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Thursday, February 12, 2015

My IT's not just for the boys! Experience - the application process

Name: Emma Wilkinson
University: Loughborough University
Degree: Computing and Management BSc

I found out about IT’s not just for the boys! through my University at Loughborough. I have always been fascinated by technology and how it impacts on business, however I did not want a role in development. This was the perfect opportunity to find out what some of the largest companies offer other than development roles.

The first step of the application processes was to fill in an application form, it was more straight forward than placement and graduate forms, so don’t worry! Details required consist of; contact details, which university you are at, grades in English and Maths at GCSE, UCAS points and the class of degree you are predicted to obtain. You are also asked to attach your CV to support your application along with a paragraph of around 200 words describing why you would like to attend the event. If you have a passion for technology then this is easy, remember to include key points like work experience you have had in technology and why you want to learn more. Make sure you show that you can offer something different from the other girls applying.

Within a couple of days of sending off your application you will receive an email, if you have been successful, inviting you to book at telephone interview online. The word interview can sound a little scary, however it was more like a friendly chat. Make sure you have prepared for the interview, look up which companies are going to be attending the event. You may be asked to say which company you are most interested in seeing and why. Try to be innovative with your answer, find something out about the company other than their graduate scheme. For example, I was looking forward to meeting Barclays and I know they have introduced ‘Digital Eagles’ into their branches in the last year, this fascinated me as it was related to my final year project at university.

Within a week of the telephone interview you will receive an email, if you have been successful, inviting you to the event. Simple!

Good Luck!
Emma Wilkinson

Now you know what to expect, what are you waiting for? Click here to find out about how you could attend!