Graduates from the School of Computing have excellent job prospects. The continuing application of computer technologies and the introduction of new technologies in the future will ensure that demand for our graduates continues to rise.
All of our degrees will equip you with the skills you need to succeed in industry. From design, problem solving, numeracy and analysis skills, to ‘transferable skills’, such as communication and teamwork, you will be highly valued by employers.
The IT profession includes a range of specialist roles, from technical roles in software engineering to project management roles and consultancy. Employment prospects for Leeds graduates are excellent and the School is regularly approached by organisations wishing to recruit our graduates.
90% of our recent computer science graduates (Unistats 2013) have secured a professional or managerial job within six months of graduating across a range of industries including manufacturing, retail, finance, public authorities and consultancies.
Recent graduate destinations include:
• Associate Software Engineer, Accenture
• Software Engineer, Antivia
• Associate Software Developer, Audit
• Technology Graduate, BSkyB
• Software Engineering, BT
• Technology Graduate, Barclays
• Apprentice, Brunei Shell Petroleum
• Technical Support, Delta Software
• Software Engineer, Echo Star
• Software Engineer, Emulate3D Ltd
• Trainee Software Developer, FDM Group
• Technical Assistant, Getech
• IT Graduate, Glaxo Smith Kline
• Trainee Accountant, HW Fisher
• Software Developer, IBM
• Graduate Technical Consultant, Innovise ESM
• Analyst, KPMG
• Airport Terminal Operations, Malaysia Airports
• IT Graduate, Marks and Spencer
• Software Engineer, Microsoft.
Across the industry, IT professionals earn an average of £38,000, and this can be significantly higher in specialist fields and in different parts of the country. The most recent Association of Graduate Recruiters Survey (2013) found that starting salaries for graduates throughout the sector are about £26,250.
Strong industrial links
The School of Computing has strong links with the IT industry; just one of many reasons why Leeds graduates are highly sought after by employers. An Industrial Advisory Committee contributes to the continuing development of the School’s degree courses ensuring that material is up to date and consistent with employers’ needs. Our staff also work with various companies on a range of teaching, research and consultancy projects.
The School also organises a range of industrial visits and offer additional seminars delivered by practising IT professionals. This means that you have direct contact with industry, and potential employers, from an early stage in your course.
Here are just a few examples of our involvement with industry
• O2 offers a new mentoring scheme for second year IT students. This mentoring scheme provides students with the opportunity to work on a project within O2 over a six month period
• IBM contributes to the assessment of the second year group software engineering project and awards a prize to the best group
• Deloitte, IBM, CSC and RNLI contribute directly to the first year professional development module and actively support the IT degree
• Ordnance Survey, British Library, Department of Health and Reckitt Benckiser provided ideas for projects in recent years
• CSC, Deloitte, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Lloyds Banking Group have recently delivered presentations to our students.
All our degrees allow you to undertake a placement year as part of your degree (either in the third year of the BSc or the third or fourth year of the MEng). You don’t need to decide until the end of your first or second year whether this is something you’d like to pursue.
If you decide to undertake a placement year, this will extend your degree by 12 months. On successfully completing your placement, you will be awarded the ‘industrial’ variant in your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
A comprehensive support programme exists for students pursuing a 12-month placement. A dedicated in-house system advertises hundreds of roles, and we provide lots of support to help you with your placement search, from lectures and workshops to handbooks and industrial guides.
All of our courses allow you to undertake work experience as part of your degree in the form of a 12 month industrial placement which usually takes place between years two and three. When you graduate you will have 'Industrial' added to your degree title to demonstrate your unique expertise to future employers.
Recent industrial placements have been undertaken in organisations including:
• Department of Health
• Leeds City Council
• IBM UK Ltd
• TD Waterhouse
• Tracsis plc
• Astra Zeneca
Watch our employability videos to hear some of our students across the Faculty talking about their industrial placement experiences.
Summer research placements
Our research groups offer a number of paid summer internships to work on research projects at the end of years 2 and 3. This gives you the opportunity to work with world class academics on ground breaking technologies and allow you to experience the possibilities of following a research career at the end of your degree.
Many students work part-time, either for the extra money or to gain valuable experience and to improve their future employability. Either way you will find plenty of opportunities through our student employment service - Joblink. This is based on campus in the Students' Union.
The study abroad option is available on all courses. If you choose to undertake a study abroad option, this will extend your studies by 12 months. You will
spend either the third year of the BSc or fourth year of the MEng studying at a university in Australia, North America or even the far east.
Increasingly valued by employers, this will provide you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country and a different culture. Some of
the universities our students have studied at recently include Illinois, Santa Barbara and Wisconsin-Madison in the USA and New South Wales in Australia.
To find out more visit our Study Abroad website.
Our dedicated Employability team, located centrally in our Employability Suite, will provide you with specialist face-to-face support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year-in-industry placements, as well as graduate positions.
The team also organises an annual Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters. In addition, you will benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week), ongoing support during internships and placements, and presentations and workshops delivered by employers.
The team works closely with the University’s Careers Centre, which is one of the largest in the country. The centre provides high-quality professional support and advice for all our students and access to thousands of opportunities for graduate employment, placements and internships. http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk
Leeds for Life is an unique approach to helping you make the most of the University and prepare for your career from day one. Leeds for Life will help you enhance your employability by highlighting the wide range of co-curricular opportunities on offer from the University and the Students’ Union. You can join
societies, get involved in volunteering and undertake projects in the UK or overseas, or you can attend academic conferences that will help you develop your knowledge and skills. You can also access valuable career insights from our diverse graduate community via our online career networking tool, Leeds Network.
At the heart of Leeds for Life is personal tutoring where you receive structured one-to-one meetings to support your personal and academic development. This ensures that you not only do well in your degree, but also become a confident, articulate and highly employable graduate.