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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
the university of kent careers employability service computing careers1

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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