It may not be common knowledge but the UK is the digital capital of Europe when it comes to digital technology investment, talent and skills, and collaboration, as published in a Tech Nation report this year. In 2016 the UK secured £6.8 billion in digital tech investment, 50% higher than any other European country.
Technology is ever evolving, making it an exciting sector to work in, particularly for graduates looking for a challenge as it brings with it the chance to make an incredible impact and opportunity to push boundaries.
ScotGrad successfully placed 23 students and graduates into technology roles in 2017 and fast forward to 2018, we expect this to increase as the technology sector continues to grow in Scotland.
Scotland presents a range of opportunities in SMEs at the forefront of the sector, meaning that you don’t need to re-locate to get started. Edinburgh was recently reported to be the UK’s fastest-growing technology hub, according to a report by Stack Overflow, the global developer community. Edinburgh’s total developer population grew to nearly 20,000 which amounts to 7 developers for every 100 people in the workforce in the city.
ScotGrad partner, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), recently announced it will deliver a brand new technology programme in 2018 on behalf of the Northern Innovation Hub, and as part of the Inverness City Deal funding. This will give graduates the chance to work for small businesses or start-up enterprises in the Highlands to implement the latest technology and support SMEs to accelerate business growth and become more competitive.
Our graduate placements to date have highlighted that you don’t need to be a technology guru to consider a career in the sector. For example, Law student Ifigenia Temesio originally envisioned pursuing a career as a lawyer; she then applied to a ScotGrad placement with Talking Medicines, a global ‘healthtech’ innovator in order to gain some experience in a different sector. This led to her working on a project where she helped to develop the Medsmart App and bring it to market. The placement ignited a passion for Ifigenia and set her on a new career path in the tech sector where she still works today.
It’s important to remember that there are a number of roles needed in tech companies ranging from data scientists, developers, and coders to positions in sales and marketing teams. The market is so versatile that you could be working for a tech company in wider roles, for example, to help bring products to market, or you could use your specialist knowledge to apply to technology-focused roles in all other sectors. The opportunities are endless…
2018 will be an exciting year for the technology sector, as we discover what is to come in areas like artificial intelligence and cyber resilience. It’s a cutting-edge industry we encourage you to explore!
Graduate placements with ScotGrad are available throughout the year. If you’re interested in ScotGrad check out our current placements on offer and register for updates.