UEA Computing and Technology Careers 2015

It was only a year ago that I was attending the previous Computing and Technology Careers Event as I neared the end of my degree at UEA, eager to find out about what opportunities were possible within the technology sector. It was great to go back this year to talk about my experience of the last 12 months.

I had been very keen to stay local to Norwich and was interested in working for a smaller company, so was enthused to talk about the route I took – from studying for my degree, to finding relevant work experience and getting onto the UEA graduate internship programme which lead to my employment.

This year’s event featured an even larger proportion of Norwich and Norfolk based businesses and groups, demonstrating just how thriving the digital economy is in the region. This is further enforced by the official recognition of Norwich as a Tech City UK Cluster in the Tech Nation Report 2015.

The subject of our presentation was ‘Working for SMEs – benefits of starting your career in a small business’, which we were well qualified to discuss as the smallest company on the lineup. Despite smaller companies often not having the resources to justify an excessive presence at recruitment events, we found that there was plenty of interest from students with regards to careers in small and local organisations to spark some very interesting conversations at the networking session after the talks. We also used the event as a platform to launch MADE Source, a scheme which enables us to outsource small projects to technically minded students at UEA looking for paid work experience and connections with local digital companies.