The Two Minute Overview

Welcome to the Work Experience Program

Your degree is industry focused. This means our BE graduates are typically industry focused, rather than budding academics or researchers. Most of your degree incorporates the technical skills you need to develop in order to be attractive to industry.

This program along with some of your Engineering papers, focuses on the remaining elements; getting you to engage with industry people and developing the soft skills you will need to be employable and succeed in industry.

This is the Work Experience Tool you will use to monitor your progress.

This is the Health & Safety lecture you will need to watch before you undertake any work experience for your degree.

This is what Pre-existing work is and how you may be able to have it recognised.

Technical skills are necessary, but not sufficient

Technical skills are necessary, but not sufficient. We know this from research and by talking to people in industry. We also know from research and talking to students, that most students do not believe this until they hear it first hand from people in industry.

What this phrase "Technical skills are necessary, but not sufficient", means is that if you are not easy to work with, people in industry don't care how talented you are. Your future work-mates prefer to not spend 8 hours a day with difficult people.

Technical skills get you the interview. Soft skills get you the job.

The Program

In essence it is to:

  1. have a sound understanding of Health & Safety in the workplace,
  2. create an effective CV,
  3. meet industry, on their turf, to practice networking,
  4. complete 800 hours of work experience and
  5. two reports on your work experience.

At least 400 hours of work experience must be in an IT workplace, applying your degree under the supervision of IT professionals.

Through the experience gained in networking plus your industry experience, you will significantly increase the likelihood you will be offered an IT role before you graduate.

Summer of Tech

Summer of Tech is our partner program. Approximately half our students find internships through Summer of Tech.

Sign up to Summer of Tech early and go to as many of the student events as possible.

Meet Ups

The other half of our students find internships through networking. Very few get IT jobs by spamming companies with their CV.

There are well over 100 tech groups meeting in town - just down the hill. Often providing pizza and beer to anyone with an interest that just wants to hang out and talk tech. Industry people go to these to relax, find interesting people and learn about new technologies. You should be doing the same. Many companies have stopped advertising junior roles. These days they expect those genuinely interested to be eating their pizza and chatting with them.

Go hang out. Eat their pizza. Drink their beer, lemonade or orange juice. Talk tech and learn stuff from people already doing the things you aspire to.

Don't go to just tick an academic box. You will be bored and others will notice you for the wrong reasons. Instead look for something interesting and aim to meet like minded people.

Other Advice

There is a lot of advice in these pages, take advantage of it and commit to chatting with people already doing the neat stuff in industry that you want to do. You won't regret it.

Introductory Lecture Slides