Your Industrial Year Neal Snooke IY Coordinator
Industrial Year • Is the most popular part of our courses with a 90% approval rating! • You can’t lose: • Earn money to pay off your loan(s) • Get valuable work experience in IT • Makes your CV look good and makes you even more employable • For MEng and BEng counts towards your final degree (high marks are typical)
But… • Economic climate is getting worse • More effort required to find placements • Greater competition • Remember placements are real jobs!
The CV is Crucial! • If you have a crap CV you won’t even get to the interview, no matter how good you are in interviews • Revise your first year CV • Create a covering letter • You will need to modify this for each application. • Have electronic copies of both available
Criteria to apply for CV • Layout is very important: well balanced, eye catching! Avoid high textual density • Spelling and grammar. Be pedantic, employers will be. • Relevant information only. Correct proportions • Home, term address, phone and email
Academic history: Number of GCSEs, list A levels & grades, first year modules and grades. Name of school, and Uni • Work history. Not just names and dates but also what you got out of it. • External interests. Not too long, but make your enthusiasm show.
The Application Process • YES office not involved this year • New member of CS staff starting shortly • ‘Industrial Placement Administrator’ • You are responsible for making applications • No applications means no job • Very few (if any) last minute jobs expected next summer
What you must do • Get CV and decide who to ask as your academic referee • ASK your chosen referee for permission • They may ask you to find someone else • Once agreed they will look over and sign your CV • Remember you might need to target your CV to specific jobs. • Progress update to IP Administrator • Mid November • I will email you all with who and which room ! • Bring your signed CV
Search for jobs • Notice board • Our Web Database • http://www.aber.ac.uk/compsci/Dept/Teaching/Industrial_Placement/ • Also check web sites of large companies • Other resources eg. http://www.ukplacements.com/ • The careers service • On spec applications can work… • Personal contacts, home (local businesses), family… • Agencies (needs care)
Keep Us Informed • Those not intending to take a placement please tell the IY Administrator (Mid Nov). • Tell the IY Administrator when you apply • And the outcomes (offer/accept/reject) • Get details of the company, location, line manager to the IY Administrator • Ask me if you are unsure about job spec. • Do not ‘disappear’ next summer ! • And cause us lots of unnecessary work
Be Responsible ! • Think very carefully before accepting an offer • Once you have accepted you must turn down any subsequent offers. • This is the real world now. Do not embarrass the department or ruin the prospects of future students. • If you are unsure as to the academic suitability see me or your tutor.
Once you start • Fill in the H&S form (on web) • We will write to all IY students in Oct with supervisor details. • Contact me if you do not have a supervisor by mid October. • We expect brief monthly reports.