The good news for IT graduates is that there’s an official technology shortage and more jobs to choose from! The tech industry has grown at an exponential rate over the past decade and jobs are well-paid and plentiful – even if, as many assume is essential, you don’t have a degree in computer science. Just because graduate jobs in tech are there though, doesn’t mean you should jump into them.
Do your homework and make sure your first job sets you up for a happy and successful career in technology. 74,746 students voted for their favourite graduate recruiters in The Graduate Survey 2019, conducted by Trendence UK. The students and graduates surveyed who were interested in IT and technology careers:
- were more likely than the average student to have completed an internship: 20% of first years had (versus an average across all sectors of 18%), 39% of mid-degree students had (versus 32%), 53% of finalists had (versus 46%) and 42% of graduates had (versus 40%).
- were slightly less likely than average to have volunteered or had a part-time job: overall, across all year groups, 51% had undertaken voluntary work (compared to an average of 55%) and 67% had a part-time job (compared to 69%).
- were more likely than average to have used LinkedIn, Skype and Twitter for careers purposes.
Google is a multinational, publicly-traded organization built around the company’s hugely popular search engine. Google’s other enterprises include Internet analytics, cloud computing, advertising technologies, and Web app, browser and operating system development.
Amazon is considered one of the Big Five technology companies, along with Google, Apple, Microsoft and Facebook, focusing on e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence.
Together, “Amazonians” research and develop new technologies from Amazon Web Services to Alexa on behalf of their customers: shoppers, sellers, content creators, and developers around the world.
Microsoft was founded in 1975 with the mission to enable people and businesses throughout the world to realize their full potential through technology – to transform the way people work, play, and communicate. They develop and market software, services, and hardware devices that deliver new opportunities, greater convenience, and enhanced value to people’s lives. They do business worldwide and have offices in more than 100 countries.
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. manufactures a wide range of consumer and industrial electronic equipment and products such as semiconductors, personal computers, peripherals, monitors, televisions, and home appliances including air conditioners and microwave ovens. The Company also produces Internet access network systems and telecommunications equipment including mobile phones.
Apple has been around since the mid-70s – when it was founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. It began life as a manufacturer of personal computers but quickly established itself as a leader in consumer electronics with the invention of iconic products such as the iPod music player, iPad and iPhone to name but a few.
IBM produces and sells computer hardware and software, and provides hosting and consulting services in areas ranging from mainframe computers to nanotechnology. IBM is also a major research organization, holding the record for most U.S. patents generated by a business (as of 2020) for 27 consecutive years. The company began in 1911, founded in Endicott, New York, as the Computing-Tabulating-Recording Company (CTR) and was renamed “International Business Machines” in 1924.
Bloomberg is an information and technology company founded by Mike Bloomberg in 1981. Bloomberg employs nearly 20,000 people in 176 locations around the world. It is specialises in finance, software, data, and media. The company provides financial software tools such as an analytics and equity trading platform, data services, and news to financial companies and organizations.
With 24 million customers across seven countries, Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company. They provide television and broadband Internet services, fixed-line and mobile telephone services to consumers and businesses.
Accenture is one of the world’s leading professional services companies, providing consulting and outsourcing services through strategy, digital, technology and operations capabilities. The company’s history has been more than 60 years in the making – from the earliest days as a pioneer in the new world of information technology in the 1950s to its position today as a Fortune Global 500 industry leader.
Rockstar Games Is an American video game publisher established in December 1998 and based in New York City. The company is responsible for the Grand Theft Auto game franchise and Red Dead. Rockstar Games has developed its own game engine called the Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE) to facilitate game development on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows, Mac, and Wii systems. Along with The Rockstar Games Social Club, an online gaming service was created by Rockstar Games for use with its games.