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Exhibiting at the UCT Career Day is a great opportunity. We get to meet and help students who are either looking to begin their career after graduating, or who are trying to find out more about career options in general.
We also attend this event in order to spread the word about the tech industry and demystify software engineering as a career choice. Students who come and chat to us have access to real-life SOLIDitech Software Engineers, Quality Assurance Analysts, Scrum Managers and Marketing team members, our CEO and COO are also on hand to chat.
We love meeting graduates, chatting to them about our joint passions, finding out about their ambitions and telling them about what our ambitious company plans are. We also thrive on answering career-related questions, and giving tips and insights into how to focus studies and succeed in ‘getting that dream job’.
We purposefully ‘man/woman’ our stand with staff who volunteer to take part in the days’ festivities, and this year the volunteer slots filled up within 5 minutes of opening! This is a true testament to how passionate we are about sharing our knowledge and encouraging future tech-industry experts to meet their full potential.
Rather than the previously popular ‘salary’ or ‘tell me what you guys do’ type questions, students seemed far more interested in our culture, whether people enjoy working at SOLID, and what kind of vibe our company and offices have. All of these were topics we were keen to answer with massive smiles on our faces.
We’re noticing so many more female graduates taking previously male-dominated subjects, and it’s refreshing to watch these newly-skilled Engineers join the workforce and add to the pool of knowledge and skills once they graduate.
Our 2 competitions also proved to be extremely popular
We hosted 2 competitions:
- Lucky Draw: Where students had to enter our competition by completing an entry form. The prize up for grabs was an exciting Nintendo DS bundle
- Brain Teaser: Nothing quite beats a puzzle 😉 We offered 10 multiple-choice brain teaser questions and asked students to solve them all for a chance to win a PS4 bundle.
Congratulations to our lucky winners, who are pictured below:
- Lucky Draw: Hashil Channa, a final year Mechatronics student.
- Brain Teaser: Robert Dobie, a final year Business Science student. He was thrilled to get his prize in time for the weekend 😉