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ECS bucks trend in graduate employment for IT and engineering

Published: 1 November 2010

Despite disappointing national figures published today on graduate employment prospects, more employers than ever before will be attending the School of Electronics and Computer Science Careers Fair on 2 February 2011.

Over recent years job prospects for students in the School have been outstanding, with a record figure announced this year of 97.5 per cent employment for graduates of Electronics or Electrical Engineering, and a figure of 92.5 per cent for Computer Science and IT. The School has a strong engagement programme with local, national and international companies, and aims to ensure that all its students are aware of the opportunities available to develop their skills and awareness of career opportunities as they progress through their degree programme.

‘It’s essential that we produce graduates who have the skills and understanding to play an effective role in developing future technologies,’ says Professor Alun Vaughan, Deputy Head of School (Education). ‘As a School we have worked hard over recent years to ensure that our courses are providing our students with the skills needed in the workplace. We also place a very high value on our employer liaison activity, including our annual Careers Fair and our Careers Hub web site.

‘Our employer liaison activity enables students to work closely with companies who can sponsor projects and course modules, to take up summer internships and work placements in vacations, and to have the best possible information about employment opportunities.

'ECS students are very much in demand by employers for the breadth of their technical understanding, and also because the unique qualities of the ECS programmes ensure that our students will be able to maximize their potential.'

The School’s 2011 Careers Fair will be held on Wednesday 2 February and over 40 companies have already booked places. To find out more, or to become affiliated to our Careers Hub, contact Joyce Lewis; tel.+44(0)23 8059 5453.

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