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What could I do with my degree?

There are many roles and companies that are open to you with your degree.  Prospects offers a good overview of computer science jobs that may be of interest to you. Prospects also have a good section of information on Information Technology, including job descriptions, case studies and employers.

The IT industry in Scotland (further information can be found at the Tech Partnership)

  • The majority of companies in Scotland's IT & Telecoms industry are Small to Medium sized enterprises
  • 41% of IT & Telecom professionals in Scotland work in IT & Telecoms companies, 59% work as IT & Telecom professionals in other industries e.g. Finance, Education
  • The demand for IT professionals in Scotland rose in 2010 and is predicted to rise significantly over the next few years
  • Graduate IT recruitment in Scotland is characterised by a small number of large companies who typically run annual graduate programmes, and a large number of graduate opportunities with small companies
  • The graduate programmes in IT are sometimes open to graduates of any degree discipline. These tend to be IT project management roles for which the employers are looking for IT awareness + business awareness + transferable soft skills rather than strong IT skills

Graduate schemes

Lots of big companies offer IT graduate schemes. A graduate scheme differs from a graduate job in a few key characteristics: they tend to be run by large organisations (private, public and voluntary sector); they are full-time jobs but include an additional element of training which typically lasts for a couple of years; they tend to be better paid than other jobs; they are more competitive to get into than most other jobs (typically several hundred people apply for a few posts); they tend to have quite a lengthy recruitment process including application forms, psychometric tests, telephone interviews and assessment centres. There are a few schemes specific to Scotland, but many more are based in SE England or require you to be geographically mobile throughout the UK. There is no definitive list of all of the schemes in the UK, but you can search for them via myJobs and other graduate job sites.

Some IT graduate schemes may be in a specialism e.g. software development, but many are more general. Quite a few companies are now opening their IT graduate schemes to graduates of any degree discipline. These tend to be IT project management roles for which the employers are looking for IT awareness + business awareness + transferable soft skills rather than strong IT skills.
Where to begin?

Here are some useful resources to help you get started looking for internship and graduate roles:

  • British Computer Society (BCS) Careers Centre
  • ComputerWeekly
  • Adopt an Intern - paid graduate internships in Scotland
  • Gradcracker - specialises in graduate roles and student placements in STEM subjects, including computing and technology
  • ITjobpages
  • IT Jobs Watch
  • - jobs in Higher Education including PhD studentships & Learning Technologist
  • - trainee journalist jobs
  • New Scientist - Research and Bioinformatics
  • Patent Examiner jobs - Intellectual Property Office, European Property Office, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Personnel Today - IT Training jobs
  • Fish4Jobs
  • Simply Sales Jobs - Technical Sales
  • ScotGrad - paid internships for students and graduates in Scotland
  • TalentScotland
  • Dice
  • Women in technology (Facebook page)


Speculative Applications

Given that the IT industry in Scotland is made up predominantly of Small to Medium sized enterprises, who tend to recruit on an "as-needed" basis and have little time or resources to allocate to advertising and recruitment, speculative approaches can be particularly successful. You can find lists of companies on websites such as:
Scotland IS Members directory
UKIE - has list of members of UKIE (UK Interactive Entertainment Association)
There are some opportunities to network in person with industry professionals in Edinburgh e.g. Techmeetup, Girl Geek Scotland, Interconnect
Recruitment agencies

Recruitment agencies might have suitable summer opportunities or jobs after graduations.  Relevant agencies include: 
Computer People – Large specialist IT agency with branches in various parts of the UK.
Matchtech – Large national recruitment agency specialising in IT and Engineering
Head Resourcing - Edinburgh-based agency
Jump IT solutions – based in England but they have placed Edinburgh Napier graduates in positions in Edinburgh in the past.

Further support
If you feel it would be useful to discuss your options in more detail, please do not hesitate to make a 1:1 Careers appointment or ask a question via our e-guidance service
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