How to grow your engineering career in Africa

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Across all industries, organisations are expanding into Africa and taking advantage of emerging markets.

As a result, a multitude of career prospects are opening up as the demand for expat skills increases.

Below are some tips to help you grow your career in Africa:

Natural Resources and Agribusiness are primary sources of export revenue in South Africa, and foreign investment could contribute to a similar rise in export growth across other African countries.

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa), says, "Try to identify the African countries where most of the growth related to your sector is happening. For example, Natural Resources and Agribusiness are primary sources of export revenue in South Africa, and foreign investment could contribute to a similar rise in export growth across other African countries."

Pinpoint organisations that can offer you the right career

Nic adds, “Identify organisations that could potentially offer you the opportunity to explore a career in Africa. Great examples of these include project, consulting or construction houses. On the whole, jobs growth in Africa is centred around supply chain & logistics, FMCG, infrastructure development and business development/sales.”

Become culturally aware 

Nic says, "Stay abreast of all the latest developments. Do your due diligence on the country you will be travelling to or living in, and ensure that you are aware of what challenges you may face when you get there. For example, prepare yourself for customs issues, or a lack of infrastructure".

Consider contracting

Working in Africa is frequently offered on a 1 to 3 year contract basis, mostly due to the intense nature of the work and environment. Some roles may be offered on a permanent basis however, with the expectation that you will spend a significant amount of time travelling to other African countries. 

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For more career advice please contact:

Nic Sephton-Poultney, Country Manager (South Africa)
nic.sephton-poultney@robertwalters.com
+27 (0) 11 881 2414

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