Graduates Join us for an Evening of Advice and Inspiration

Graduates Join us for an Evening of Advice and Inspiration

PushON’s links with academia are well known. We often send our staff to talk at local universities and colleges, and in return they give us a steady stream of incredibly talented developers and marketers. OK, it’s more symbiosis than quid pro quo, but we’re sure both parties appreciate the benefits the relationship brings.

Last night (24 February) we held one of our graduate evenings, and were joined at our offices by around 20 development graduates from MMU and Salford University. Guests were all those who had expressed an interest in PushON at the Manchester Digital Talent Day on 9 and 10 February at Manchester Town Hall. The idea is to get to know them a little better and for them to find out if they think they’d be a good fit here at PushON.

The evening started with our digital director Sam welcoming everyone and talking about the company and the clients we work with. Then the mic was passed to web developer Tunde, one of our newest arrivals, who talked about the culture and work of PushON. And finally, fellow web developer Bobby covered the expectations we have of graduates, cheerfully informing them that if they thought graduating would mean an end to exams, they were wrong!

Just in time, Professor Domino arrived with a pile of pizzas and we broke off to eat, drink, mingle and take guided tours. Graduates and PushON devs took the opportunity to chat about what it was like working here, how it was different to the student life and how to best prepare for the working environment.

Some also sought advice on standing out from the crowd, which is a tricky question to answer, but in dev it’s all about the skills, the experience and showing you’re a self-starter. These guys have already proved that by taking the initiative to come along, make themselves known and soak up knowledge, so we’re looking forward to getting a few CVs in our inbox.

Thanks to all those who attended – and keep popping back to the blog and follow us on Twitter to discover similar events we’re putting on in the future.

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