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1 Looking to the Future School of Informatics - Postgraduates Carol Macdonald Careers Adviser

2 Main Objectives:  Introduce the Careers Service  Outline recruitment time-lines for employers  Highlight careers events / programmes this semester Additionally…  Address career planning  Overview of destinations  A brief look at self-marketing

3 “Begin with the end in mind” Steven Covey, management guru & author of ‘Seven Habits of highly effective people’

4 Your Career Strategy!  Set goals - short, medium & long term  What do you want to achieve during your MSc/PhD?  How can you make the most of your time at Edinburgh?  What do you want to achieve immediately after?...and longer term?  Identify what will help you to achieve your goals  Find out what’s going on  Research career options and potential employers  Clarify requirements – skills, experience required or beneficial  Identify any gaps & how you can plug them  Check entry routes – recruitment methods used  Network! Network! Network! - talk to people  Market yourself – Applications, Interviews & other situations  Prepare a ‘Career Action Plan’ - set SMART objectives - keep it alive!

5 Destinations – School of Informatics PGT - MSc Graduates Total known – 51 (6 months after graduation) Employment58%(30) Further study24%(12) Voluntary work 6% (3) Seeking 8% (4) Not available 4% (2)

6 Destinations – PGT - MSc Grads  Development Engineer - SeeByte - Edinburgh, Scotland  Artificial Intelligence Analyst - Self Employed - Edinburgh, Scotland  Software Developer - Exigen Services - Riga, Latvia  Scientific Engineer - Struq – London  Dot Net Software Developer - Priory Solutions – London  Software Developer - Ocado – Hatfield  Cloud Infrastructure Manager - Morilitas Solutions, Germany  IT Consultant - Maquarie - London  Software Developer - Adobe – Edinburgh  Software Developer - Craneware – Edinburgh  Software Developer - Mippin – London  Web Developer - Binamic – Slough  Programmer - A power company – Cyprus

7 Destinations – PGT - MSc Grads  Software Developer - Envoy Services - London, England  Customer Service Associate - Amazon - Edinburgh, Scotland  Software Developer - Codeplay - Edinburgh  Software Developer - Metaswitch Networks – Edinburgh  Software Developer - Openmarket – London  Software Engineer - Freescale Semiconductor - Bucharest, Romania  Programmer - Morley Financial Services - Dublin, Ireland  Software Analyst - Relational - Athens, Greece  Systems Analyst - KPMG - Malta  Researcher - Malta University - Malta  Consultant - PA Consulting - London, England  Teacher/Tutor - Xini - Athens, Greece  Computer Programmer - Accenture - Milan, Italy

8 Further Study – PGT - MSc Graduates  PhD Artificial Intelligence (3) - Edinburgh University – Edinburgh  PhD Informatics (2) - Edinburgh University – Edinburgh  PhD Computer Vision and Machine Learning - Istituto Italiano di Technologia (joint with Universita di Genova) - Genoa, Italy  PhD Informatics - Pamplona University - Pamplona, Colombia  PhD Medical Imaging - Imperial College – London  PhD Informatics (2) - Edinburgh University - Edinburgh,  PhD Molecular Biology - University of Cyprus, Cyprus  PhD Computer Science - Edinburgh University - Edinburgh, Scotland

9 PGR Destinations – Research Masters PhD Computational Neuroscience (3) Edinburgh University PhD Neuroinformatics (3) Edinburgh University PhD Informatics - Edinburgh University PhD Neuroinformatics Unknown location Microchip DesignerSynopsys - California, United States Software Engineer Cisco Systems - Berkshire, England

10 PGR Destinations - PhD Graduates Software Developer Nucleus Financial – Edinburgh Software Engineer A software company - Edinburgh Business Analyst Tesco Bank – Edinburgh Software Engineer Google – London Research FellowUniversity of Edinburgh Post-doctoral ResearcherUniversity College Dublin, Ireland Research Associate Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Research Group Leader Saarland University, Germany

11  Advertising already underway  Employers’ presentations start early October  Application deadlines from October  First interviews begin this semester  PhD applications  UK deadlines from December Recruitment Timelines for 2013

12 Application Closing Dates for 2013 vacancies … a few examples Babcock IT 28 October 2012 BP IT Future leaders 31 October 2012 Coca-Cola Enterprises Business Technolgy IT 31 October 2012 Unilever IT 23 November 2012 GE General Electric IT 1 December 2012 Standard Life IT grad programme 7 December 2012 Barclays IT 30 November 2012 Delcam Software engineer 31 December 2012 Jack Wills IT 14 January 2013 BT IT ongoing but ASAP Deloitte IT & Consulting ongoing but ASAP Shell IT ongoing but ASAP  General Guidelines Blue chip/ International Orgs Applications Close Management consultancies October/November Investment banks

13 Finding out more… Careers Fairs Recruitment presentations & Graduate Vacancies -    Placements + others above for vacation placements/internships Publications – CS Guide, Prospects, Get, Times Top 100, Guardian 200 Industry info links –  Further Study - Be pro-active, creative & network!

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15 Self Employment  Careers Service –starting point & signposting departments/careers/explore/starting-business/planning departments/careers/explore/starting-business/planning  Launch.Ed - business advice & support for Edinburgh student entrepreneurs -  Informatics Ventures - nurturing an entrepreneurial ecosystem -

16 What are employers looking for?  Good academic background  Technical skills and more……….

17 Competency Framework One example – IBM  Adaptability  Teamwork and collaboration  Communication  Drive to achieve  Creative problem solving  Client focus  Passion for business  Taking ownership

18 What makes a good CV? Careful targeting (job and employer) Highlights relevant experience, skills and achievements Gives space and importance to the most relevant material Makes an impact Visually appealing clear layout, avoiding lengthy text Appropriate headings & order - reverse chronological or themed Appropriate length – ( UK industry norm 2 pages) Accompanied by a strong covering letter

19 Covering letters  Keep to one page  Introduce yourself positively  Clarify what you are applying for  Show your motivation for role/organisation/sector  Highlight your suitability & what you can offer  Demonstrate how you meet their requirements  Keep a positive & professional approach  Observe business protocols inc. use of Yours faithfully / Yours sincerely

20 Application forms  Plan answers carefully following guidelines  Frame answers (eg ‘CAR’ Context, Actions, Result)  Give sufficient detail …but remain concise  Give thought to vocabulary used  Triple check spelling & grammar  Ensure form is easy to read  Allow sufficient time to complete

21 Careers Service – What we offer!  Information Centres - staff available to help at all times  Adviser appointments bookable via Reception Desk  Informatics ‘drop-in’ times - Wednesdays   Website:  Events:  Vacancies:

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23 Careers Service - Where to find us? 3 rd Floor, University Library, George Square Tel: Weir Building, KB Tel: ANY QUESTIONS?

24 Technology Insights e-skills uk Horizon Issues reports-and-videos/technology-insights-2012/

25 Technology Insights e-skills uk Scotland- employer survey 2011 Technical Skills  Most commonly requested (in order): SQL,.NET, Java, C#, SQL Server, Oracle, ASP, JavaScript, Unix & Linux.  Hardest to find: Microsoft related.NET/ASP.NET, Dynamics, SharePoint, Visual Basic/Visual Studio, C#, PHP and VMWare.  Technical skills gaps, where found, often ASP.NET, C and.NET, PHP & Linux. Non-technical skills Gaps, where found, related to:  Sales/related skills  Interpersonal skills  Business/related skills

26 Skills Framework for the Information Age SFIA categories 1.Strategy and architecture 2.Business change 3.Solution development and implementation 4.Service management 5.Procurement & management support 6.Client interface SFIA levels  7 Set strategy/inspire  6 Initiate/influence  5 Ensure/advise  4 Enable  3 Apply  2 Assist  1 Follow

27 International & European Students Working while studying - NI Numbers National Insurance number required Jobcentre Plus Processing numbers at Careers Service: When: 19 th, 20 th & 25 th September & 3rd October am pm Where: 3 rd Floor, Main Library follow signs to Seminar Room What you need:Passport or identity card Student card, or letter confirming you are a student

28 Visa Information and Advice International Office The Advice Place (EUSA) 57 George Square Bristo Square  UK Council for International Student Affairs  UK Borders Agency (UKBA site - Lists of employers who are Tier 2 licensed sponsors)


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