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New E-Guide: Engineering Career Pathways for Internationally Trained Engineers

Thursday January 10, 2019 | by Mia Nacamulli

Career Pathways in Engineering is the latest release in the WES Global Talent Bridge Pathways e-guides series. This new e-guide outlines career and academic pathways in the field of engineering, with specifications of the field in the U.S., step-by-step pathways to top engineering careers, licensing and certification requirements, and an array of helpful state-specific resources. In addition, Career Pathways in Engineering offers comprehensive guidance in alternative and related career pathways for internationally trained engineers, with a focus on career options that optimize transferable skills.

What are the Pathways e-guides? The Pathways series provides comprehensive resources for skilled immigrants to plan their professional futures. The e-guides provide sector-specific advice and resources on academic requirements, career options, and, when applicable, licensing and certification requirements. A one-stop source for strategies, support, and additional resources, the Pathways e-guides are helpful at every step of the journey toward professional success for skilled immigrants in the United States.

Paul Feltman, deputy executive director for Global Talent Policy and Programs at WES, says the Pathways guides are “an essential reference for skilled immigrants who may have had to navigate their professional pathways on their own, with only limited resources available to them.”

How can the Pathways e-guides help engineers who want to work in the United States Although there may be some similarities, such as specific education and work experience requirements, the process for securing licensure as an engineer in the U.S. is very different from the professional qualification process abroad. Moreover, In the U.S., licensure for engineering and surveying professions is regulated at the state level.

Career Pathways in Engineering can help internationally trained engineers understand the steps involved in obtaining new credentials, and direct them to the appropriate licensing bodies and organizations along the way. The e-guide describes the roles and responsibilities of engineers, as well as common job titles in the field and what educational requirements and/or certifications are necessary to qualify for different positions. Because re-licensing can be time- and cost- prohibitive, the e-guides also give special attention to related and alternative careers.

What’s next for PathwaysWe plan to publish e-guides in the fields of accounting, architecture, pharmacy, dentistry, and IT in the coming months. Like Career Pathways in Engineering, the upcoming e-guides will feature:

  • Strategies for achieving career success.
  • Helpful charts highlighting licensing and certification requirements.
  • Interactive worksheets and guides.
  • Links to helpful resources in each field.

With these guides in hand, skilled immigrants can navigate their professional fields with confidence and support.

Download the Career Pathways in the Field of Engineering e-guide.

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