Computer Science is the fastest growing area of undergraduate study in the UK with a 13% growth in applications this year.
With an increasing number of applicants in the graduate jobs market it is more important than ever for students to gain the skills and experience that will make them stand out from the crowd.
Interviewed on BBC breakfast news, IBM UK’s Graduate, Student and Apprenticeship Programme Manager, Jenny Taylor said:
‘It’s not just about the academic qualification, that allows you to apply for a graduate role, it’s all about transferable skills. Competencies such as teamwork, leadership, client focus, good written and verbal communication skills; these are all things that we are looking for in addition to the academic qualification.’
Graduates from Kent have an advantage over their peers by studying on programmes that are designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge that make them highly attractive to potential employers, providing a good balance between theoretical studies and real-life applications. Students also have the option to take a Year in Industry and work in the Kent IT Consultancy as consultants for paying clients.
Head of School, Frank Wang said: ‘One of our major strengths is the employability of our graduates. Latest figures show that 95% of all our BSc graduates and 100% of our Year in Industry BSc graduates are in managerial/professional employment within six months of graduation and that their starting salaries are well above average. We believe that our outstanding record of graduate employment is because of our innovative work placement schemes, strong links with industry and expertise in research-led teaching.’
Kent computing and computer science graduates have launched their careers in many different sectors including finance and insurance, technology and IT, commerce, engineering, government, education, and health. Leading companies such as BAE Systems, Cisco, IBM, Disney, CitiGroup and BT have employed our graduates.
Limited places are available on Kent Computing and Computer Science programmes via clearing.