- Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science (Level 8): Placement Period: January - June
- Higher Diploma in Science in Business Systems Analysis (Level 8): Placement Period: June - August
- MSc in Information Systems Processes (Level 9): Placement Period: June - August
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New partnerships are forged every year by the Springboard IT Placement Coordinator (Joan Mangan) both in Ireland and abroad and where possible every effort is made to place students in the most suitable work environment.
Students – why undertake a work placement?
It is a major opportunity to put your academic knowledge into practice in the "real world of work" and develop new professional and ICT skills. It also improves students' prospects of future employment and helps students decide on their career path.
Employers - why take a student?
It is a chance to gain access to high calibre, eager, and ambitious undergraduates with different specialisations: Systems Analysis and Design, Web Design, Software Validation, Security & Forensics and Mobile App Development. Work Placement is also an opportunity to develop and sustain strong links between your business and Higher Education.
The WIT Work Placement office also works closely with our Careers Centre. For Graduate recruitment please contact the Careers centre directly.
It is important that students' skills and competencies meet employer requirements so we ask that employers select students for interview, and the employers decide who to offer a work placement to. We facilitate the process through matching student CV’s with employer specifications and setting up interviews.
We advertise the placement to students before submitting CV’s. We also communicate work placement offers to students and remain a point of contact throughout the placement. A student must accept the first placement they are offered.
During work placement, the performance of the students is monitored and appraised both by the employer and the Placement Coordinator. Each student is assigned a WIT mentor who is a senior lecturer or a member of the work placement team, and the employer would appoint a work supervisor.
The duration of the work placement is subject to specific programme requirements. The maximum duration is dependent on the start dates of students' next semester, but could be up to 6 months. Some companies offer a training wage, and some placements may be unpaid.
Work Placement Process
The Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is an 18-month conversion course specifically designed to allow existing non-ICT level 8 graduates to acquire the industry-relevant ICT and software development skills, expertise and practical experience required to become suitable candidates for employment in the ICT domain in general and in software development in particular.
The course will comprise of an intensive taught course of core programming and computer science modules followed by a 6-month work placement. It includes a combination of fundamental concepts and practical exposure to problem solving, programming, and the broader software development ecosystem (increasingly known as “DevOps”), including system administration and security.
This is a free course, which is funded by the Department of Education & Skills and the Higher Education Authority as part of the Action Plan to tackle the ICT skills gap identified by the Forfás Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN).
Work Placement for the Higher Diploma in Science in Computer Science is for a period of between four and 6 months and takes place in semester 3, the last semester from January to June.
For further information on this programme visit www.wit.ie/ictskills
This is a 12 month programme, which comprises of an intensive taught course of core modules providing a thorough grounding in analysis and design, programming and computer science modules, followed by a 3-month work placement. It includes a combination of fundamental concepts and practical exposure to problem solving, programming, and the broader software development ecosystem including web-based systems.
The course provides the student with knowledge in key business topics such as Project Management, and more technical subjects like Web Design Fundamentals and Database Modelling. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have the skills to work effectively as an autonomous individual or as part of a team in a professional software development role.
This course is particularly suited to business graduates who wish to increase their skills in computing and to combine business and computing skills to design IT systems that address business needs. The course is also suited to graduates with a computing background who wish to develop their analysis, design and problem solving skills.
Work Placement for the Higher Diploma in Business Systems Analysis is for a period of 3 months and takes place in semester 3, the last semester from June to August.
The MSc in Information Systems Processes addresses the demand for staff with a mixture of technology, analytical, and management skills. The objective of the course is to develop graduates with a broad perspective on modern information systems and their development. The course addresses the role of data and information systems in contributing to the
efficient and effective running of modern organisations.
The programme is implemented over a twelve month period. The first nine months are spent in WIT while the remaining months are dedicated to an industry-based research project/placement. Participants develop an in-depth knowledge of project management, supply chain management technologies, quality management and analytics, business process analysis,innovation and entrepreneurship. Classes are delivered in a combination of lectures and practicals and involve individual and teamwork. The industry-based research project/placement enables participants to personalise the programme and facilitates engagement with industry. The programme is designed to emphasise critical and analytical thinking.
The content of this programme is broad ranging, industry focused and marked aligned. The programme is designed to fulfil current and future skills need for those with cross-sectoral skills with an in-depth understanding of the role of information technology in meeting the needs of companies across a range of industries.
Work Placement for the MSc in Information Systems Processes is for a period of 3 months and takes place in semester 3, the last semester from June to August.
Joan Mangan: Placement Coordinator
Tel: +353 51 302 849
Postal Address: Room A03, School of Lifelong Learning & Education, Waterford Institute of Technology, Cork Road, Waterford.