Do you believe in Unicorns?

Many thanks to my colleague Sharon Cant for this post promoting our upcoming Careers in IT event – Rebecca


1. a mythical animal typically represented as a horse with a single straight horn projecting from its forehead

2. a term used in the US Investments industry to describe a start-up company, usually in the Tech Sector, whose value has passed the landmark $1 billion mark

Edinburgh is one of the few UK cities outside London that has created technology companies with valuations in excess of $1 billion (£677 million), or “unicorns” as they are otherwise known. Edinburgh’s Unicorns are FanDuel and Skyscanner, both of whom will be in attendance at Careers in IT on campus on 3rd Feb. There is a strong tech-start up community in Edinburgh, supported by people like CodeBase, the largest technology incubator in the UK and one of the fastest growing in Europe. The sponsor of Careers in IT, Craneware, is another Edinburgh company that is enjoying huge growth – could they be our next Unicorn?

Talent attraction is a big issue for any high-growth company, so we are delighted to have these big players coming onto campus with a view to attracting University of Edinburgh students to work for them. It is exciting to watch these companies grow and to think that our students and graduates are contributing to that growth. Interestingly, they aren’t just recruiting Informatics students – there are opportunities in the IT Sector for students from any degree discipline with a passion technology.

If you are interested in the Technology sector, and would like to start finding out about the range of roles available, why not start by taking a look at the sector overview on our website and don’t miss our Careers in IT and Careers in Computer Games events on 3rd Feb.

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