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Career changers bring valuable skills and experience into the industry and can help fill some of the skills gaps. Employers are open to people who have worked in related sectors although you may need to do some additional learning or training.
If you have a closely related degree in, say, science or mathematics you could do an accredited MSc to convert to civil engineering.
For example, a geology graduate could consider a geotechnical master’s degree. Or a mathematics graduate, a course in structural engineering.
Some universities offer dedicated conversion courses for non-civil or structural engineering candidates. This is useful for those who need a broader-based course to make the transition to civil engineering.
Check which master’s degree courses are accredited (see further learning).
Check with ICE’s academic qualifications team before applying to make sure that the modules from your first degree and master’s course will let you progress towards professional qualification.
If you have A-levels or Scottish Highers or equivalent, including maths, then you have 3 broad options:
See our 18+ years career advice for more information.
There are still routes into civil engineering but it will be a longer journey. See our advice for 16-19 years to find out more.
Civil engineering involves maths. You are likely to need the equivalent of a GCSE 5 grade in maths (or grade B if taken before 2017) for level 3 vocational courses or an apprenticeship. You will need an A-level at C grade or higher to move on to a degree course.
Your local further education colleges may offer relevant evening courses – if you want a more gradual route back into the world of studying.
If you want to switch career to civil engineering and have family responsibilities it might be useful to consider:
Check what relevant courses they have, and if they have links with civil engineering companies to help you get a foot into industry.
For general advice about changing career check out careershifters.org.