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Shaping careers at Tech@City

The Computer Science student recruitment fair returned to City for a second year running.

by Matthew Little (Communications Officer)

Tech@City which is organised by The Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) and Department of Computer Science, introduces current students to industry leading employers, offering placements and internships.

More than 120 students attended on the day to meet the 20 businesses which included, IBM, ASOS, Unity and Digital Detox.

Mohammed Ali (BSc, Computer Science), said: “It is amazing to meet all these companies and hear about the opportunities they can offer to students.

“It helps a lot to know what career you want to go into after university, so hearing from people who work in the industry talk about their jobs and experience gives you a good insight to what to do and where to apply.

“I want to be a software engineer, so being able to directly ask these companies about their offers helps me better understand the role. It was great to hear about how involved interns are at these companies and about the industry work you would be doing.

“Getting first-hand experience of an industry is vital in making yourself more attractive to potential employees as you learn skills that you simply wouldn’t be able to get in a classroom.”

You can do it too

Former student, Anthony Birley, (BSc, Computer Science, 2016), now a Solutions Manager at IBM, returned to City to be a part of the fair and talk about how is career has developed since he graduated.

Anthony said: “I was in the exact same position as these students a few years ago, where I was studying and nervous to apply for big companies like IBM, so it means a lot to me to be able to tell and show City students that they can do it too!

“From my own time here, I know that students from City are always passionate, interested in technology and determined to learn new skills.

Anthony Birley, (BSc, Computer Science, 2016), now a Solutions Manager at IBM

“As an intern at IBM you work very closely with senior members of staff and clients, so you get first-hand experience and support with your work.

“These fairs should always be considered, as you can learn a lot online, but nothing beats a face to face conversation with people who are doing the jobs that you want to do.”

Last year, the PLU placed a total of 129 Computer Science students across all schemes including, professional pathway, postgraduate and undergraduate internships.

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