Employers and students had the opportunity to meet and discuss employment opportunities in the digital technology industry at the annual Computing Careers Fair, held in the inspiring surroundings of Edge Hill University’s recently-opened Tech Hub.
The Fair, which took place on Friday 27 January, was organised by the Department of Computer Science and supported by the Careers Centre. It gives all students the chance to talk to potential employers and find out about current career, placement and work experience vacancies at a range of local, national and international technology companies.
Now in its fourth year, the Fair attracted more than 34 organisations from software and application development and web designers to digital marketing companies and business analysts. Some were looking for students to work on specific projects, advertising anything from a summer internship to a year-long sandwich placement, while others offered networking, training or support to help students get on the career ladder. And it wasn’t just Computer Science students who were in demand, exhibitors were also keen to speak to those on Advertising, Public Relations, Animation, Business and English programmes, highlighting the broad range of roles available in the technology sector.
Former Computing student Matt, who now works for Barclays as a Digital Designer and Developer, said:
“I ended up getting my current job after attending this annual Fair so I know it works. When you apply for a job there is no face-to-face contact, you’re just competing against grades on a piece of paper. It was through showing an interest and chatting with a Barclay’s employee that they got to know my name so when I applied for a job they remembered me.
Now I’m on the other side of the fence I use this Fair to meet potential employees and see how they are in a social situation. Interpersonal skills are important at Barclays and I’ve got plenty of names to contact about future vacancies.”
UK Fast’s Saffron Campbell, said:
“We’re a growing family business and we want to be ambitious with technology. I’ve met lots of talented students today who have told me about their innovative projects such as with augmented technology. I’ve a pile of CVs on the desk with people to contact in the future.”
Helen Walters, who coordinated the event, said:
“The Careers Fair is a fantastic opportunity for students to network with employers and discuss summer, placement and graduate opportunities in a variety of specialisms of Computing. This year was, as always, very lively with students from all years taking advantage of having so many potential employers on campus.”
Nik Bessis, Head of Computer Science, added:
“It’s an important date in our academic calendar, a vital opportunity for our students/alumni to network with a wide range of local/national employers and consider future undergraduate and graduate opportunities.”