As a business we are keen to nurture and grow talent, last month we launched into a programme of early career engagement. Our focus was on presenting Propel Tech to the next wave of technology experts at graduate careers fairs, to kick off our programme we headed out to the University of Leeds ‘Working in STEM’ event.
It was great to see so many students and businesses in person, being able to meet others face-2-face at our first in-person careers event since before the pandemic felt positive, and doing so at Leeds University was particularly special for our Operations Director, Chris and Developer, Charlie, who are both University of Leeds Alumni and who were both on hand at the event to talk tech.
We were shown to our allocated spot in one of three large sports halls and were delighted to see that we had been given prime position in front of the doors, so we could welcome the students as they entered. It was fantastic to see so many other businesses embracing going back to face-to-face events. We quickly got set up and unpacked the 100 goody bags we had brought, which were filled with Propel Tech branded water bottles, notebooks, pens, multicharger cables and of course sweets! We then eagerly waited for the students to arrive.
By 11am the halls were full of people keen to find out what graduate and internship opportunities were available to them. We were impressed with the level of confidence and knowledge that students demonstrated and even as a team of 4 we were overrun with questions, discussions, and interesting technology careers conversations. We found that all were keen to hear about the type of projects Propel Tech delivers, who Propel Tech's clients are, what the team culture is like, and importantly how we could help them to get their careers in tech off to the best possible start.
Propel Tech's early careers programmes offer students and graduates a unique opportunity to apply cutting-edge tools and technologies, whilst being mentored by our highly skilled teams. From the hundreds of students, we spoke to, many were pleased to find out that we offer a permanent role to graduates from day one, and we don’t hold them back with lengthy training bootcamps. We have our graduates working on client projects from the start, so they can learn on the job alongside completing more formal training.
We spoke to students from a range of STEM subject courses, from computer science to mathematics to astrophysics, and more. Despite running out of goody bags by 2pm, we carried on meeting and talking with our potential future team members until the event closed at 4pm.
We could not have had a better experience for our first post pandemic in person fair. We were thrilled to have the chance to meet so many talented future software developers and talk tech with them. We’re now looking forward to meeting students from other universities at our next careers fair event.
If you’re interested in our Graduate Software Developer or Software Development Intern roles, then applications are now open! Find out more by visiting our Early Careers page.