Students join BCS to further career development

7 April 2003

BCS will be attending the National Mentoring Consortium Careers Day on 24 April at the Royal Agricultural Halls and Conference Centre, Westminster to provide graduates and undergraduates the opportunity to discuss entry into the IT profession and how BCS membership can enhance career prospects.

According to a recent BCS retention survey, the prospect of professional status and career development is attracting increasing numbers of young IT specialists to BCS. More than 70% of student and graduate members surveyed said they had joined the BCS to help with their career and saw BCS membership as a path to professional status.

BCS is the only leading Chartered Professional Institution specialising in the field of information technology and has a student and graduate membership of almost 17,500. BCS is particularly concerned with ensuring that all sectors of society are represented within the IT sector and through its various Specialist Groups such as the BCS Young Professionals Group; the Disability Group; and the Women's Group, provides a forum for sharing experiences and offers practical support and guidance.

BCS chief executive David Clarke explains "BCS seeks to address the concerns facing under-represented sectors of society as it is unfortunate that such individuals often face a tougher challenge when seeking a career within the IT sector. BCS will be available on the day to offer careers advice and to discuss how membership can help develop a career in IT. BCS membership is a strong signal of commitment to a chosen career and reflects understanding of the vital role of IT. The Young Professionals Group chairman James Hickson will be holding a seminar on how to get a job in IT and BCS regional manager David Parsons will be running a seminar on how to get into IT for non IT specialists."

For students and graduates wishing to find out more about the career benefits of joining BCS, please see the Join BCS section or call the BCS membership helpline on +44 (0) 1793 417540.

National Mentoring Consortium website

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