IT managers help bridge the education-employment gap

Office Depot Europe helps Bedfordshire students visualise their careers in eCommerce

At a specially held lecture, students at The University of Bedfordshire were given a rare insight into forging a career in eCommerce. Each manager provided an overview of the route they took after graduation and their subsequent successes. Students were able to gain clear insight and guidance on how to best develop a career in the sector. 

Additionally, a chance to earn a placement opportunity at Office Depot Europe’s new Digital Innovation Centre in Milton Keynes was up for grabs for outstanding candidates. 

It is important that businesses play their part in supporting the innovators of tomorrow. As the world of eCommerce continues to broaden, career opportunities within the IT industry are continually increasing and adapting

Jonathan Newman, Vice President eCommerce & Marketing Operations and International CIO at Office Depot, said: “It is important that businesses play their part in supporting the innovators of tomorrow. As the world of eCommerce continues to broaden, career opportunities within the IT industry are continually increasing and adapting.

“It is therefore essential that graduates are equipped with the tools and foresight to take advantage of this. Matching this with concrete placement opportunities is vital and as such, we are in the process of securing a selection of the finest talent from Bedfordshire University’s current third year group.

In addition to discussing the operational side of working in the industry the event provided students with essential advice on how to stand out and be successfully recruited.

Paul Binder, Senior Recruitment Consultant at Office Depot Europe, said: “It was important to strike a balance between providing advice on working in the sector and how to stand out from the crowd where recruitment is concerned. For example, our advice on CV writing and interview tips led to a great level of interaction with the students, a number of whom had brought theirs along in order to seek expert guidance. We are confident that our efforts to collaborate and create a link between education and the working world will continue in earnest.” 

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