More than 120 students attended Citi’s Technology Roadshow in Belfast earlier this month at an event designed to promote Citi as a ‘Centre of Excellence for Technology’.
The Citi Technology Roadshow visited Queen’s University Belfast on November 7th, explaining to students the variety of IT roles that help to support the global banking business and the employment opportunities available to technology graduates. It also served as a reminder of the commitment of the the School of Electronics, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science to partner with industry on events to benefit the future employability of our graduates.
Five main stalls where set up on campus, representing some of the major IT roles: Development, Quality Assurance, Support, Business Analysis and Project Management. Using posters and software demonstrations, local Citi staff explained the skills required for each position and what a typical day might entail.
In order to demonstrate how the roles interact, a typical software product lifecycle was presented, allowing students to visualise the contributions required of each role.
Representatives from Citi’s social and community volunteering clubs also attended, explaining Citi’s focus on a work-life balance and the company’s ethos of giving back to the local community.
The feedback from the students was fantastic, with many talking with staff in great detail to hear about the exciting opportunities a career in IT offers.
There was also a competition taking place on the day with an Amazon Kindle as top prize. Student Conor Watters was the eventual winner:
"I found the careers event that Citi organised very worthwhile and informative. It allowed myself and other classmates the opportunity to view the vast number of positions available within Citi. I got the chance to meet employees, ask them questions on how to gain placements and they offered advice on interview techniques and CV's. All the staff of Citi were very approachable and honest about any questions we had and I found the eventvery rewarding as it gave me a better insight into the area I want to work in as well as picking up a few freebies and the chance of winning a Kindle."
(L-R) Ann Doris, Placement advisor from Queen's University Belfast; Mark McCormack from Citi present Conor Waters with his prize.
Overall the roadshow proved to be a huge success providing local students with an insight into a career in IT and encouraging them to apply for the full range of opportunities available, such as Citi Quest and the various Citi Academy and student placement programmes.