Geeks making the decisions

As you can see here, an IT degree isn’t necessarily a one-way ticket to a job in the usual IT professions. For many people, IT work, study and research have proved to be the start of something much, much bigger. Here are five famous examples…

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Larry Page

You can’t put a price on a human life. Unless you happen to be Google CEO Larry Page who, according to Forbes, has a real time net worth of a staggering $30 billion. Not only is he the son of two computer science

5 non-IT jobs where an IT degree is a big advantage

Think an IT degree will only ever lead to a regular IT job? Well, according to, as many as 57.9% of these graduates will find jobs in the IT sector but for IT degree-holders it doesn’t have to be a job that includes words like “administrator”, “system” and “database”. Indeed, an IT degree’s mix of hard and soft skills is highly desirable in other sectors, too. Let’s look at five examples…

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Games developer

For many IT graduates this is the

Interview spotlight – tell me about yourself

When you go to a job interview it’s almost inevitable you will be asked: “Tell me about yourself.” Although this is a frequently asked question, interviewees can still find it difficult to answer, as it is such an unstructured question that is open to all sorts of interpretation.

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The interviewer will often open with this question for a number of reasons: to see how you conduct yourself in an unstructured situation, how confident you are, if you can think on your feet and whether you are articulate.

The job of fighting climate change

Engineering is a crucial part of some of the world’s biggest problems – not least the issue of climate change. At the forefront of that fight are people like Professor Basu Saha, Founding Director of the Centre for Green Process Engineering in the School of Engineering at London South Bank University. The 2012 winner of The Royal Society Brian Mercer Award for his work on green energy, his most recent work includes a process for converting cooking oil into a biofuel that can be used in cars and generators.

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Who better, then, to ask about the

10 amazing eco-friendly constructions

Working with visionary architects and planners, construction engineers are building some of the most remarkable, environmentally friendly structures around. From ice palaces and reused grain silos to bird-friendly buildings, here are ten of the best ways engineers are helping safeguard or enrich the world around us.

1. Animal walkways

Bears, deer and elk are among the first animals to be pushed out by human expansion into the wilderness. The answer is to build animal walkways or “ecoducts”. Bridges for elk travel over motorways, covering known migration routes. Those for frogs, badgers and snakes run under structures. One of the