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Overview

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.

Graduate destinations
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: Barclays, BT Group – Openreach, CSC, EMIS, Ernst and Young, Fujitsu, Goodrich ISR Systems, Imagination Technologies Ltd, Microsoft and PepsiCo.

Salaries
According to the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) the average starting salary in the IT industry is around £22,000. Entry level salaries can start at £19,000 for a technical support officer, rising to £25,000 for a software engineer. Across the industry IT professionals can earn an average of £38,000; this can be significantly higher in more specialist fields and in different parts of the country. Targetjobs provide useful starting salary data for IT graduate schemes.

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.

Placements

Placements
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 'with Industrial Placement Year' added to your degree title.

Recent industrial placements have been undertaken in organisations including:

• Department of Health
• BT
• Microsoft
• Leeds City Council
• IBM UK Ltd
• TD Waterhouse
• CSC
• Tracsis plc
• Astra Zeneca

A placement year option allows you to spend time in industry with one of the hundreds of companies that the University works with each year and can help you gain the skills valued by employers, as well as developing enterprise skills.
Watch our employability videos to hear some of our students across the Faculty talking about their industrial placement experiences.

Our dedicated employability team, located within the Faculty, will provide you with support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year in industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You will also benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week) and full on-going support during internships and placements.

For more information on our approach to graduate employability, please see: www.leeds.ac.uk/employability

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.

Part-time work
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.


Study abroad

The Study Abroad option is available on all of our courses. You may choose to spend a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, North America or even the Far East.

Increasingly valued by employers, this option provides you with a fantastic opportunity to experience life in another country and a different culture. Students who have participated say that they found it a life-changing experience. The Study Abroad programme can help you gain confidence, broaden your horizons and develop skills and experiences which can improve your employability.

If you have foreign language skills, ERASMUS exchanges are available to several European countries. If you wish to take part in this programme you may be able to take an additional module in your first year to enhance your language skills.

To find out more visit our Study Abroad website.

Careers

Engineering and Computing Employability Team
Our dedicated employability team, located within the Faculty, will provide you with support and advice to help you find relevant work experience, internships and year in industry placements, as well as graduate positions.

You will also benefit from timetabled employability sessions (one hour per week) and full on-going support during internships and placements.

Careers Centre
Our on-campus Careers Centre is one of the largest in the country. It offers an excellent range of services and has a great relationship with graduate recruiters. The Careers Centre is the place to get advice about what to do after university, help with finding work experience, improving your CV and dealing with job applications. The Careers Centre also holds training events and workshops to assist you with your career progression.

Engineering and Computing Careers Fair
The Faculty of Engineering holds an Engineering and Computing Careers Fair, annually, which attracts over 40 graduate recruiters including organisations such as 2e2, AECOM, Atkins, BP, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre, Interfleet Technology Ltd, Network Rail, Procter & Gamble Product Supply, PwC and Unilever Leeds, to name but a few.

As well as the Engineering Careers Fair, you can explore career opportunities at many other careers fairs and presentations that are organised throughout the year by the University’s Careers Centre. Some of the UK’s top recruiters also visit the Faculty to deliver presentations and workshops specifically for our engineering and computing students.


Leeds for Life

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.

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