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Career Services and Presentations

It's never too early to think about your future career!

Gaining a degree from a highly regarded university is a great start…but in this competitive environment graduate employers are looking for more than ever before. To make the most of your time at university, start your career planning early and take advantage of opportunities to develop your skills and experience…and it’s not just technical skills that count: communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, leadership and business awareness are just some of the frequently requested competencies.

Career planning is not just about researching career options and setting goals, but also about building experience (academic, work experience, student activities… and more) throughout your years as a student; and being able to market yourself effectively to potential employers.

The Careers Service

Support with all aspects of career planning is provided by the University’s Careers Service, based at 3rd Floor, Central Library, George Square.  

  • Careers Events  - A programme of events is offered through the year. These are open to students of any year (unless stated otherwise).

  • Exploring your options – A degree from the School of Informatics offers a wide range of career options. You gain an overview of what’s possible, explore what previous graduates have done, and start to research possible occupations. Information and resources on further study, starting a business, volunteering, and taking time out are also provided.

  •  1:1 Support – Appointments to discuss any career related issues - from initial ideas, to CVs or job search strategy – can be requested at the Careers Service.  Additionally, a “Careers Drop-in” for School of Informatics students is offered on alternate Thursdays – look out for email notifications.

  • Careers Fairs  - a number of campus based & on-line events are organised. These allow you to meet a wide range of employers at each event and find out what’s on offer to students and graduates.

  •  Employer Presentations – take the opportunity to meet staff from companies targeting Edinburgh students. This is a great way to find out about careers on offer and to network with senior staff and recent graduate employees. Advice on selection processes will be provided. .  **NB Company presentations are also arranged by the School of Informatics. See list below.

  •  Vacancies – graduate jobs, internships, semester jobs and vacation work can be found on SAGE, Edinburgh’s student & graduate employment database. IT student jobs can also be found via E Placement Scotland.

Employers Presentations

 An extensive programme of Employer Presentations is organised by the Careers Service. Presentations run from the start of Semester 1. These are open to final and penultimate year undergraduates and all PG students. Many employers will also welcome first and second year undergraduates.

Presentations offer an excellent opportunity to find out about whats on offer, network with employers and recent graduate employees and gain advice on how they recruit.

The School of Informatics also arrange a number of employer presentations - these are detailed below:

Name of Employer
Date and Time
Location
Further Information
Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems 15 October 2014, 1pm Open Area, Level 4,
Appleton Tower
http://www.tmvse.com/
Microsoft  16 October 2014, 1pm  Lecture Theatre 4,
Appleton Tower 
Meet a Senior Microsoft Developer and an International Microsoft Recruiter, Lauri Puchalski, to hear about what it’s really like to work for Microsoft in New Graduate and Internships around the world.  / http://www.microsoft.com 
Aardvark Swift  21 October 2014, 2pm  Lecture Theatre 4,
Appleton Tower 
Aardvark Swift return to University of Edinburgh for the Get in the "Get in the Game" Career Talk
Being a specialised recruiter in the games industry we know a little thing or two about what it takes to break into the industry and we want to share this with you. 
http://www.aswift.com/
Palantir Technologies 22 October 2014, 1pm Open Area, Level 4,
Appleton Tower
http://www.palantir.com/
Facebook 29 October 2014, 1pm Lecture Theatre 2,
Appleton Tower
We invite you to join us for a technical talk delivered by a senior Facebook engineer.
Learn what it’s like to work with a team who ship code daily to over 1 billion people around the world, and what makes engineering at Facebook unique. 
Even with 955+ million users our journey is still 1% finished… we hope to see you at our technical talk!
Wolfson 5 November 2014, 1pm Open Area, Level 4,
Appleton Tower
CV and interview workshop for software engineers
What can you expect from a job in a high-tech software company? What skills do they look for, and how can you sell yourself to them? Come find out more
 Imagination Technologies
12 November 2014, 1pm
 Open Area, Level 4,
Appleton Tower
 http://www.imgtec.com/