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One of our organisers, Fatos Ismajli, an undergraduate of Kings College London, attended a presentation at his former uni about the importance of societies to graduates. Guest speakers from three organisations, the IEEE, the BCS (Chartered Institute for IT) and the IET (The Institution For Engineering & Technology) all made presentations about what they offered to graduates and how they could help with career progression.
Being an active member of a community is an excellent way to network with fellow developers, share information and potentially even acquire new jobs. Obviously the GDC should still be your number one J but these other societies could also be valuable resources.
Here is a brief summary on each, but for more detailed information you should definitely check them out:
The IEEE is the world’s largest professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. They run competitions, award scholarships, allow students access to an extensive library and have several special interest groups, including a computing society. They also have a general news site (http://spectrum.ieee.org/) and their IEEEXtreme competition is a world-renowned programming contest: (http://www.ieee.org/membership_services/membership/students/competitions/xtreme/index.html).
More information here: http://www.ieee.org
The IET was Founded 140 years ago and is the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. They also run competitions, awards and scholarships.
More information here: http://www.theiet.org/
Finally, the BCS. They champion the global IT profession and the interests of individuals engaged in that profession for the benefit of all. The Institute fosters links between experts from industry, academia and business to promote new thinking, education and knowledge sharing. Again they run competitions and scholarships.
More information here: http://www.bcs.org/
One more noteworthy society that weren’t present at the event is the ACM (Association of Computer Machinery), who are one of the largest groups dedicated to computer science. They produce a large catalogue of specialist publications and also run several SIGs like the IEEE.
More info here: www.acm.org
I hope this brief guide to graduate friendly communities helps, I’m sure there are many more out there, but these are some of the most well known.
If you have any questions about any of the above or require careers advice don’t hesitate to give me a shout at email@example.com.
Here are four internships available immediately for bright graduates. Please see the full information and contact details of how to apply below.
- MOIXA TECHNOLOGY – JAVA INTERN FOR A FLEXIBLE 3-18 MONTH PLACEMENT REQUIRED BY ENERGETIC START UP BASED ON PRIMROSE HILL, CENTRAL LONDON
- VISIONONTV LTD – JAVA INTERN REQUIRED TO DEVELOP CMS FOR EXCITING SOCIAL CHANGE TV STATION.
- STONEBURN SOFTWARE SERVICES LTD – INTERN FOR A 3 MONTH PLACEMENT WORKING WITH GOOGLE & AMAZON ENTERPRISE / CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES IN LONDON
- SHARCA.COM – JAVA INTERN FOR A 3 MONTH PLACEMENT
MOIXA TECHNOLOGY – JAVA INTERN FOR A FLEXIBLE 3-18 MONTH PLACEMENT REQUIRED BY ENERGETIC START UP BASED ON PRIMROSE HILL, CENTRAL LONDON
Moixa Technology are a design led R&D company into consumer energy, focusing on smart energy, DC and low power solutions. Our group comprises the Moixa Energy – USBCELL Battery Company – developing intelligent battery solutions, Moixa Technology – developing Home energy solutions, and related R&D projects in energy efficient technologies.
We are recruiting for an internship on a two month trial basis that could become full employment if all goes well. It’s an experiment to save the planet. An open-ended project were you could really make a difference to our energy future. We need someone energetic, creative, with strong knowledge and experience working in Java, knowledge of OSGI / user interface design skills an advantage.
Summary of Project Technical Aims and Outcomes
Technology Strategy Board supported project, led by cleantech 100 company Moixa Energy
Driving energy efficiency and behaviour change through inventive and engaging communication
Interfacing with existing IT and Building Management Systems (BMS) to extract energy and use data, and turning this into communications that are meaningful to the people working in the buildings
Software mechanisms and algorithms to sense the state of the building and to initiate energy saving interventions.
By exploiting and co-opting existing technologies and developing a user-centred design approach, the project will deliver ‘conversational tools’ through which people and buildings can input and receive information about themselves and each other.
See what else we do at
Get involved for 2 to 18 months from August, the internship will be paid, and get something good done for this world. Please title your email ‘Hacking Buildings’ and attach your CV/Examples of your work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telephone: +44 (0)207 734 1511
VISIONONTV LTD – JAVA INTERN REQUIRED TO DEVELOP CMS FOR EXCITING SOCIAL CHANGE TV STATION.
Vision on TV is a creative commons social change TV station, producing, aggregating and broadcasting the best radical media to create conversations around social change.
We are recruiting for a Java developer/web cms geek/designer to customise/ build portals for liferay (http://liferay.com) CMS based on video and social networking.
This would be a 3 month internship based in Hackney, East London. We can pay expenses.
We are looking for someone interested in radical politics and/or the social impact of new media, willing to learn liferay (fast-growing open source JAVA-based CMS) and build creative mash-ups based on this platform.
For more information or to apply please contact:
STONEBURN SOFTWARE SERVICES LTD – INTERN FOR A 3 MONTH PLACEMENT WORKING WITH GOOGLE & AMAZON ENTERPRISE / CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES IN LONDON
Stoneburn is a cloud solution specialist focusing on medium sized enterprises, enabling you to collaborate using cloud applications, remove server and software capital costs and reduce the burden on IT teams.
Our cloud solutions and services use the latest cloud technologies:
• Microsoft Windows Azure
• Google App Engine
• Google Apps
• Amazon Web Services
• Google Enterprise Search
• K-Cloud and 2e2 cloud infrastructure
Our end to end services ensure fast development, with consulting, implementation, support and management all designed to capitalise on the cloud’s practical, low cost and collaboration benefits.
In the two years since Stoneburn was established we have become Googles leading partner in the UK for Enetrpsie Search and one of only a handful of strategic partners that work directly with the Google Enterprise team.
Stoneburn is a start-up organisation and as such is much less structured than a more established business. We operate from a sales office in Central London but also work at client sites and remotely from our home offices. Being a start-up everyone gets involved in all aspects of the business.
This position would ideally suit someone who is looking to learn more about what is involved in starting a business as well as someone who has a keen interest in Cloud technologies and Enterprise Search.
If you are looking for a highly structured, office based role Stoneburn is not for you.
The placement will be for three months (from now until the start of the new term) and we will be able to pay the interns expenses for the three months.
The ideal candidate will have the following skillsets:
Nice to Have:
Microsoft Active Directory
If you would like further information or to apply please contact;
SHARCA.COM – JAVA INTERN FOR A 3 MONTH PLACEMENT
Sharca.com is a new company you would work directly with the founder based in New Zealand and a team of three based in India with another local developer being hired shortly.
We are looking for graduate developer to work full-time on a brand new startup with the founder who is part-time. Must be a “self-starter”, you will work in parallel with a team in India, with the opportunity to engage in peer review and leadership. You would be working from home and will need to provide your own equipment.
Ideal Candidate Skill set:
You must have some prior work that can be shown and talked about this can be university projects or open source work etc…
Must have knowledge in Java.
If you would like to apply please email and include the following;
- Academic transcript
- In your own words, what “git rebase” means
- And a small (less than 100 lines) piece of code you think is great for some reason – Please explain why you think it’s great.
Contact email address:
Following the success of our first event in November we would like to announce our second event which is being presented by IBM.
Do you wonder how the world of IT is going to change over the next two, five and ten years?
Every year for more than a quarter of a century, IBM’s research division has conducted a study they call the Global Technology Outlook. It’s their Research team’s vision of the future for information technology, synthesising enormous insight from academia, their partners and, of course, their clients around the world. And, it’s what drives IBM’s $6B investment in R&D each year.
The Global Technology Outlook provides one comprehensive overview of advances in technology – but it’s much more than raw technology. It’s a view into how new technologies can be applied in the marketplace, and how they are expected to change and create new industries and businesses in the process. Its these same industries and businesses that members of the London Graduate Development Community may well work in, shape and lead.
About the Presenter:
Rob Nicholson is a Senior Technical Staff Member working at IBM’s Hursley Park development campus. Currently he is working in the Language Technology group on an implementation of the PHP language which runs on a Java Virtual Machine. He holds the title of “IBM Master Inventor” for a sustained record of invention with over 40 patents across storage, micro-electronics, business processes, and a few in software. During his career, Rob has worked in many areas of development across IBM’s Hardware, Software and Research divisions. He has a passion for technology and loves to present and discuss the GTO because he finds the glimpses of the future inspiring and exciting.
Spaces are limited, to register for the event and confirm your free space please visit our official site: http://www.meetup.com/grad-dc/calendar/12259922/
We hope to see you on the night!