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Computing placement provider returns to City to recruit new graduates

A London-based technical consultancy which recruited two City undergraduates 10 and eight years ago has returned to find new undergraduates to support its ongoing expansion.
by Luke Nava

A London-based technical consultancy which recruited two City undergraduates 10 and eight years ago has returned to the School of Informatics' Professional Liaison Unit to find new undergraduates to support its ongoing expansion.

FIRSTCo - a systems engineering company, which also operates in Dubai and Mauritius - recruited BSc in Business Computing Systems students, Matt Lancashire and Jim Taylor, via City's unique Professional Pathway Scheme, which enables participants to combine placement employment (and earnings) with study.

Matt and Jim are both still at the company, which has grown from having a handful of employees to nearly 50 over the last decade. They have progressed to Production Manager and Senior Systems Engineer roles respectively, having worked on high-profile projects such as Heathrow Terminal 5 and Crossrail and gained international experience in the Middle East.

FIRSTCo's Managing Director, Bill Martin, says: "Both students immediately impressed when they first came to us and we're delighted that they have continued to pursue their careers with us. We've returned to City because we recognise the value of recruiting at an early stage. We now have a formal mentoring and professional development system in place that will help future undergraduates shine."

Matt Lancashire adds: "Joining City's Professional Pathway Scheme was the best decision I ever made. There were three main benefits to it - earning money as I learnt, gaining practical experience alongside the theoretical and breaking up the monotony of studying. I also had a job waiting for me when I finished my degree."

Jim Taylor says: "The Professional Pathway Scheme helped me in several ways. By the time I finished university I had three years of industry experience, which was a head start of at least two years on most of my peers. I could also see how the concepts I was learning applied to the real world, which helped me to choose final year modules that would really interest me and be applicable to my career."

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