates being put forward for consideration.

So as a candidate, registering and working with a specialist engineering recruitment agency means you will not only have access to the best roles there is already the need for, but the agency can also present your details to companies even when that company is not actively recruiting. The ‘best’ engineering job is going to look different to each candidate, but a recruitment agency will take the time to learn what this means to you.

At Ambrose Recruitment we work with businesses as their long-term recruitment partner and specialise in finding the best technical roles for our candidates, in all engineering sectors. Get in touch to speak to one of our consultants about your next role in engineering.

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Engineer Planning Ideas

5 Traits of an Exceptional Engineer

Becoming an engineer has never been an easy career path. Most engineering jobs require a certain level of skill, ability and experience. There’s more to engineering than just technical know-how, though. So what makes the difference between a good engineer and a great one?

Here are 5 traits of an exceptional engineer…

1. Having soft skills

Most people might assume that being the most intellectual, technically-able engineer in the room means you’re the best one. You’re certainly likely to come up with fantastic technological solutions. But if you have don’t have the soft skills to work well as part of a team or communicate with the others your ideas aren’t going to get very far.

Engineering solutions work best when they have factored in the expertise and thoughts of a number of different perspectives. It’s not good if the people around you find you impossible to work with. Being approachable, able to listen, understand, show leadership and clearly communicate your ideas are as, if not more, important that the knowledge you have.

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2. Exceeding expectations

The engineering industry is about innovation, new solutions and technological advances. Most companies want growth and greatness, but this growth can only come from the individual engineers they hire. An engineer who is ambitious and determined is more likely to dream big and push the boundaries, aiming for bigger and better advancements, that will in turn, drive the company forward.

There are many talented engineers, but an exceptional one will outperform in their role thanks to this drive. They’ll crave achievement, learn from their – and others’ – mistakes and push themselves to improve with each new project.

3. Looking at the big picture

One of the most valued and important traits of an exceptional engineer, is being able to look beyond the small stuff. The best engineers have big-picture vision. Instead of focusing on immediate needs, it’s important to think about long term goals, the wider impact of decisions and where the industry will be moving to over the next few decades.

Most engineering projects will require a project plan and part of this means thinking about every eventuality. Being able to identify any possible problems that might crop up in the future and being ready to adjust accordingly. If you can think about more than one solution, you’ll be ready with a back-up if your first option fails. Exceptional engineers understand their product and have a vision of its journey from inception to end user, as well as an idea of what trends they need to look out for over the next few years.

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4. Simplify

The daily responsibility of most engineering jobs is to solve problems. More often than not, the most effective solution to a problem is also the most simple. For most engineers it is second nature to take a project, piece of equipment, code or technology and make this better. As engineering work becomes more complicated, it takes a really skilled engineer to simplify whatever the ‘thing’ is, so that it can effectively understood or applied. The default path for most technological advances is to become more complex over time, unless an engineer is deliberate in their approach to simplifying developments. The more complex something is, the more expensive it is to change, the harder it is to grow and the more risk there is that something will go wrong. So it’s a win-win if you can minimise this risk and make something easier to work with.

5. Being able to understand others

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Engineers may work on things that seem technical and not very easy to understand. Although engineering can be all of these things, ultimately the industry doesn’t design ultra-sophisticated technology for itself or machines. It provides solutions for everyday life. Engineers need to ask themselves what people want and need. What will improve functionality and efficiency in the technology we use? What can make daily tasks that bit simpler? A great engineer needs to be able to communicate and understand ordinary needs on an emotional and practical level. Developing plans that are ambitious or complex might be impressive, but this doesn’t mean they will have relevance in day to day life.

Are you looking for your next engineering role? Do you want to find out how you can stand out from the competition? Get in touch with our specialist recruiters today for a chat about your skills and experience.

UK Challenge

10,000 individuals, 2500 teams, 500 companies, 3 days. The staff at Ambrose Recruitment are excited to be entering into the UK Challenge next month.  The UK challenge is the worlds leading team building event and this year is being held in Brecon Beacons from July 5th-July 8th. With the event fast approaching, the team have started their training to put them in top shape for the event.

The challenge involves a range of mental and physical tasks across the 3 days, so simply being fit, is not necessarily enough. Each stage across the event will test patience, strategy, leadership, intelligence, compassion but most of all teamwork. So the team may be required to solve a set of anagrams and riddles, or attempt to cross a lake with a canoe or conquer a mountain as a team.

UK challenge is an opportunity for Ambrose to work together, build as a team and communicate effectively. The event has been statistically proven to improve participants’ performance back in the workplace. The challenge aims to provide a cultivating companionship far beyond the office. But within the adventure-based event also lies a competition steeped in rivalry as teams compete for the highly coveted UK Challenge crown. 97% of the UK challenge participants significantly improve their teamwork as a result of taking part.

The challenges will not be revealed until the very first evening of the event. With very little disclosure of the challenges involved int the event, it is difficult to train. The UK Challenge recommend that everyone in the team should be about to run and cycle 10km on uneven terrain. It is suggested that 2 or 3 of the team members be strong swimmers and prepare to swim approximately 200m in cold, open-water. And all team mates must be prepared to take on the physically demanding challenge with potential sleep deprivation. Due to the nature of the event, there is more than fitness required. The team will need to be prepared for a lot of varied challenges throughout whilst constantly being under pressure. During the lead up to the event, the team will be provided with a comprehensive training guide, supplied by the event organisers, to assist with preparations.

The team consists of 6 competitors, representing Ambrose Recruitment and each individual has selected a charity to sponsor. This event is far from easy, and will test a number of factors for the group, but they are excited to see how the event may help them to build as a team and recognise the team members strengths and maximise the teams performance within the office. To see the team involved, take a look at our Meet the Team section and follow our Facebook Page for regular updates!