Students from the Department of Computing recently had the opportunity to attend a careers fair, dedicated to providing them with information and advice to enhance their future employability prospects.

The event, held in the University’s state-of-the-art Creative Edge building, built upon the success of previous careers fairs and enabled students from all year groups to discover more about a wide range of computing career paths, as well as find out about work experience opportunities.

A host of companies from across the north-west were in attendance to provide advice and information, including high profile organisations such as Barclays, IBM and the NHS.

In addition, staff from the University’s Careers Service and the Faculty of Education were on-hand to provide guidance about placement opportunities and PGCE study, while tutors from the Computing Department provided details about progression onto postgraduate programmes.

Michael Banford, Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Manager within the Department of Computing, feels that holding events such as this is extremely worthwhile, “The annual Computing Careers Fair is a very important part of our employability strategy as it brings together our students, who are eager to find graduate roles and work placements, with a range of employers who are keen to find their next generation of talented employees.”

Exhibitors commented on how pleasing it was to speak to a number of well-prepared and enthusiastic students who had brought along copies of their CVs and demonstrated a detailed knowledge of the companies they spoke with.

Michael is confident that the event was a success and has enhanced the already wide range of activities that are organised for students such as guest lectures and employer visits to ensure they have excellent career prospects and are attractive to employers.

He concludes, “The feedback from everyone involved has been extremely positive and I look forward to this leading to a number of jobs and work placements being secured by our students. We intend to keep working with employers throughout the coming year and are already planning a number of collaborative projects for the coming months.”

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