Back in February we held our annual Careers in IT event which was attended by over 450 students; if you were one of them, we hope you found it useful.
Naturally, we used the Informatics Forum at George Square: it is a great space and is handy for the School of Informatics students wishing to attend. But the attendees went way beyond Informatics students and indeed even beyond students of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). That is because IT & technology careers are often open to students of all subjects, as evidenced in the Fair Guide. Set out in a grid were the 38 employers and which degree disciplines they recruit from:
Organisations recruiting from…
- Informatics degrees only = 8 (21%)
- STEM degrees = 16 (42%)
- Any degree = 14 (37%)
Even I was surprised by just how many technology employers will recruit from any discipline.
For some of them it is a case of looking for potential, an interest in technology, in IT… perhaps you did some programming on your degree, or computer modelling, or build websites for your friends. They will offer training to get you to the right level. For others it is about needing a blend:
- really technical people to undertake IT roles in programming
- AND also people with an interest in technology and how it can be applied in a business context; people who can project manage; people who can train; people who can build relationships.
This came to mind during a recent visit I went on to the RBS Technology Division at their Gogarburn HQ in Edinburgh. Speakers included history and psychology graduates, alongside computer scientists and physics. You can read the full report in the “Resources” section of MyCareerHub, but here are a few snippets:
- Many of the non-tech roles involve project management, looking at customer (and staff needs), business roles (e.g. looking at start-ups to see if their tech could help RBS).
- Because the bank is old and has taken over lots of other banks/financial organisations over the years, it has inherited a mass of IT and technical systems (recently it counted 10,000) so is now involved in a major programme to rationalise these. (Now down to 7,000) each of these is a programme that needs management as well as technical input.
- The bank sees itself as innovative and very open to tech, making it quite an exciting place to work (e.g. just trialling Facebook for Business!)
- There does seem to be cultural change in the air at RBS, under the new CEO, Ross McEwan;
- There also seems to be something of a move back to Edinburgh from London, which is good news for graduates looking to work for a multinational based locally. By any stretch RBS is still a huge organisation.
- The report also includes some hints & tips for RBS applications, interviews and assessment centres.