So I've just graduated from university studying Computer Science (with a first ) and I currently applying for a graduate jobs. Whenever I fill in applications there's always a "work experience" page to fill in and I assume that means relevant work experience. I don't have any relevant work experience, so is it best to just write about part time work I had while at uni? Or will they just laugh, should I leave it blank?
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- Thread Starter
- 17-09-2015 11:48
- 17-09-2015 12:30
No one is going to laugh at you. Graduate IT jobs are about problem solving, time management, enthusiasm hard work and dedication. Is maybe highlight any experience you have in that lot. I am guess you are just kicking around the house whilst waiting for your next job? If so, put your time to good use and start a personal software project. Create a website, write an app for your phone. Hack into the US defence department (don't!) - whatever. But once you have the basis of something to show, you can bung that down on your "relevant experience" box too.
PS - don't just apply to large organisations. There are a myriad of smaller companies that will give you a good first step too.
- 26-09-2015 11:43
I got rid of the work experience section on my CV and just replaced it with a projects section.
- 02-10-2015 16:31
Thats a common mistake most companies are including volunteering and any formal work experience you might have as well as part time jobs. Its essentially to check that you have a bit of an idea what working is really going to be like.
You should have a look at RBS as they are taking on a lot of people onto their grad programmes.
- 06-10-2015 17:17
When we look at graduate CV's we look for people who have had some relevant experience, either through volunteering or projects they have done under their own steam to showcase their talent, building an app or website etc.
Can I ask what kind of role you're looking for?