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The university of kent careers employability service computing careers

The University of KentCareers & Employability ServiceCOMPUTING CAREERS

You can download a copy of this presentation at

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm


Location of the careers service

Location of the Careers Service

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays including vacations.

The Careers Web Site www.kent.ac.uk/careers is available 24/7


Top business skills source microsoft 2007

TOP BUSINESS SKILLS Source: Microsoft 2007

  • 1. Team working and interpersonal skills

  • 2. Initiative

  • 3. Analysing and problem solving

  • 4. Verbal communication

  • 5. Personal planning and organising

  • 6. Flexibility

  • 7. IT skills

Teamworking skills ….


Survey of skills required by it employers

1. Communication: oral and written

2. Technical aptitude

3. Career motivation

4. Analytical skills

5. Business Awareness

6. Numeracy

7. Technical Knowledge

8. Team-working

9. Problem solving

10. Leadership

Survey of Skills required by IT Employers


Survey of skills required by it employers1

Survey of Skills required by IT Employers

  • Communication skills come top of the list.

  • Technical aptitude comes before technical knowledge - it's more important to be able to learn a new language quickly from scratch, than to know a particular language.


Core skills required by major it jobs

Teamworking is required for ALL jobs!

PROGRAMMER, SOFTWARE ENGINEER

analytical and logical reasoning

good technical knowledge

attention to detail

problem-solving

work to deadlines

determination

SYSTEMS ANALYSIS, CONSULTANCY

business awareness

persuasiveness

handling clients

written communication skills

oral communication skills

creative problem-solving

CORE SKILLS REQUIRED BY MAJOR IT JOBS


Consultancies

Consultancies

  • Recruit IT consultants, systems analysts, systems designers, project managers, sales staff

  • Major recruiters of new graduates.

  • Lots of client contact so interpersonal and business skills important.

  • Project based work - move to a new project every few months so constantly learning new skills, but can be a bit unsettling.

  • Focus on "whole solutions" rather than just consultancy

  • Often international so opportunities to work abroad.


Applying for jobs

APPLYING FOR JOBS

  • Most big companies now use on-line application forms – see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm

    Apply now for these!

  • You will need a CV for smaller organisations – see www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm


Computing cvs

COMPUTING CVS

  • List all the relevant modules (plus marks if good!)

  • Projects – especially if relevant

  • Programming languages/operating systems/major applications

  • Soft skills – evidence of teamwork, project management, problem solving etc.

  • www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm


Careers web pages

Careers Web Pages

  • Computer Science careers page

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/computersci.htm

  • Practice Computing Interview

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/interviews/mockivs.htm

  • Example CVs & Covering Letters

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/cv/cvexamples.htm

  • Interview Reports – lots of computing interviews!

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/ivreps/ivrepsmenu.htm

  • Applications and Interviews (includes assessment centres and psychometric tests etc.)

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/applicn.htm


Videos

Videos

  • APPLICATIONS

  • INTERVIEWS – now on-line

    www.kent.ac.uk/careers/IntVid.htm

  • ON-LINE APPLICATIONS

  • SELECTION CENTRES

  • All last about 25 minutes and are excellent!

  • Just ask at Careers Reception to view

  • Now all on a DVD you can borrow.


Careers talks and employer presentations

Careers Talks and Employer Presentations

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/casevents.htm


Vacancy sources

Vacancy Sources

  • Kent Jobs Database www.kent.ac.uk/careers/jobs

  • Prospects Webwww.prospects.ac.uk

  • Recruitment Fairs

  • Directories e.g. Target IT

  • Recruitment Agencies

  • Speculative CVs to IT Employers


Action plan

ACTION PLAN

  • Pick up a directory of employers

  • Check your campus email/newsgroups regularly!

  • Apply early for jobs in large companies

  • Apply for most postgraduate study around December/January

  • We will help for 3 years after graduation.


Moodle careers employability award

Moodle Careers Employability Award

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/moodle.htm


Bruce woodcock

Bruce Woodcock

  • Normally on duty FRIDAY MORNINGS (10.30 am - 12.30 pm) and WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS (2 - 4 pm). You don’t need to book an appointment to see me at these times.

  • Email:[email protected] - for enquires that I can answer BRIEFLY


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The University of KentCareers & Employability ServiceCOMPUTING CAREERS

You can download a copy of this presentation at

www.kent.ac.uk/careers/slides.htm


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