This thread isn't for myself as I took a job in engineering after graduating from it. It's something I'd like to ask here due to the large American readership of this forum. In the UK there is a perception that "most" engineering graduates do not then progress onto careers in the sector. I looked at the numbers and although that statement is false, it's not far from actually being true: only about two thirds of engineering graduates take up jobs in the sector, and that is out of those who secure jobs only, not those who do not find employment. Whilst I knew that not all went into the sector, I never expected the numbers to be that low. Thankfully for engineering graduates, but perhaps not for the engineering sector, the degree is highly valued by employers across a wide range of sectors, many of which offer better salaries like accountancy, finance, banking, media, consulting etc., who tend to "steal" many of the brightest engineering graduates. Many even actually enter the subject with little intention to make a career in it, or quickly lose interest in such a career, having only chose the subject due the level of respect it receives amongst employers. Is it like this elsewhere? Another thing is that many engineering students struggle to find jobs in the sector, and sometimes feel "punished" for their lack of real world engineering experience, whereas many other sectors can feel more open to those who have no such experience. It seems somewhat bizarre that an engineering graduate may find it easier to get a job as an accountant than an engineer if they did not manage to secure any relevant experience during their degree, but from my own experience I can't say that engineering is a sector that is kind to those who don't have relevant experience of some sort. So what's the situation like where you are?