Tech Recruiters Welcomed At DkIT Computing Careers Event16 December 2019
All of the heavy hitters from the world of IT attended Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) this week to participate in a ‘Pitch and Meet’ careers event for computing students and graduates.
The event, which was led by the institute’s Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter in collaboration with the Careers & Employability office and the Computing Departments at DkIT, included participation from companies: Google, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft, First Derivatives, Prometric, TrustToken, Verizon Connect, SyncIT and Intact.
As part of the event, third and fourth year computing students had the opportunity to present to industry representatives and showcase their practical skills and attributes. Students heard from a variety employers about career opportunities in the sector, they learned more about the interview process and received insider tips in relation to application processes. Most importantly, students had the opportunity to expand their networks by interacting with professionals within the IT sector and discuss current and future opportunities with their companies.
Speaking today, Dr Fiona Lawless, Head of Department of Computing Science and Mathematics at DkIT said,
“Research indicates that by next year there will be a demand for almost 6.3 million IT professionals in the EU. Our computing graduates are therefore in extremely high demand among employers today and their career prospects are truly better than ever. However it is crucially important that students are aware of exactly what opportunities are available and that they understand how to match their skills, interests and personalities to these roles. This is what today is all about and we teamed up with the Careers & Employability office at DkIT who provided plenty of practical information and guidance aimed at helping our students prepare for entering the workplace.”
Dr Brendan Ryder, Head of Department of Visual and Human-Centred Computing at DkIT added,
“Today was also a fantastic opportunity to pitch and promote our growing portfolio of computing programmes directly to employers and to raise the profile of the institute with some of the biggest names within IT in Ireland. We were delighted to welcome so many companies from within our region and beyond. On behalf of the institute, I would like to extend my thanks for their participation.”
DkIT offers a variety of Level 7 and Level 8 computing undergraduate programmes in areas such as computing (Level 7), cloud computing, datacentres, software development, games development, augmented reality and virtual reality and data analytics . For more information, please visit dkit.ie/courses
 National Skills Council (2019) Forecasting the Future Demand for High Level ICT Skills in Ireland, 2017-2022’