Alumni Insight – Working in the human side of technology

Like tech? Like people? Great introduction to life in user research

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We’re delighted to share a #TechTuesday guest blog post from University of Edinburgh, Business and Law alumnus, Nicola Hancock. Nicola is a User Researcher within the User Centred Design team, Digital Transformation Division of the Scottish Government… read on for a great insight into the interesting role of User Researcher.

nicola h pic 1 While interviewing some people in their home, after an hour our session was ‘rudely’ interrupted by these two demanding attention.

I have been working in my current role for about 7 months and I’m really enjoying it. However, I wasn’t aware of a User Researcher role, when I left university and it took me a few years after graduating to find out this type of job existed.

I started out working in marketing and social media for a digital magazine, did some web-related work for a digital agency and moved on to office management at Nile, a service design consultancy…

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Graduating this summer? Opportunities and support

We know the transition from being a student to life beyond university has its challenges and we’re here to support you with that.

Did you know the Careers Service will support you for up to two years after graduation? If you haven’t used the service before, after your exams are done – come and see us.

We are running our graduate campaign ” Get on Board 2019″ over the summer. More details here.

There are also some interesting graduate internships (up to 12 months) on MyCareerHub including:

  • Probe Physicist with Novosound
  • Widening Participation Intern and Undergraduate Recruitment Intern, both within the Student Recruitment and Admissions team (SRA) at the University of Edinburgh
  • Web Developers with SuperBath in Germany
  • Good Food Nation Campaign Intern with the Scottish Food Coalition
  • Software engineer (digital healthtech) with Hearing Diagnostics
  • and graduate internships through Skills Development Scotland

Come to our Graduate Jobs Fair on 27th May from 2.30pm at McEwan Hall. More information here.

Insight on Starting a Journalism Career

Great post on getting into journalism

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#ThursdayThrowback to our recent #CCCF19 webinar on starting a journalism career. Hilary Mitchell, editor of the online digital publication, “Edinburgh Live”, shared some great advice on how to get into this competitive industry… read on for a summary of Hilary’s top tips:

pixabay image to use for cccf journalism blog 2019Start building momentum for a freelance journalism career

  • Simply do it!
  • Put your work out there on the internet by creating a blog or a website – there are lots of free places to publish your work such as WordPress or Medium.
  • Recruiters are unlikely to hire someone fresh out of university that doesn’t have a blog or a website. They look for a passion about writing that leads you to do it as a hobby initially.
  • I’m not encouraging you to work for free but it’s for your own enjoyment more than anything; a way that you can build a base to then leapfrog…

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Your (apparently unrelated) degree can land you a job in tech

Good post from my colleague Alison Parkinson on how very different degrees relate well to careers in tech. There are even more connections with physics & astronomy degrees so it’s a popular choice with students

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Alison Parkinson,  Employer Engagement Adviser, picked up some very positive messages from a recent event.

We had four fantastic speakers on campus recently – debunking the myth that you have to have studied a particular degree discipline to work in a tech role or for a tech company. Not so!

  • Emma Langmean is Digital Adoption Experience Manager with RBS, joining them after her History of Art degree
  • Laura Wilson studied International Business with French here and is now working as a Data Scientist at Skyscanner
  • Katie Barker-Ward, studied History and is now a Senior Transformation Consultant with Waterstons
  • Andy is UX Team Lead at FreeAgent and studied Music Performance and Technology

Their Top 10 tips:

  1. There is a massive range of roles in tech- not all about programming, at our recent Careers in Tech fair around half of the 50 + organisations who attended were recruiting students from any discipline.

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Employ.ed in an SME summer internships

We are now advertising the Employ.ed in an SME summer internships on MyCareerHub until 7th April!

26 internships are currently live with a couple still to come. All are paid at the actual living wage or more (£9 p/h or £10.55 for London).

You can see the full details, including a list of internships and the eligibility criteria here: https://www.ed.ac.uk/careers/looking-for-work/internships/employed/employed-in-an-sme

The programme is open to all years of UG study and there are also a couple of part time roles PG students can apply to.

 

How to anticipate interview questions

Very helpful interview advice from my colleague

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A key part of interview preparation should be anticipating the range of questions you are likely to be asked. Suzanne Agnew explains how you can approach this task:

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Part of the service the Careers Service offers is tailored practice interviews (which are available via Skype and telephone as well as face to face).  How do we know what to ask?  Obviously, it’s down to professional experience but the way that we anticipate interview questions is something that you can do too.

Go back in time

What made you apply for this job in the first place?  Interviews are used as a way to explore your motivation and fit for the organisation.  Questions here shouldn’t be a surprise!  Be able to articulate why you are right for the role and what attracts you to this organisation.  No organisation exists in a bubble so be prepared for questions which look to discover how much you…

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Career Development Summer Scholarships programme

The School of Physics & Astronomy is running its Career Development Summer Scholarships programme again. Details here

There are a numbers of funded industry and academic projects available to students in years 3 and 4.

Closing date is March 4th. There is some great feedback from students who did projects last year including:

Chris

After the 6 week placement, I was kept on as an employee. During my time at Bright Ascension, I learned a lot about programming, intellectual property, starting a business and different business models, methods of workplace motivation, workplace responsibilities, the space industry, professional report writing, giving presentations, communicating with investors, and much more.”

Katrina

“I found the experience (at the Institute for Astronomy) really rewarding as it allowed me to work with new people and improve my programming skills. It was good to do something completely different from what we do at university and to work on unsolved problems.”

Your future, your job search… and Brexit

Very informative post from our labour market blog

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As the clock ticks down until Britain leaves the EU on March 29th we look at some of the implications of Brexit for our students and graduates..

While everyone has their opinion on the outcome of 2016’s referendum it is notable that, as this article shows,  85% of higher education students in the UK voted to remain. The representative body of the Higher Education sector, Universities UK, voices concerns about the effect on university students, staff and research and its #SupportStudyAbroad  campaign aims to mitigate the effect on the Erasmus+ programme of a no-deal outcome.

Besides anxiety that employment prospects in the UK will suffer from economic downturn, there are concerns about the impact on opportunities for EU students to work in the UK after graduation and for UK students seeking experience in the EU.

The impact on the graduate labour market has been widely discussed, surveys conducted and…

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Careers in Technology Fair – Wed 27th Feb

Here is a chance to challenge your thinking on what a career in tech looks like. It is an easy way to get to a range of organisations offering work experience and graduate roles related to tech. There will be Over 50 employers with internships and graduate opportunities and some interesting talks including:

How is tech changing roles across industries?Speakers will share fantastic examples of how tech is changing industries you might not traditionally think of as tech – agriculture, energy and medicine.

Open to students from all year groups – around half of the 50 + organisations attending will be recruiting students from any discipline, so don’t rule yourself out.  They want physics & astronomy students!

It doesn’t matter what stage you are at in your course or in planning your career, you can come along to this fair and find out about options for your future. Find out more here