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Computing and IT

About this sector

You can read information about role responsibilities, salary, working hours, what to expect, qualifications, skills, work experience, career prospects and related roles on the following Prospects Job Profiles:

You might also see other job profiles of interest in the Information technology profiles page (which gives links to the 25 profiles in the sector)

 

How to gain experience/internships

Having relevant work experience in computing/IT can be advantageous when applying for graduate jobs. It will also demonstrate to a potential employer that you have an understanding of and interest in the sector and can help you decide if this is the career for you.

Internships

Many larger organisations run formal structured internship programmes. They can, however, be very competitive. These are normally open to penultimate year students and take place for a couple of months during the summer. Many employers use their placement schemes as the first stage in graduate recruitment - interns who impress may be fast-tracked through the graduate recruitment process.

Employers who have offered Computer Science and/or IT internships in the past include:

Insight Programmes

Big employers of computer science graduates (including some of those mentioned above), often advertise 'insights programmes' aimed at first years, (or second years on four-year degree course). They are short (1 day to two weeks) introductory events which normally take place over the Easter break. They may consist of team challenges and some mentoring and are a great introduction to a company and to network. Investment banks, a big employer of computer science graduates, are increasingly also holding short 'insights programmes'.

Organisations which offer internships in technological areas

Additional resources

Making speculative applications

If you’re interested in working for a small company, or a company that doesn’t offer a structured internship programme, speculative applications can be a great way to generate opportunities - contact them directly to learn whether or not they might offer work experience, shadowing or internships - see our web pages on networking and speculative applications for more advice.

How to find a (graduate) job

In order to find the right type of graduate IT job with the right employer, you should check job descriptions carefully prior to making an application so that you understand the skills, experience and responsibilities required of the role.

Here is a selection of employers by sector who offer graduate training schemes (this is not an exhaustive list!). Some of these employers may not offer graduate positions every year so check their websites for the latest vacancy information.

 

Computer Science Employers
Private Sector
Public Sector
IT Employers
Private Sector Public Sector

 

Computing/IT job search websites

 

 

How to find a job in Scotland

These websites contain listings of employers that may have vacancies in computer science/IT roles.

 

Additional resources

Applications, interviews and assessment centres

Application deadlines

As graduate computing/IT jobs can be found in a wide variety of organisations and business sectors, there are a range of recruitment cycles within the IT business. It’s vital to regularly check each organisation’s recruitment schedule so that you don’t miss a deadline.

IBM states on their website: Please note all roles will be filled on a first come first served basis and we recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment. We often fill some roles well before the closing date for applications!

If you’re considering technology internships and graduate programmes within financial organisations, primarily the investment banks, you need to apply early as some banks have application deadlines as early as the beginning of November.

The process

The application process for computing/IT jobs will vary according to which company (and vacancy) you are applying, but will usually consist of one (or more) of the following steps:

If you apply for a job with a large employer that runs a graduate recruitment scheme, its interview procedure is likely to be much more formal than for a smaller one.

Most firms will provide advice on their application processes - check individual websites for details.

Useful resources:

Relevant Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate study is not essential for a career in the IT sector. If, however, you wish to specialise in a particular technical role (eg software development), there are postgraduate study options available which may enhance your employment prospects. Contact your preferred institution to establish specific entry requirements, or try to visit before making an application. Assess what you may gain from such a course before committing yourself to considerable expense and ask questions about how successful these courses have been in gaining jobs for their past students.

Further information on postgraduate courses can be found on the Postgraduate section of the Careers Centre website.

 

Key UK resources

Online

Use CareerConnect, your central careers hub, to:

Takeaway from the Careers Centre

General Computing /IT-related careers information

Professional Bodies

 

International resources

GoinGlobal

The Careers Centre subscribes to GoinGlobal, a specialist website with information and job vacancies worldwide.

USA

The USA job market and recruitment timetables, for both internships and graduate jobs, for sectors of employment often differ from the UK.

The Careers Centre subscribes to the reputable independent USA careers information and vacancy provider Vault. The link below will take you directly to Vault subscription resources which cover this sector. You may find further useful and relevant resources linked from there as well.