Top female ITMB students explore their future at IBM diversity event

Female students from the Tech Partnership’s Information Technology and Management for Business (ITMB) and Software Development for Business (SDfB) degrees were invited to an activity-packed Diversity Day at IBM’s London Southbank office this week, to celebrate their academic achievements and introduce them to job opportunities in tech.

Over 30 high-achieving students from universities across the UK were treated to inspiring talks on topics including digital marketing, branding, and digital experience, alongside IBM Design Thinking workshops, speed networking sessions and more.

Female ITMB alumnae, now working for IBM, also led sessions, explaining how graduate schemes work and what the various roles involve, and giving insights into application best practice and processes.

Event organiser and ITMB graduate Matt Rigby, who now works as an Interactive Experience Consultant for IBM, said: “I ran a session looking into the importance of customer experience through understanding the end user and working to solve problems. We had some fabulous ideas today from space travel to proof reading parties: it’s a fully engaged group. I’ll be excited to see some applications come through, and look forward to more candidates joining IBM.”

The ITMB and SDfB degrees are accredited as Tech Industry Gold by the Tech Partnership, via an employer group that includes IBM. The accreditation recognises the degrees’ focus on employer interaction, and their ability to equip students with high level tech and business competence, alongside team working and communication skills. Because of this, students from the courses are regularly encouraged by IBM to apply for graduate positions, placements and internships

Saliha Naqvi, ITMB student at UCL, said: “I am interested in IBM now because today I can see the work culture is right for me, and the people are very friendly.  I am interested in giving back to the community and IBM values are aligned with what I want.  It’s been a great day: I really enjoyed it, and I understand a bit more about what work in tech would involve.”

IBM’s graduate and apprenticeship programmes have long been recognised for their quality, earning the Princess Royal Training Award this year.

Jon White, Early Professional Manager at IBM, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many female students networking with current IBM professionals, and exploring career paths and routes into tech. We have seen a tremendous increase in applications after such events and are proud of their success.” 

Find out more about ITMB and SDfB degrees