National Technology Day: Looking to go into the Tech Sector?

Seeing as the 6th of January is National Technology Day lets talk about the tech sector and some graduate schemes with them.

Technology is shaping our past, present and future. This day recognises the way technology changes the world and affects us. Just outside of the health care sector, tech jobs are one of the strongest and fastest-growing divisions.   

The technology sector refers to companies involved in the research, development and distribution of technologically based goods and services. However, this can be employed in many different ways by different companies. For example, PwC’s technology sector focuses on maximising business values and growth from their tech innovations and digital transformation. Whereas, in Deloitte, their technology sector focuses on emerging technology and trends, such as AI (Artificial Intelligence). This is why researching the company before applying is vital!

There is no limit to what a tech graduate can do from IT and programming to digital engineering and mathematics. Some good graduate schemes to keep an eye out for within the tech industry are:

MI5: Graduate Technology Development Programme. You will be responsible for developing core applications, creating innovative solutions and meeting business needs. With a flexible work to life balance and a starting salary of £36,159 this grad scheme is always in demand. They also give graduates the chance to go down a business stream or a specialised stream that includes cyber tech analysis and software engineering. MI5 ranks within The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers. Have a look more here: https://www.mi5.gov.uk/careers/opportunities/technology-graduate-development-programme-tgdp

BAE Systems: Graduate IT Security Analyst. You would be joining a team that is responsible for delivering operational IT Cyber Security services across the company and even in some international markets. BAE favour collaboration so you will be working with others on a range of different projects from the get-go. BAE is also in the Top 100 Graduate Employers with 25 days holiday and even an executive car scheme. Have a look more here: https://www.baesystems.com/en/careers/careers-in-the-uk/graduateprogrammes

PwC: Technology Graduate Scheme. You’ll have the chance to gain experience in cyber security, data analytics, forensic technology and even technological investments. They also provide, in some streams, the opportunity to gain internal qualifications and training. PwC, being another of The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers, offer several support systems that focus on your wellbeing and development within the company. Have a look more here: https://www.pwc.co.uk/careers/student-careers/undergraduate-graduate-careers/our-programmes/graduate-opportunities/technology.html

Vodaphone: Technology Discover Programme. This scheme also includes 2 to 4 rotations where you can gain knowledge of software engineering, security, generalist technology and data analytics. Vodaphone is a top company to work for because of their hands-on experience and senior leadership exposure. With a salary of £33,000 and an excellent development programme Vodaphone is a great place to apply. Have a look more here: https://careers.vodafone.co.uk/technology-discover-programme

BT: Network Technology, Software Engineering, Technical Consultancy and Applied Research Programmes. BT offers a complete range of technology streams for their graduates. Technical Consultancy means you’ll be leading on highly technical projects to make sure they are rolled out effectively to customers, whereas, in network technology you’ll be designing, building, testing and operating network solutions. All the schemes have a range of locations to choose from, have a starting salary of £30,500 and encourage their employees to take 3 paid volunteering days. Have a look more here: https://www.bt.com/careers/early-careers/graduates/our-programmes

But what do tech graduate recruiters look for?

  1. Technical abilities. You will be using digital systems continuously, so you have got to have a passion for it and good knowledge. You need to be logical yet creative when it comes to projects.
  2. Contextual awareness. As this sector is ever-growing you need to be up to date on global tech trends.
  3. Organisation. You are likely to be working on a range of different tasks so keeping organised and allowing yourself to time manage is a key skill.
  4. Attention to detail. Due to the fast-paced nature of the companies, employers require their graduates to be precise and accurate across their work.

What careers could I go into?

Tech encompasses a multitude of different divisions that might be right for you. Some of the more common types of tech divisions include:

  1. Technical Jobs (software developer, software engineer or IT analyst).
  2. Client Facing Tech Jobs (technical account manager, client services executive or technical consultant).
  3. Marketing Tech Jobs (digital analyst, technical content writer or digital marketing consultant).
  4. Administrative Tech Jobs (tech office manager, tech operations coordinator or team coordinator).
  5. Tech Support Jobs (IT support engineer, customer support consultant or technical support officer).

Ok so I know what recruiters want from me and what careers I could move into, but what companies should I now be looking at?

Companies that are right for you largely depends on your personality and what settings you feel comfortable. Some graduates thrive in larger companies and some feel too overwhelmed so prefer a small, private company. Not every company will be the right fit for you and that is ok! Here are some different types of companies you can work for and some examples:

  1. Technology Creator Companies produce hard and software. These can range from larger corporations like Google, Facebook and Microsoft, to smaller software houses who specialise in one product.
  2. Technology Enhancer Companies include software houses and consultancy firms which support their clients with their IT and tech challenges. These include Deloitte, IBM, PwC and KPMG.
  3. End-User Companies are organisations which use IT and tech services to support their activities, for example the software a bank uses. Well known companies in this sector include HSBC, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Barclays.

Other big tech employers to check out are BT, Citrix, Qube, Siemens, Sky and Vodaphone.

Make sure you use the resources out there for you, such as The Bright Network and Prospects to research into the different sectors and divisions of the tech industry. It can sometimes be overwhelming at first with all the different types of jobs and company’s, but this is why we have helped you break them down into specific areas. Now you have foundational knowledge of what different tech companies do, where to find them, what tech recruiters want from you and available graduate schemes, you can go off and see where you think you fit best!