Jeff (small commercial company)

A Research Graduate from the department of Engineering, Jeff is now the Commercial Director of a small engineering consultancy. Though the company is small its clients include large national and multinational companies as well as small companies.

The role involves Jeff in seeking and negotiating contracts for consultancy work including project design, auditing, monitoring the construction of industrial complexes, accident risk assessment, accident and incident investigations. Day to day activities involve report writing, CAD work, site visits and a considerable amount of time spent on the phone networking. The skills and personal qualities needed for the job are self motivation, communication (negotiation, persuasion and presentation skills), report writing, analytical and problem solving skills and creativity.

Job search

  • Networking
  • Work experience as an undergraduate and graduate
  • Project work while doing PhD research


  • Offered opportunities as a result of activities as above
  • Discussed terms and conditions
  • Made decision based on lifestyle preferences and job interest

Keys to success

  • Communication skills
  • Problem solving/analytical skills
  • Being proactive
  • Enthusiasm
  • Self motivation

Benefits of PhD

  • Knowledge
  • Technical skills
  • Presentation skills

Future options

  • Expand present company
  • Start own business
  • Senior management in large organisation

Things to do now

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