Category Archives: Work Experience

FDM Group alerts graduates to high technology salaries to promote IT careers

According to a recent report published by the Royal Academy of Engineering, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates are currently earning 4.47% more than university leavers with a first degree in other subjects.

Furthermore the study, which is based on data from the UK Labour Force survey, found that professionals working in STE occupations earn 19% more than those not working in STE roles.

FDM Group Recruitment Manager, Madeleine Field, said “It is widely recognised that the IT industry is highly lucrative and can lead graduates into high flying positions with impressive rates of pay and career prospects. These latest figures certainly emphasise this and should be used to draw graduates to the industry.”

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, is dedicated to combating the IT skills shortage by promoting IT careers and is urging graduates with related degrees to take note of these latest figures.

As the REA report pointed out, “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are subject areas that are deemed crucial for a modern economy. Having a sufficient supply of skilled workers trained in these subjects is seen as a pressing policy priority.”

And with just 44.2% of employed graduates working within the industry six months after graduating in 2010, the ‘Best Technical Graduate Recruiter’ of 2010 firmly believes in the value of combating the IT skills shortage by attracting graduates to the industry.

Madeleine Field went on to say, “The maintenance of a steady flow of graduates into the IT industry is crucial to the success of the sector and consequently the economy as a whole. As a company that has been training and recruiting graduates for over 21 years, we understand how beneficial their contribution can be.”

The international IT services provider is renowned for its award winning graduate scheme which offers university leavers the chance to launch a career in IT through a unique combination of industry centred training and real commercial experience.

In 2011 the firm ranked in 9th position of TheJobCrowd’s 50 ‘Top Companies For Graduates to Work For.’

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group supports graduates by offering bilingual opportunities

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer and international IT services provider, FDM Group, has just announced a surge in the number of bilingual job vacancies it has available and firmly believes in the benefits of taking on these roles.

FDM is currently calling for English speaking graduates with a technical background and a second language of French, Cantonese, Mandarin, German or Polish to apply for the various job roles it has available.

The ‘Best Technical Graduate Recruiter’ of 2010 strongly supports the belief that bilingual opportunities can offer graduates the chance to gain the experience that will provide them with a competitive edge over other university leavers.

FDM Group Recruitment Manager, Madeleine Field, said, “Due to the need to associate ideas and objects with a set of words from two or more languages simultaneously, bilingual and multilingual workers often develop a flexible and creative way of thinking. This is an attractive quality for employers and candidates who have taken on these roles will often be favoured over monolingual jobseekers.”

FDM Group is seeking to alert graduates to the fact that bilingual work does not only centre around translating, interpreting and teaching.

Madeleine Field went on to say, “Graduates are often deterred from bilingual roles because they don’t want to go into the fields associated with these particular positions. However at FDM we feel it’s important to let bilingual graduates know that we can offer them the chance to work within the field of IT, finance and sales.”

The company is currently recruiting Cantonese and Mandarin speaking graduates to work within the thriving city state of Hong Kong as well as Singapore, within IT and sales.

A number of French speaking IT graduates will also have the opportunity to work in Luxembourg and across Europe for one or more of the firm’s prestigious clients, including financial and software firms.

Applicants to the firm’s Frankfurt Academy must speak fluent English and German and often have the opportunity to work in the UK as well as other European countries including Switzerland.

As part of its latest effort to support bilingual graduates, the firmly established employer has also extended its recruitment drive to Poland and is offering native graduates the opportunity to work both in their home country as well as the UK and Germany.

Not only will these roles allow chosen candidates to develop their bilingual skills, but working abroad could also provide graduates with a distinct advantage by building on their sense of independence, communication skills and ability to adapt to new environments.

For more information about the FDM Academy Programme please go to: www.fdmacademy.com

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Academy’s top tips to avoid a graduate scheme scam

As youth unemployment reaches a record high of almost one million, the scope for graduates to be duped by graduate scheme scams has widened considerably.

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, is seeking to combat the problem by offering graduates top tips for avoiding graduate employer scams.

• Don’t rely on internet forums
There will always be disgruntled ex-employees who vent their anger across various internet forums so don’t rely on these. Do your own research and decide for yourself.

• Look at the company’s media coverage
Research the company by googling them and picking out relevant media coverage. If a graduate recruiter has featured within a range of well-known publications they can almost certainly be trusted.

• Check for awards and accreditations
To receive credible awards companies have to go through a vigiorous selection process, which should uncover any scams and wrongdoings. You can also check if a company is legitimate by finding out if they have been accredited by relevant industry bodies. For IT firms check with the Learning and Performance Institute (formerly the IITT) or BCS.

• Avoid roles that require payment for training
If a company is investing in you by enrolling you on their graduate programme, they should be willing to cover your training costs. Ultimately a graduate employer would not be taking you on if they didn’t feel they could ultimately recuperate these costs through your work.

• Don’t apply for jobs that don’t require a face to face interview
Do not apply for jobs that promise high rates of pay without qualifications and a face-to-face interview. If you are taking on a role you should always meet the employer in person and visit the offices.

• Ask around
Ask your university careers centre about the company or the scheme. If they haven’t heard of the company they can advise you on the best possible ways to check them out. You could also try asking your friends and family but be weary as unfounded rumours do tend to circulate. The firm may also have facebook and Linkedin groups which you could use to ask current or past employees about their experiences with the company.

• Read the contract
This may sound obvious but if you are presented with a contract make sure you pick through it with a fine toothcomb. If there are any areas you are unsure of make sure you ask an employee about these before you sign the document.

• Visit the company’s offices
Ask the company if you can go along to their offices for an informal visit and make sure you meet employees who have gone through the graduate programme.

• Ensure the company is financially stable
Before you take on a graduate role make sure the company is financially stable and growing. The last thing you want is to be made redundant a few months down the line because the company has gone into liquidation. Join a company that is growing and experiencing financial success.

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group explains why IT graduates are seeking international job opportunities

Whilst questioning a focus group of graduate IT Consultants recently, the UK’s largest IT graduate employer discovered a key reason behind the phenomenal amount of graduate applications it has received this year – its international opportunities.

The chance to travel the world after graduating, when ties have not yet been formed and the thirst for discovery is at its peak, has always been popular with University leavers.

In this current economic climate it is no surprise that many graduates are often taking on pre-university job roles to fund a post-university “gap year,” whilst the economy creeps back onto its feet.

However ambitious graduates who cannot afford to sacrifice their career goals for the sake of a backpacking adventure are seeking to combine climbing the career ladder with exploring the world.

This is where international graduate employers such as FDM Group step in.

FDM not only supports graduates seeking to break into the IT sector by bridging the gap between University and employment, but the company can also offer this sought after combination of international travel and career progression.

With training academies in London, Brighton, Manchester, Frankfurt and New York, FDM trains its graduate employees within one of these locations for 12-16 weeks.

After this initial period, trainees become fully fledged IT Consultants and have the opportunity to work in any of the academy locations as well as places such as Zurich, Luxemburg and Hong Kong, to name a few.

FDM Academy Recruitment and Events manager Madeleine Field said, “The chance to be placed within some of the world’s most famous financial hubs and prime international locations has been a key reason behind the 18,000 applications we have received so far this year.”

FDM recognises that the experience of living and working abroad can provide graduates with the chance to enhance their employability by providing them with valuable life experiences and exposing them to different working habits, cultures and people.

FDM IT Consultant Ben Buxton said, “FDM gave me an opportunity to work in America, one I would never have got without them. For my first job after university this was a big move, but FDM provided me all the support I needed to adjust and settle down in my new job and life. I am happy to say my future career prospects have been greatly improved thanks to the experience I have gained whilst on site overseas.’”

There is no doubt that employers will often favour a candidate who has sought independence and adapted to a world away from home over a graduate with the same amount of experience on their doorstep.

Madeleine Field said, “Someone who has displayed gumption by successfully taking on a job placement in a foreign country will stand out to employers as someone who has what it takes to succeed. This is precisely why the ability to be geographically flexible is a prerequisite for employment with FDM.”

To find out more and apply to FDM’s two-year graduate scheme visit the Academy website www.fdmacademy.com.

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group supports undergraduates with a passion for marketing

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, is to recruit a selection of talented students from 12 Universities across the country to fill marketing positions.

FDM Group is renowned for offering a unique combination of technical training and real commercial experience through its two-year graduate programme, which has seen the company scoop awards such as “The Best Technical Graduate Recruiter” of 2010.

The company has kick-started the IT careers of over 3,000 IT graduates and will be recruiting a further 1,000 University leavers this year alone.

In an effort to do so, FDM is currently on the hunt for exceptional second year students, with a flair for marketing, to take on some exciting part-time positions.

Not only will this enable FDM to reach out to students interested in pursuing a career in IT, but it will also allow the company to support students who have their sights set on a career in marketing.

Successful candidates will be responsible for promoting the FDM brand on campus through direct marketing and online activities and must possess the communication skills needed to do so.

Imagination, ambition and enthusiasm are all prerequisites for this role, as brand managers will be expected to drive exposure through new ideas and work on their own initiative.

This opportunity will provide students with valuable marketing experience and help to ensure that their CV’s stand out from the crowd after graduation.

FDM Marketing Manager Nabila Salem said, “At University I worked as a student brand manager and I’m so glad I did. Although I studied marketing at the time the role pushed me to discover what marketing a brand was really about in the real world. It also helped when it came to applying for jobs after University as the role provided me with commercial experience and highlighted my enthusiasm for the industry.”

Brand managers will be rewarded with a competitive salary and benefits and should they succeed in their role, they might even receive an offer from FDM to come on board after graduation!

And as the 11th fastest growing company in Europe, with offices in London, Brighton, Manchester, New York, Zurich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Luxemburg, the opportunities FDM can offer are certainly impressive.

To apply for this role please send a CV and covering letter to sbm@fdmgroup.com by 2nd September 2011.

Note to candidates:

Student brand managers are expected to work for 5 hours per week and must apply by 2nd September 2011.

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group supports outstanding IT undergraduates

FDM Group is once again supporting emerging talent within the IT industry by sponsoring an award for the Best Development Project at the University of Brighton.

Since January 2011 the UK’s largest IT graduate employer, FDM Group, has been collaborating with the Sussex based University to offer a unique Master Class Programme to exceptional IT graduates.

The pioneering qualification incorporates all aspects of the highly successful FDM Academy Programme as well as a fully- funded MSc in Applied Computer Science.

But this commendable relationship between a top graduate employer and university did not begin here. FDM Group has been sponsoring the “FDM Prize” as part of the University of Brighton’s School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics prize-giving ceremony since 2008.

The admirable initiative aims to reward the most promising students in the school with a variety of prizes ranging from cash to membership of organisations.

The value of the FDM prize, which is open to final year Computing Programme students, has been demonstrated by the impressive track record of previous winners.

The first student to receive the FDM sponsored award, Jeremy Carey, who joined the FDM Academy Programme, now works as an Investment Banker placed at UBS in the USA.

Previous winners have also stayed true to their academic roots and are working as developers within some of the world’s leading companies.

This year’s winner, Wayne Haffenden, has shown great potential and was highly praised by his course leader for the project that has led to him winning the FDM prize.

FDM’s CEO, Rod Flavell, said:, “FDM Group is extremely proud to be sponsoring this valuable award once again. As a University of Brighton graduate myself I strongly believe in the value of supporting such promising local talent and feel that the awards serve to assure these future graduates that they clearly have what it takes to reach their goals.”

The University of Brighton is equally thrilled with the ongoing relationship. Professor Miltos Petridis, head of the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, said: “We are delighted to continue the university’s relationship with FDM Group through their continued support of this prize and the university’s validation of the Applied Computer Science MSc.”

The School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics prize-giving ceremony takes place on 27 July 2011 at 10am in the lecture theatre of the University of Brighton’s new £23 million Huxley Building.

For more information on FDM Group and FDM Academy please visit www.fdmgroup.com and www.fdmacademy.com

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

FDM Group introduces review initiative to assessment days

In order to continuously improve its assessment process, FDM Group has introduced an anonymous feedback initiative to ensure it is providing graduates with the best possible experience right from the outset.

The UK’s largest IT graduate employer is committed to helping graduates break into the IT industry by providing a unique combination of industry centred training and real commercial experience.

Following a period of phenomenal international expansion, FDM is doubling its graduate intake to 1,000 in 2011.

However the “Best Technical Graduate Recruiter” of 2010 has already received a staggering 17,000 applications so far, therefore competition remains fierce.

To land a place on FDM’s competitive two-year graduate programme, candidates must shine throughout a day long assessment period which includes a logic, technical, soft skill and written test as well as other interviews and exercises.

To ensure that its recruitment process continues to meet the high standards of the company, FDM has introduced anonymous feedback forms to give attendees the opportunity to review FDM’s assessment days.

Since introducing the initiative to its London and Manchester Academies last month the company’s interview process has so far received an astounding response with 91% of the graduates who attended stating that their overall impression of FDM was “positive.”

When asked if they were still interested in joining FDM after the assessment, 98% of the attendees answered “yes”.

Business Support Manager Catherine Cheek said, “Interview processes may seem like an unlikely area for employers to evaluate. However the initiative and fantastic responses we have received so far just highlight how committed we are to providing graduates with the best possible service whether they decide to join FDM or not.”

To find out more about FDM Group please visit the website: www.fdmgroup.com

If you are interesting in joining the FDM Academy please visit: www.fdmacademy.com

This post was submitted by sheira gorris.

Social Media no Help to Job Hunters

Whilst 70% of students have made use of popular social media websites to help in their job search, only 20% have actually found them to be of any use.

A UK-wide survey of students and graduates was carried out by a student jobs website. They asked 177 people a range of questions pertaining to job hunting. 143 people responded that social media was of no help whatsoever.

No doubt there it is a challenging job market for students and with the wide-spread use of social media within the student community already, it seems logical to extend its use to job hunting. One would have thought it an ideal way for a candidate to advertise themselves to potential employers. Many respondents reported to feel that they simply wasted their time.

Timothy Mukasa, who commissioned the research said, “The results came as a total surprise. There is a lot of press about the usefulness of social media for job hunting, however the evidence here appears to be contradictory. We would advise students not to dismiss, or totally rely on, social media, but to see it as an additional string to the job hunting bow”.

It was found in the survey that students got the most use from job board websites when doing their job search online. The old-fashioned way of networking and referrals came in second with 32% of respondents finding that to be most effective.

“Facebook for Careers” Launches in the UK

WYGU launches to help us break away from ‘accidental careers’ Do you remember what you wanted to be when you ‘grew up’?

WYGU (When You Grow Up) www.wygu.com, the new social careers guidance, development and e-mentoring platform today announces its public launch.

‘What do you want to be When You Grow Up?’ it’s a challenging question that we’ve all faced in our youth, and some of us live with this uncertainty well into our career journey as adults.

It’s also an unfortunate fact that many of us have fallen into ‘accidental careers’ and often regret our choices, leaving us unable to achieve our true potential.

WYGU launches today after four months in Beta to address some of the fundamental problems in the current careers market by offering a platform for advice and guidance, direct from individuals at all levels and in every sector.

WYGU does this by offering a free online space for people to receive e-mentoring, peer guidance and personal career-matching, as well as access to a wealth of industry and user-generated content in a unique information resource, the WYGUpedia.

WYGU’s Matching Engine is unique in that it assesses an individual’s suitability for between 10 to 100 careers automatically against over a million variables and has the further unique capability of self-learning through the crowd-sourced WYGUpedia.

WYGU also champions the process of ‘e-mentoring’. Mentoring is associated traditionally with deep, prolonged and highly resource-intensive models. WYGU believes that everyone should have the benefit of one or more mentors, often changing with the specific stage and needs an individual goes through in their career development.

WYGU will encourage people to be users, mentors or both, promoting a give-back campaign through the use of its trademarked Personal Social Responsibility (PSR) ‘league tables’ showing the top individual and corporate contributors by industry over any given period.

The platform is designed to bring the careers community together to help those:

· In education seeking guidance

· Stuck in ‘accidental’ careers and considering change

· Looking for a mentor

· Looking to build their career

· Seeking new opportunities or challenges

· Wanting to help others develop or chose their careers

WYGU has been under development with a team of 10 for the past 14 months and is focused on encouraging everybody to take personal responsibility (PSR) for changing the way careers are developed and avoid falling into careers accidentally.

Sign up at WYGU.com to:

1. Find a career that combines your skills and interests

2. Join the conversation about careers and exchange knowledge within the community

3. Contribute to the WYGUpedia of careers information online, accessible to all and enabling the right help to get to the right people

4. Build your Individual, Institutional or Corporate profile and network around focus, career development, recruitment or social contribution.

This post was submitted by WYGU.

UK Students seek work Experience in India

Students in the UK who have recently finished their business and finance studies are turning to work experience in India. Already in 2009, ten British students from a cross-section of UK universities have begun work experience in India, through the UK-India Business Council Scholarship (UKIBC) Scheme.

A UKIBC spokesman announced that there has been a clear upward trend in British students seeking to work in India. Students are reported to see this as an excellent opportunity of work experience in India and many use their work experience to judge if India is a suitable place for students to build careers.

The 10 students who are currently on work experience programmes in India are working in a range of sectors, from banks to social organizations and non-governmental organizations. Being able to gain valuable experience in a key emerging market and the rapid progression available to the right candidates, it is no surprise that work experience in India is becoming more attractive.

“This exchange will strengthen our aim to position ‘modern’ India in the minds of the next generation and also strengthen the business, trade and investment ties between India and the UK,” said Sharon Bamford, CEO of UKIBC.

This programme of increased foreign exchange programme ties between India and the UK is strongly supported by the British High Commission in India too. Sir Richard Stagg, the High Commissioner, has spoken in support of work experience in India on several occasions.

One of the students who were successful in securing a scholarship through the UKIBC for their work experience India programme said, “Having studied in Singapore, I would consider Asia and India as a destination for my career. These next few months will help me concrete this decision.”

A recent Cambridge University graduate, Simon Milward, saw the opportunity of work experience in India as highly valuable and has found that the programme fits well with his aspirations to have a career in social enterprise. “I want to take this scholarship as an opportunity to work in India, especially with the poor. India is one of my preferred destinations.”

A recent Kingston University graduate adds, “Due to India’s shift towards becoming a global power, I feel that this experience would be hugely beneficial to me.”

One of the companies offering work experience in India as part of the scholarship scheme is KPMG. Ian Gomes, chairman of the High Growth Markets division said, “As the epicentre of business activity moves towards the emerging markets, it is inevitable that future generations of international managers will require hands on experience of working and operating in these markets if they wish to progress their careers rapidly.

“It’s never too early to build a better understanding of new peoples, their cultures and work styles in today’s globalised world.”