Career Services & Presentations

Careers information for students, including a list of the latest employer presentations.

It's never too early to think about your future career!

Gaining a degree from a highly regarded university is a great start but in this competitive environment graduate employers are looking for more. To make the most of your time at university, start your career planning early and take advantage of opportunities to develop your skills and experiene and it’s not just technical skills that count: communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, leadership and business awareness are just some of the frequently requested competencies.

Career planning is not just about researching career options and setting goals, but also about building experience (academic, work experience, student activities and more) throughout your years as a student; and being able to market yourself effectively to potential employers.

The Careers Service

Support with all aspects of career planning is provided by the University’s Careers Service, based at 3rd Floor, Central Library, George Square.  

Blog - Lizzie Mortimer, Careers Consultant for Informatics keeps a blog just for students of the School. 

Careers Events  - A programme of events is offered through the year. These are open to students of any year (unless stated otherwise).

Exploring your options – A degree from the School of Informatics offers a wide range of career options. You gain an overview of what’s possible, explore what previous graduates have done, and start to research possible occupations. Information and resources on further study, starting a business, volunteering, and taking time out are also provided.

 1:1 Support – Appointments to discuss any career related issues - from initial ideas, to CVs or job search strategy – can be requested at the Careers Service.  Additionally, a “Careers Drop-in” for School of Informatics students will be offered – look out for email notifications.

Careers Fairs  - a number of campus based & on-line events take place each year. These allow you to meet a wide range of employers at each event and find out what’s on offer to students and graduates.

Employer Presentations – take the opportunity to meet staff from companies targeting Edinburgh students. This is a great way to find out about careers on offer and to network with senior staff and recent graduate employees. Advice on selection processes will be provided. .  **NB Company presentations are also arranged by the School of Informatics. See list below.

 Vacancies – graduate jobs, internships, semester jobs and vacation work can be found on My Career Hub, Edinburgh’s student & graduate employment database. IT student jobs can also be found via E Placement Scotland.

Leaving Informatics?

Future Plans Form - Please fill this out to help keep track of what our graduates are doing

Employers Presentations

 An extensive programme of Employer Presentations is organised by the Careers Service. Presentations run from the start of Semester 1. These are open to final and penultimate year undergraduates and all PG students. Many employers will also welcome first and second year undergraduates.  The full list is available on My Career Hub.

Presentations offer an excellent opportunity to find out about whats on offer, network with employers and recent graduate employees and gain advice on how they recruit.

The School of Informatics also arrange a number of employer presentations - these are detailed below:

Name of Employer Date and Time Location Further Information
Morgan Stanley 30 September 2015 - 1pm Lecture Theatre 4, Appleton Tower

Morgan Stanley's Glasgow office is home to nearly 300 technologists, developing applications across sales and trading, wealth management, information security, risk and regulatory systems and more. Projects in Glasgow are very diverse and cover a wide range of technologies including Java, C#, HTML5, C++, Python, and Scala to name just a few, and typically involve building large distributed systems with a global user base beyond the 1,200 employees in the Glasgow office.

Come along and hear a number of developers talk about what they do at Morgan Stanley and give you an insight into what it is like to work at a global financial services company. We will also give a brief overview of the Morgan Stanley graduate training programme and the application process.

The event will be informal and questions will be encouraged. If you would like to come along, please email us at with a message title of 'Meet the Developer'.

Bloomberg 7 October 2015 - 1pm Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower

In this presentation, we'll explore the ways in which Bloomberg uses functional programming to solve financial problems. In particular, we'll focus on the challenges involved in the development of the Bloomberg Derivatives Library - an application for structuring and pricing financial contracts.

Ethereum 14 October 2015, 1pm Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower

Web 3.0, envisioned by Gavin Wood and developed by Ethereum, is a collection of technologies set to change how we think about massively multi-user online applications. Variously named the decentralised internet or the post-Snowden web, it includes blockchain technology, decentralised file sharing, messaging and real-time data transmission, all with an undercurrent of strong-crypto and personal empowerment. It makes possible non-jurisdictional SaaS, a wholly new notion in social software engineering which can unlock the power of IT in new classes of applications such as asset-tracking, international settlement and crowd-finance. In this introductory talk I'll be taking you through the basics of web3.js, the Web 3.0 Javascipt-based API

Aardvark Swift 20 October 2015, 1pm Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower

Get in the Game is our extensive nationwide tour of careers talks, delivered to hundreds of educators & approx. 3000 Computer Science & Games Development students.

Supported by the games industry, advice is delivered by specialist games recruiters Aardvark Swift, alongside representatives from Microsoft & a variety of UK games studios.

The talks are designed to highlight the benefits and reality of a career in video games development, giving students the guidance they need on how to prepare themselves & improve their employability.

The advice and information we provide is experiential & also based directly on feedback from studios from an annual graduate recruitment survey of UK games developers.

Cisco 21 October 2015, 1:30pm Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower

Join us to our presentation and find out about the internships and graduate opportunities available at the leading networking company that is Cisco.

We will talk to you about how the Internet of Everything (IoE) is changing our world and how you can be part of this new era.

We are running a new student competition this year: the Switch-Up Challenge. You need to form a team and tackle a real social or environmental issue by using the IoE. An exciting tour of our Californian HQ is on offer, and the possibility to start your business with our help.

We look forward to meeting you on 21st October!