IT & Technology has a wide range of specialties. These include computer architecture, software systems, graphics, artificial intelligence, computational science, and software engineering. Drawing from a common core of computer science knowledge, each specialty area focuses on particular challenges.
Careers in the sector can include: information specialist with the NHS, business and project management, programmer, systems analyst, software developer, computing researcher, systems designer, systems consultant, teaching, technical author, database analyst, forensic computing, cyber security.
The range of interests and scale of organisations within the IT & Technology sector is enormous, with workforces varying in size between large multi-national conglomerates to small local consultancies. Examples of employers include:
Work experience could be a placement year or summer placements. It is now vital as more and more employers start to look at your skills and experience. It can be undertaken in large and small companies and in the public sector – many graduate recruiters will offer industrial placements or summer internships. Apply for these early as many have deadlines between October and January.Ensure you see your placement officer and check departmental notice boards on a regular basis as some placement opportunities will be posted there.
Any further study depends on what you want to do with your degree. You need to think about what postgraduate study will add to your employability profile in terms of the labour market and weigh this against the cost and time it will need to complete. Useful sites include Findamasters.com, Findaphd.com & the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council
The University is targeted by a large number of companies who seek to recruit Cardiff graduates. These companies visit Cardiff to make presentations on campus throughout the year, especially during the autumn. Check the Careers notice board on Trevithick Bridge and check out @gayeatcareers twitter page. IT companies are also frequent supporters of careers fairs and are usually well represented at the three day Engineering, Technology and Science Fair in October at Trevithick and again in February, as well as the Graduate Recruitment Fair in June. Attend these events and start networking.