Careers in technology and engineering

Careers blog written by Irena Zientek, Information Development Manager, Careers

Two areas with high demand for graduates are technology and engineering. Skills shortages in these areas mean there are lots of opportunities for graduates with the necessary qualifications and experience.

Developers and cyber security specialists are particularly in demand – just think of the recent data hit the NHS and other organisations took last week.

The scope of opportunities is also widened by the fact that all sorts of industries and services rely on digital systems, not just IT companies. So, there are plenty of possible employers out there.

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STEM students. Don’t miss this!

1fair-web-banners Studying a science, engineering, maths or technology subject? Interested in meeting employers with graduate and internship opportunities who want to recruit you? Then don’t miss the STEM Fair on Wednesday 19 October, 11.00am – 3.00pm in the Physics & Exhibition Centre.

Check out the organisations who’ll be on campus that day – they’re all listed (with links) on the fair’s web page. By doing your homework before coming along to the fair, you’ll be ready to impress your potential future employer with lots of interesting and intelligent questions.

For help with how to prepare for the fair, see our information sheet or read our blog from the previous fairs.

GUEST BLOG: What soft skills do employers in digital look for?

Thomas O’Rourke is the owner of Decking Hero, an online DIY affiliate website. After graduating from the University of Leeds in 2010, he has accumulated over 6 years of experience in digital marketing, having previously worked as the Head of Account Management for a leading UK digital agency.

It can be tough getting your first gig in digital. Many employers want candidates who already have the skills or experience they’re looking for. However, it’s not impossible to find a job when you might not have any solid experience – most digital agencies recognise that it’s simply not practical to expect every candidate to have a raft of experience.

So what are the main personal qualities that employers look for in graduates?

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Career events ahead

UoY Careers Note & Pen Check out events for the week ahead. More can be found at:

Skills courses

Careers workshops/briefings

 Departmental events

GUEST BLOG: “Accountancy is boring” – myth busting

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by Dan Yeo is Media & Online Relations Manager at an award-winning digital marketing agency.

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How you choose your degree course is an incredibly subjective process, differing greatly from person to person. 535,820 students applied to study at universities throughout the UK in 2015, a modest 1% increase in overall student numbers from the previous year. Most courses followed this trend, but some saw a significant decrease in numbers. However, some of the more traditional subject areas saw some great increases.

There was a 6% rise in applications to degrees in the Mathematical Sciences in 2015, which means an extra 2,530 prospective accountants, economists and bankers took their first step towards a job in finance. Unfortunately, though, for many of these budding accountants, their degree and career choice does come with a catch. The stereotype of the ‘boring accountant’ means many of them get more than their fair share of the jokes. While this opinion of the industry may be slightly old fashioned, there are still people out there who believe it.

Why do these perceptions still exist?

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GUEST BLOG: Beyond the graduate fair – what to do next

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Guest blog written by Scott Logic.

You’ve probably heard it a million times before, but it seems many students still  believe that they’ll get their degree, toss their mortar board into the air and casually stroll into their dream job. Sadly this is rarely the case, regardless of your academic talent.

More commonly, students must gain work experience and secure placement opportunities while they are studying, and unless they’ve been fortunate enough to line up a job to go straight into, once they graduate, are likely to experience a cycle of submitting CVs, and job applications or speculative enquires, to a wealth of potential employers.

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