A Lovell (NCE last week) hit the nail on the head. Being a thoroughly good engineer - chartered or not - is unlikely to lead to high level career success. Management and leadership skills, together with a drive to succeed, greatly improves one's chances.
I represent an organisation which tries to ensure that combining engineering and management/leadership skills will lead to a successful career. The members of the Sainsbury Management Fellows are all engineers, mostly chartered, who have taken MBA degrees. Most of them have gone on to senior positions in industry or have established their own businesses.
While money can only be regarded as one measure of success, a survey last year of our 160 members showed an average base salary of £70,500 pa at an average age of 36. Within our ranks we have 20 members at executive director level or above.
All of our members had the vision to gain a top quality MBA and to use that to develop their innate management and leadership skills in industry or commerce. Many were given responsibility at a young age.
Let us remember that the most famous Victorian engineers were as much managers, leaders and businessmen as they were engineers.
Paul Carey (M), president, The Sainsbury Management Fellows, 33 Ormond Crescent, Hampton, Middlesex TW12 2TJ