Originally Posted by finnpark
Mine have not.
Even some of the ones who got 1.1s are just working as Technicians. There are few graduate engineer jobs going for electronic engineering that is .
This is predicted to continue this year as the graph shows...http://www.electronic.ie/images/demand_graph.gif
- and that graph is for all engineering jobs.
that picture is taken from is actually trying to promote EE from the perspective that the demand for engineers is growing
, not neccessarily greater than supply.
Demand exceeding supply is a luxury many industrys do not have. It's a competitive market, you are in competition for jobs even when demand exceeds supply because the industry does not neccessarily want you just because you survived an EE qualification. They want bright, talented and interested people.
<Cathal's Alarmist Theory of Supply and Demand>
I believe that employment straight from universities may in fact drop, but the companies will tell the government that their demand for graduates has increased - and they will not be lying - they will retain their standard for good
graduates, and the supply of these
Anyway, Midas Ireland
lists 7 multinational and 9 indigenous semiconductor companies interested in increasing Irish EE graduate output:
Analog Devices, Cadence, Intel Ireland, Cypress Semiconductor, Duolog, S3, Xilinx
Anatech, Cratlon, Edalics, Eagle IC, IC Mask, Lightstorm Networks, Silansys, SensL, Wildflower Semiconductor.
I'd suggest that any EE graduate should have applied to most of these before becoming disillusioned about availability of jobs. I certainly didn't know the existence of a number of these when I graduated, so I figure the same is true of others.
Furthermore, in response to Finnpark's comment about taught Masters:
IMHO, the taught Masters offers an useful option to graduates for several reasons:
For individuals coming from less-recognised institutes or with poor grades that may be stigmatzed - fairly or unfairly - in getting jobs, doing a taught masters at a university is probably the shortest route to improve your CV to become competitive - on paper - with good university graduates. The coursework typically blends 3rd/4th year undegrad EE courses with graduate courses so that this person gets a well rounded education - or in some ways, a second chance at graduating with honours.
Also, the taught Masters allows postgraduate study without specialisation - somewhat like the US professional MEng degree, but at the same time providing substantial exposure to research. At the end of the taught Masters, the individual will have given him/herself a non-trivial amount of education pertinent to further postgraduate research programmes or to industry to accelerate his/her career.
Obviously, a research Masters will benefit an individual more in terms of a career in research - but the benefits over the taught Masters in industry are not obvious - unless you want to get into industry research. I recall a Analog Devices graduate presentation last year, where they said that the initial financial benefits of having either Masters was identical - but I don't know is this typical.