Getting your Degree Recognised: What Kind of Recognition Should You Seek as an Aspiring Engineer?

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“Is this degree recognised?” When students approach us, they often ask about recognition. There is no blanket answer for this. Every student has a different set of needs and goals, and thus their expectations for recognition differ.

Becoming an engineer is one of the most coveted and competitive career paths in the world. Choosing the right engineering course and institution to pursue your professional qualification can be tough. One mistake could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in tuition fees as well as years of regret.

That’s why it’s unsurprising that students often ask if the degree programmes offered at Auston Institute of Management are recognised.

In this article, we have laid out all the facts for you, so that you can make a more informed decision.

Understanding What Recognition Means

For many people, being ‘recognised’ is an indicator of success.

There are many types of recognition, and each has its own value.

Most aspiring engineers want employers’ and the community’s recognition to feel a sense of achievement and pride.

But it may not be the same for you.

That’s why it’s important to understand whose recognition matters the most to you.

Is it:

● Recognition by boards such as the Professional Engineers’ Board (PEB) and Institution of Engineers (IES)?

● Recognition from employers?

● Recognition by others?

● Recognition from oneself (or self-recognition)?

In a minute, we will show you want each of these means for aspiring engineers like you.

But first, let’s make sure you understand what PEB and IES are and how they are relevant to your career as an engineer.

Do You Know What a Professional Engineer (PE) Is?

The Professional Engineers Board (PEB) is the body authorised to certify professional engineers. It gives individuals and corporations the license to prepare, sign and submit engineering plans and drawings that are often required for large-scale projects.

What Does it Take to Get Recognition and a License From the PEB?

To qualify for PEB recognition, a person must:

● Hold an approved degree or qualification listed in the Professional Engineers (Approved Qualifications) Notification/ Amendment Notification 2009

● Acquire relevant practical experience for not less than four years

● Pass either one oral examination or two written examinations – 1) the Fundamentals of Engineering Examination and 2) the Practice of Professional Engineering Examination

● Attend a professional interview

If none of the above makes sense to you, here’s basically what it means.

You need to have an Engineering degree from a highly selective list of institutions, work in an Engineering role for at least 4 years, pass a couple of exams and ace an in-person interview.

Even if you hold a degree from a well-known institution, you may not qualify if you did not study on-campus, as the PEB does not recognise qualifications received through distance learning or twinning programmes (unless it approves of such a programme itself).

What About the Institution of Engineers and the Washington Accord?

The Institution of Engineers (IES) is another accreditation body, which represents Singapore in the Washington Accord.

The Washington Accord is an agreement between international bodies that accredit engineering degree programmes and have also chosen to help engineers move easily between countries.

In other words, they play a relatively important role in making sure that the qualifications you attain locally are transferable and recognised overseas.

Before we move on, there are a few key points you should take note of:

1. PEB only recognises certain qualifications from specific institutions that it approves of.

Qualifications from several foreign institutions are approved. However, locally – only qualifications from NTU and NUS are approved. As distance learning programs are not approved, institutes within Singapore that award Degrees from foreign universities do not count.

If you’re determined to attain PEB’s recognition and you will stop at nothing to get it, your only option is to either cover the expense of studying at a foreign institution or to be among the 1% of the population that gets into NUS or NTU.

2. PEB recognition is part of a long-term goal that takes almost a decade

As you may have realised, no degree provides you with an immediate PE status. To attain a PE status as soon as possible, you have to plan your career from the start. It’s basically like dedicating your whole life to it.

This observation exposes the harshness of the education system – if you didn’t do well in exams previously, it might feel like you have lost all precious opportunities and that your future is completely decided for you.

But all is not lost, and PE recognition is not the only thing that matters.

Truth is, lack of PE status does not mean that you can’t be an outstanding engineer.

In fact, many students who’ve graduated from Auston Institute have gone on to become General Managers and Chief Technology Officers, who are all successful in their own right.

While public institutions do enjoy good name and reputation, they belong to a system that does not suit everyone. This system seeks to optimise opportunities for a very small percentage of students.

It does not make room for people who have different talents and skills, especially if you’re considered a ‘late bloomer’.

If PEB recognition is indeed crucial to you, there are certain workarounds such as getting approved as a PE in another country like the UK or topping up your education with a Masters qualification from NUS or NTU.

Such cases are at the discretion of the PEB itself, so your best bet would be to enquire the board about it.

But if you ask me, many students and engineers have gone on to achieve career success without a PE status, so why do you have to limit yourself to such a narrow definition of success?

Are There Other Kinds of Recognition That Matter More Than PEB’s?

I think so. Here are a few:

Recognition by Employers (Especially Your Ideal Workplace)

Honestly, employers’ recognition is the most important criteria for any degree.

After all, the point of going through all the hard work to get a degree is to land a good job or qualify yourself for promotion opportunities.

So, What are These Companies Looking For in Engineers?

Employers care most about the value you bring to the table.

If they hire you, they want to see what you’re able to do for them from day one. They want you to contribute to projects and deliver results.

So the question is, can you? Can you work independently to examine the tasks given to you and work out their solutions? Or do you need to be handheld by a colleague every step of the way?

The answer to these questions is more important to employers than your degree.

Employers need competent and reliable engineers who “get it”. They want to be able to give you a task and rely on you to get it done.

That’s why our Electrical and Electronics Engineering and Mechatronics degree courses are designed to help you meet these industry needs and standards.

In class, students are surrounded by peers who share the same ambitions, and lecturers bring years of relevant industry expertise to support their career growth.

If you study hard and pay attention in class and during lab work, you can easily assure your interviewer that you’ll be delivering results from day one.

This is what they want. This is what will get you hired.

Does Auston Institute Help You Achieve That?

The answer is yes.

Many students have found success in getting jobs at their dream companies.

Here are a few of those companies that have hired Auston graduates:

● United Technologies

● Rolls Royce

● Hitachi

● Siemens

● London Stock Exchange Group

● Singtel

● Axiata

Getting accepted in a dream company will make you feel good about your abilities and provide a promising start to an impressive career.

The major strength of engineers lies in their ability to come up with practical and customised solutions for different challenges.

As an engineer, if you’re able to design the solutions the world needs and can show that perfectly, companies will hire you.

And this, in turn, will get you…

…Recognition by Others

People often look for external validation as a measure of their success. And that’s something most aspiring engineers also seek.

It is human to want recognition from friends, family and fellow engineers.

Getting a degree in engineering is a matter of dedication and a lot of hard work.

And getting one helps you command respect and achieve greater standing within the community. Engineers are and will always be looked up to, especially in Singapore.

Auston Institute will help you work towards your goal of getting a degree in your chosen field of engineering and bring you closer to achieving the kind of recognition you want.

In fact, we offer engineering degrees that are awarded by universities in the UK.

Those who graduate from Auston Institute are given the same rights, privileges and recognition as their UK counterparts, as recognised in the Washington Accord.

Moreover, when you land a dream job at a well-known company with this degree, your status as an engineer will get an automatic “upgrade”.

This will get you more recognition and respect from others.

Plus, we have a strong alumni network, so this gives you opportunities to interact with fellow engineers, attend industry events, and have access to industry insiders. This will help you establish a healthy peer network that enables you to succeed further in your career.

And if that’s not enough, there’s one other form of recognition that may be even more important to you.

Recognising Oneself (Self-Recognition)

You probably haven’t heard this before.

Seeking praise from others for your accomplishments is natural. It does boost a person’s self-worth.

But without trust and faith in your abilities and skills as an engineer, any other kind of recognition might start to feel empty. It will never be enough.

Fact is, self-recognition lies at the core of anything and everything that you achieve in life.

You should ask yourself what you want, what you want to achieve, where you want to see yourself in 5 years or 10 years.

Perhaps you should find those answers even before you consider what sort of recognition you want from others.

When you’re happy with yourself and your life, achieving career success is less of a struggle. You feel motivated to study. It feels effortless. You work hard because of your passion and your will to make a lasting impact on the world.

When you know the value you can create as an engineer, you will recognise your abilities more.

It will help you show your engineering prowess to the community you care about and to the employers you dream about working for in a better way, even if you find the working hours or conditions too tough right now.

Auston Institute Helps Engineers Like You Get the Recognition You Want

Once you know what you specifically want, you will find that Auston Institute has several courses offering great opportunities to build and hone relevant skills.

Courses that help strengthen your resolve and achieve your goals as an engineer. To land the job that you want and start a fulfilling career.

This is based on our experience so far – we have found that when students approach us with a goal in mind, we are able to offer them a program that helps them achieve their goal.

This further helps you build a great resume and a profile that prepares you for future success in your career.

It will also help establish a network of peers with similar aspirations: landing a dream engineering job and having a fulfilling career.

Spending the right amount of time on this might even make you see your desired goals very clearly and in a different light.

And when you have exciting and well-formed programmes by Auston Institute, you will feel even more motivated to fulfil your engineering goals.

Auston Institute can help you get the recognition you want and deserve, by providing you with –

● A suitable engineering programme to help you develop competence

● Employment opportunities with companies like Hitachi and Siemens

● Respectable standing amongst friends, family and fellow engineers

● A profound sense of self-achievement and pride

So please don’t hesitate to get in touch so that we can discuss what your particular goals are – we will help you find a way to achieve them.