Last week, we launched our first Project Showcase, a unique opportunity for a panel of industry professionals to observe six of our recent software development graduates showcase their projects.
Pushing project code to GitHub not only familiarises our students with an industry-critical resource, it also provides what for many is the first opportunity in their careers to build a software development portfolio to showcase their coding abilities. As such it can be a key part of our match-making service between graduates and employers.
In the flesh
However, there’s nothing quite like standing up in front of a panel of seasoned, in-the-flesh experts and pitching your work, justifying your decisions and answering tricky, unpredictable questions about your code.
And that’s exactly what a few brave CodeClan graduates did on Friday during our kick-off Project Showcase, in front of panelists from Craneware, J.P. Morgan, Sumdog, Scottish Widows and Student Awards Agency Scotland.
The projects on show ranged from a cryptocurrency tracker to an educational language web app and learning dashboard. Graduates found the Project Showcase a great opportunity to get out of their comfort zone and relished the opportunity to meet employers and get more experience talking about their code.
One attending employer said:
“We came along to see the end result and get a feel for the sort of candidates we are likely to encounter as well as get a better insight into the applied learning from the programme.
Getting to talk to the presenters after the session was very useful and allowed us to get an idea of their ambitions. We have already recommended this event to our colleagues.”
We’re looking for panelists for our next Project Showcase, so if you’re scouting for new digital talent and want to see what our graduates are capable of, get in touch with Graeme Jarvie, Industry Engagement Manager, to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org.