Winter break careers advice

Written by Alison Taylor, Careers Consultant

So, term has ended and you’re probably going home to put your feet up for a well-earned rest! But here in Careers at the University of Reading, we always like to make sure that we leave no stone unturned in the search for that perfect internship/placement/job! In fact, there are a few little things you can do over the winter break which can help with your future career planning. Continue reading

Explore career options

Written by Tania Lyden, Careers Consultant

The term ‘career’ has interesting origins in the mid-16th century denoting a ‘road’ or ‘racecourse’ which comes from the Latin ‘carrus’ or ‘wheeled vehicle’. What the term captures is this sense of travel, movement, momentum and progression and not the stagnant sense of a ‘job for life’ that we often think of today.  Continue reading

LinkedIn – How to connect with the world’s biggest professional network!

Written by Alison Taylor, Careers Consultant

I’m not usually big on statistics, but having looked at the facts and figures for LinkedIn, even I was impressed. The professional networking site has: Continue reading

Is the Careers and Placements Fair for you?

Yes, the Careers and Placements Fair is for everyone

Written by Alison Taylor, Careers Consultant


You might be surprised to hear that over 60% of jobs advertised to graduates are open to students who have studied any degree subject… that’s a lot of interesting possibilities! If you’re one of Reading’s many arts, humanities or social science students, you might be wondering if it’s worth attending our Careers Fair on 19th October. It’s all about big business, right? They won’t be interested in me, will they? Answer – NO! Continue reading

The workshop for your career in marketing

For a career in marketing, experience plays a big part. It is actual work, trial and error processes which make good marketers. If you are a recent graduate with a degree in Marketing or Business and little experience but would like to launch your career, the Graduate Marketing Workshop will get you started. This event organised by The SR group and Carter Murray, recruitment agencies, will take place on the 21st of June in London. Continue reading

“There was some method to the career madness”: Matt’s Answer

MattMatt Arnerich, Content Writer for Inspiring Interns.

“Having graduated from University in 2014, I left with a good degree, and absolutely no idea what I wanted to do. I had an interest in using my writing skills in my career, but with no idea about how I could make them applicable. So I took the next natural step and spent a year travelling…

There was some method to the career madness. I wanted the opportunity to work out what my skills were and what I wanted to do, while getting the chance to do something I’ve always wanted to do. Travelling can be a great way to improve your confidence and communication too, great soft skills for any career.

To pursue my career a little while travelling, I chose to blog the experience (albeit inconsistently) which in the end proved really important for me securing a job. When back in old blighty, I bounced through a few copywriting and general writing gigs through friends and local companies I approached. This gave me the confidence to finally put my CV together properly and start to apply to some jobs.

After some very limited success, I stumbled upon graduate recruitment specialists Inspiring Interns, and thought they’d be a great fit as I found that they specialised in the creative industries.

Unbelievably, they offered me a job in their own marketing team, as a position had recently come up and they were impressed with the writing on my blogs, university newspaper and various jobs I’d managed to get since I returned from travelling.

Almost 5 months in, I’m still loving my new role at an amazing company. I work as a content writer, which is a role I didn’t really know about before Inspiring Interns. Turns out it’s perfect for me. I get to write advice articles for graduates who are looking to get their foot on the first rung of the career ladder.

It’s all about creating engaging content and building relationships with other websites and blogs, which are always two things I’ve loved doing. More importantly, working in an internal marketing department gives me the opportunity to learn skills all across the marketing discipline, and for someone looking to learn a broad range of skills and gain responsibility quickly, going in-house as your first job is a really great step.

Also, if like me you’re a keen writer, and are interested in marketing, content marketing is a great option. Not only is it a great way to use your creative skills, but it’s one of the fastest growing disciplines in marketing, with more than 77% of brands saying they’ll increase their content marketing spend in 2016.

What’s the thing I learnt most during the start of my career? That giving myself the time to work out what it was I wanted to do was the best thing for me, and that when I had an idea, by remaining open to opportunities, I ended up finding a job that I love.”

Inspiring Interns are the UK’s leading graduate recruitment agency. Check their website out for more than 200 live graduate jobs & internships across a whole range of sectors.


This article has been provided by an external organisation, as such the views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Careers, Placement and Experience Centre.

How to Get Into the 3D Printing Industry

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The 3D printing industry is growing rapidly and with it the demand for 3d printing jobs. This article will give you an understanding of what 3d printing is, what jobs are available, what these roles involve and some useful interview tips.

What Is 3D Printing?

3D printing is a process of building a three-dimensional object. Digital files determine the shape of the objects that are printed. 3D printing is an additive process: objects are usually created as very thin layers of material (e.g. 0.1mm) and are added in succession. The 3D-printing process is also known as additive manufacturing.

3D printing is often used for prototyping, customisable objects and one-off designs. The digital file defining the shape of a 3D printed object can be easily modified or replaced and each print can be completely unique, unlike in traditional manufacturing processes where alterations involve remaking expensive moulds or adapting established production lines. Recently, 3D printers have also been used for large batch productions as companies have invested in better quality machines.

There are a number of 3D printing methods and a range of different print materials. Plastics, ceramics and metals – including titanium and gold – are all printable. There is also a process called 3D bio-printing, which involves 3d printing with cells to build tissue and organs.

3D Printing Methods:

These 3D printing techniques illustrate the different methods that can be used. This is just a brief summary and there are many other techniques, you should try to read up in more detail before going to an industry interview.

Fused Deposition Modelling, FDM, involves the accurate layering of heated plastic-filament or metal wire. High temperatures are used to soften or melt the material and fuse together each layer. The layers harden as the material cools.

Stereolithography, SLA, uses a photo-reactive, liquid polymer-resin, which is cured (hardened) in layers by a UV laser. With many SLA machines, the platform is lowered every time a layer is cured to make room for the next layer (see diagram).

In Laminated Object Manufacturing, LOM, thin layers of adhesive-coated paper or plastic cut into shape with a laser are fused together using heat and pressure.

Jobs and Required Qualifications

3D designer

Candidates from many design backgrounds can apply for a role as a 3D Designer, designing objects and products for printing. A design qualification is desirable and 3d modelling or CAD (Computer Aided Design) skills tend to be required. A CAD Designer is a more specific role that involves 3d modelling designs as digital data. Most design courses will have CAD modules. There are also free CAD packages online, such as Blender and SketchUp, which you can learn through online tutorials. It’s definitely worth your while gaining some CAD skills for the more hands-on 3d printing roles.


Another common role is 3D Printer Technician. This job involves responsibility for operating the machines themselves and doesn’t necessarily require any design skills however you will need to learn the print preparation software packages required for their particular machines. Experience is always beneficial, so try to get some work experience involving the use of 3D printers before applying to a role.

Printer engineer

The companies that manufacture the printers themselves need a team of engineers. Most printer companies will also have Service Engineers who will maintain a customer’s printer over time. These roles usually require experience in a similar field as well as an engineering qualification.


Software comes hand in hand with 3d printing so there are many Software Developer roles that are available in the industry. A programming/coding qualification like computer science is likely to be needed for this role.

Research and development

There are research and development (R&D) roles in companies that are trying to use 3D printing in innovative ways. Many of these are in the consumer product market, but other exciting research opportunities include roles in biological and scientific modelling, which will require qualifications in the sciences.


Roles in architecture include the 3D printing of architectural models and more recently the 3D printing of buildings and structures in the construction industry. These roles will tend to require engineering or architectural qualifications.


More and more schools, colleges and universities own 3D printers, providing many opportunities for educational roles. These roles will usually require first hand 3D printing experience, so if you want to teach it’s best to start with a role in industry first.

Operations, administration and sales

Less technical roles include those in operations and in administrative positions. A growing number of sales positions are also required due to increasing demand for the machines’ services and for consumer 3d printers.


Lawyers and Legal Professionals who specialise in intellectual property are important for the industry in order to protect companies and individuals from infringers.

A good place to see which 3D printing jobs are available is

Interview Tips

  • You’d be surprised at how many candidates apply for a 3D printing job without understanding what 3D printing is. Let the employer know that you have a good understanding of a few different 3D printing methods and it’s wise to email the company to ask which machine(s) they use prior to your interview, then you can learn about that particular technology.
  • If you don’t have experience with their particular software or technology then show an eagerness to learn. There tends to be a fair amount of training for new starters.
  • Read up on the company and if you can, ask questions in the interview in order to work out how you could be beneficial to them. Many 3D printing companies are start-ups and are still learning the best way to run their business, they’ll be impressed if you can explain how you could improve their performance.
  • Find out about the latest in 3D printing news and advances.
  • Most importantly be yourself and try to enjoy the interview, if nothing else they are good practice. Good luck!

Useful Links

Jobs – 3D printing job board website:

News – 3D printing news:

Types of printer – an overview of multiple types of 3D printer:


Provided by Dee Fisher of 3D Printed Jobs