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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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: What is risk management and how do I get started?

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog Q&A with Opus Energy

Choosing a career is no mean feat, especially when there’s a plethora of paths to choose from.

Today we’re delving into the world of ‘risk management’ – a field you may not know much about. However, if you’ve got numerate or analytical skills, you may find that this type of work is right up your alley.

Matt is an Analyst at B2B energy supplier, Opus Energy. Read on to hear what he has to say about the intriguing field of risk management. 

Hi Matt – to start us off, what exactly is risk management?

Risk management is all about minimising the negative impact that potential events can have.

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In other news…

UoY Careers newspaper illyExternal events and competitions you might be interested in:

  1. Free online coursesgreat MOOCs you could do this year
  2. Trendence survey: What do you want to do in your future career? Complete the survey to have the chance to win a year of Netflix.
  3. Find out about Sky via their Behind the scenes blog (and then talk to them at the fairs on Wednesday and Thursday this week).
  4. China Students Career and Education Expo, London 28 Nov, offered by the Cathay Association/Mandarin Consulting – an opportunity for Chinese students to explore careers opportunities in China.
  5. Spin your thesis annual competition – the European Space Agency has opened their call for proposals for students to conduct research in state-of-the-art hyper- and microgravity research facilities, deadline 17 Nov.

GUEST BLOG: Software lifecycle career options

UoY Careers Balloon illy Guest blog written by: Jeff Cunliffe, Director, Automation Consultants

Career opportunities in computer science are good. The economic recovery is boosting job prospects, and coupled with the nationwide skills shortage in STEM subjects, there’s now plenty of demand for high-quality graduates.

It’s wise to get an idea of the roles available and what each one demands. This will help you target both ideal internship opportunities, and ideal roles once you’ve got some relevant experience on your CV. Here’s an introduction to a few of the key entry-level positions in the software lifecycle (in logical lifecycle order), and what you’ll need to get your foot in the door. 

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