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Magee Computing Students Boost Employment Prospects

20 June 2013

Students from the University of Ulster’s Magee campus have been finding out about the exciting internship opportunities available at leading technology manufacturer, Seagate.

Over thirty first and second year Computing students took part in a site visit to the Derry~Londonderry based company this week, which was organised by the university’s Career’s Department.

Moira McCarthy, Career Development Manager at Magee, said: “Our students are engaging and building relationships with local employers like Seagate right from their first year of study.

“With around a third of this year’s graduate vacancies likely to be filled by applicants who have already worked for the employer as an undergraduate, employability is very much embedded into the Ulster student experience.

“These computing students are actively looking for placement opportunities, summer internships and industry specific work experience.

“Computing is one of the largest growth sectors in Northern Ireland, and has a key role to play in the Government’s strategic vision to ensure that the UK is at the forefront of the global digital economy.

“It is no surprise that these young, aspiring computing professionals are ready and up for the challenge.”

Ben McLaughlin, Senior Director, Information Technology, Seagate, added: "This year, we have 15 placement opportunities at our Springtown facility for various disciplines and we are hoping to grow this next year.

“We are delighted to meet with the Computer Science students from Magee and show them around the facility as there is massive potential for individuals with computing skills in our unique nano-technology environment.

“Our IT infrastructure and software are critical to our business success and our highly-skilled people who design, develop, implement and maintain our business systems are invaluable.

“Internships are an essential part of our long term strategy for attracting the best and brightest individuals who are talented in their field, technically curious and prepared to take on the challenge of working within a fast paced, leading edge organisation. "