Another day, another University….the MBN Academy train continues to roll – and this time, it’s a Scottish institution….
After successful events with Oxford, Cambridge and Regents’ Universities, I was honoured to be invited to present to Edinburgh Napier University last week.
The University had been running a week-long event entitled “Think Future: School of Computing Employability Week” – where a variety of programmes, workshops, presentations and lectures had offered Computing and Technology students an opportunity to hone their employability skills and to learn about the wide variety of roles they could potentially aspire to as placement students or, upon graduation, as potential employees.
Details of the event can be found here: www.tf15.co.uk
I was invited to present by Dr. Colin Smith, Director of Graduate Employability in the School of Computing, and joined representatives from Accenture, Baillie Gifford and Avaloq to inform students of the career paths they could find within those organisations and in the broader Technology space.
I was scheduled to bring the event to a close – with a quick-fire run down of my “Top Ten Tips for Employability” – how students can win the Recruitment Game.
I showed up at the venue just after lunchtime, was warmly welcomed into the event hall and spent some time networking before we got down to the serious business of the day – Think Future!
I really enjoyed the presentations from the other speakers – many of whom were former Edinburgh Napier University graduates – I thought it was a very clever idea showing current students “what might be” should they apply for employment with the represented organisations. It felt very “real” that these Technology professionals were able to correlate their current experiences with the studies they had undertaken a few years ago.
As we reached 4 o’clock, it was my turn…
So, up I go…..providing a broad, pragmatically focussed overview of the best way to ensure “employability” when engaging with Technology and Human Resource professionals during a selection process. I spoke about Resume/CV generation, applying for jobs, research, interview guidance and how to handle those all-important offers of employment. The students seemed engaged, I got more than a few questions from the audience during and after my discussion and, when I finished my presentation, was pleased to answer some follow-up points from a few of the audience.
Afterwards, a couple of glasses of wine and a bit of chat and I was on my way home – job done and time to relax!
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