Presentation on theme: "Looking to the Future School of Informatics - Postgraduates 2012 - 13 Carol Macdonald Careers Adviser."— Presentation transcript:
Looking to the Future School of Informatics - Postgraduates Carol Macdonald Careers Adviser
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
“Begin with the end in mind” Steven Covey, management guru & author of ‘Seven Habits of highly effective people’
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!
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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 -
What are employers looking for? Good academic background Technical skills and more……….
Competency Framework One example – IBM Adaptability Teamwork and collaboration Communication Drive to achieve Creative problem solving Client focus Passion for business Taking ownership
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
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
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
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:
Careers Service - Where to find us? 3 rd Floor, University Library, George Square Tel: Weir Building, KB Tel: ANY QUESTIONS?
Technology Insights e-skills uk Horizon Issues reports-and-videos/technology-insights-2012/
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
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
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)