Demand in the field of data analytics, cyber security, cloud native architecture, blockchain and IT has been on a rise since the last few years. While the demand has been robust most universities have not upgraded their curriculum to equip their IT and software engineering students with skills essential to fill up these positions.
More often than not we see self-driven students taking up certification courses to upskill and improve their chances of recruitment. However, for most companies, finding the right talent with the desired skill set still remains a challenge. Hence, at ECA Internships we suggest our partners to hire multiple student interns for these positions before making a decision on a full-time recruit. Here is a list of university programs that are doing a job of teaching relevant skills to students and preparing them to be job ready.
The University of Melbourne
They are ranked No. 1 in Australia for Computer Science and Statistics – they have a master’s program in data science. The master’s program has both a 2 year full-time and a 4 year part time option. Another feature of this course is that students complete and present a detailed capstone project – where they get to apply data science tools to a real-world project to showcase their skills.
University of Melobourne
MS in Data Science is a two-year full-time program at Monash. The core coursework covers data science objectives, data analysis, data pre-processing and visualisation. Students then have the option to choose electives to sharpen their skills in machine learning, learning from semi-structured data like text, and big data handling. The course also focuses on Python and R (two of the most popular open-source programming languages for data analysis), Hadoop and Spark (for distributed processing). Recruiting interns from the program can help you access the student before you hire full-time.
The master’s of Data Science program at La Trobe has a few unique features. Besides focusing on core data science subjects, the students here can choose advanced subjects such as big data high-performance programming, computational intelligence for analytics, cloud systems development, analysis of repeated measures data, meta-analysis, and bioinformatics technologies. As a recruiter you can cherry pick students for an internship based on the electives they are pursuing.
La Trobe University
Master of Blockchain Enabled Business is offered as a full-time and part-time program at RMIT. The unique program equips students with skills to manage blockchain in public and private enterprises, through a multi-disciplinary curriculum that brings together in-depth theoretical and practical learning. Students learn about blockchain and the economy, cryptofinance and fintech, building and using smart contracts, blockchain for trade, and the legal, ethical, accounting and regulatory aspects of new technologies while pursuing the course. Students enrolled in this course can be great interns or hires for companies exploring blockchain and its implications in their industry.
Deakin has several options for students to choose from in the field of cybersecurity. From undergraduate programs to specialised masters. Completing an internship is mandatory for students pursuing these programs. If your cybersecurity team is growing – a structured internship program can assist them in hiring the right talent.
A Specialist Major in Cybersecurity and System Administration is available for students pursuing a degree in IT & Computer Science from the university. The major provides an opportunity for the students to gain specialist technical knowledge and practical skills in understanding the security threats and challenges associated with digital transformation and IT enabled solutions. It will allow proficiency in identifying, diagnosing, analysing and handling the challenges associated with computer crime, sound understanding of concepts associated with digital forensics, and expert skills in evaluating software for security vulnerabilities, performing risk assessments, designing and securing operating systems, networks, websites and databases, and responding to cyber security incidents. Recruiting interns who have opted for this major can be a great way to access them and see if they are a good fit.
IT Masters is an industry-based education company partnered with Charles Sturt University to develop a unique series of online IT postgraduate degrees ranging from cyber security to IT management to digital marketing. The Graduate Certificate in Computing (Career Transition) is designed to retrain and upskill working professionals who are looking for significant career growth in the IT industry. The course is designed to develop specialised technical, communication and critical thinking skills alongside certified industry mentors. The courses are a 50/50 partnership between CSU’s excellent academic lecturers and IT Masters’ high-profile industry experts. Many of the subjects prepare students to sit the world’s most in-demand cyber security industry certifications (e.g. CISSP, CEH, Security+), giving you an intern well on their way to becoming an expert in their field.
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University
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LinkedIn recently released a list of most in-demand jobs in 2021 and we wanted to focus on the skills undergraduate students can master in order to be recruited for these roles. We are living in uncertain times, the pandemic has had an impact on the way companies are recruiting – with many positions that earlier required one to be physically present turning remote, companies are getting applicants from around the world – thereby tremendously increasing competition. Acquiring key skills that companies are on the look for and completing multiple internships during your time at college are no longer a choice for the driven but a must for all.
Most In-demand Skills to Master in 2021
Digital Marketing Skills: Digital Marketing roles saw a rise of 33% year-on-year and was the fastest growing space of all! 94% of all hires had a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer applications or came from a business studies background. Recruiters seem to prefer students with basic coding knowledge.
The below skills along with basic requirements for the position will enhance your recruitment chances and give you an edge
Specialized Engineering Skills: Hiring for these roles grew by 25% year-on-year. There was a time when engineering meant civil, mechanical or electrical but the truth is many of the roles engineering students are being recruited for do not require them to have an engineering degree rather recruiters are looking for some very specific skill set! Jobs in the field of game development, web development, Front end developers are seeing the most growth.
The below skills are being looked at by recruiters –
User Experience Professionals: Hiring in this space grew by 20% year-on-year. These roles over the last few years have combined design thinking and technology. More and more students interested in design are now learning programming skills and students with a background in coding are acquiring key designing skills. Jobs like User Experience Designer, Product Design Consultant, User Interface Designer, User Experience Researcher have an incredible demand.
Skills that recruiters are looking for in this space are
As you can see many of the skills the most in-demand jobs of 2021 require are yet not fully taught in colleges. Very few courses focus on interface design, web design or train you to become a full stack developer. In the past few years, we have seen several students opting for certification programs to upskill and become more recruitable. However, many of these programs & program providers aren’t recognized by recruiters and do not help you stand out – students who have completed several of these certifications find themselves without a job after graduating. If you are looking for a program that can propel you career – check our ECA Internship’s Professional Job Guarantee Program. The guarantee means you get the job you deserve or you don’t pay!
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While skilling up is important to improve your chances of being recruited one sure fire way to get noticed is to have work experience. Completing multiple internships at both mid-level and large organization gets you much needed real-world experience and helps you to attain new skills. Internships are great way to get noticed by the company that recruited you and other companies in the industry. At ECA Internships we have seen that over 65% of interns we place secure a job at the company they interned at or in the same industry. While the coming years might be tough to secure a full-time position for many it doesn’t need to be that way for you – act now.
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Internships are often thought as one of the first steps when collecting “real-world” experience, encounters, and environments. An internship can be a great portfolio enhancer, provide learning lessons for students, and allow for the “application” process of academic studies to be utilized. At ECA Internships, our goal is to assist students looking to transition from academic studies to corporate settings.
“Cybersecurity” internships are not the most common types of positions offered in the corporate industry due to its requirement of skill specialties, a risk of breaching company confidentiality, and the specific requirements needed when being a security intern.
In addition to the scarcity of internships offered overall, the competition is intense with individuals competing against talented, skilled, and advanced students all around the nation/world.
Types of Cybersecurity Internships
There are five main types of cybersecurity internships offered to students. These five types of internships can be broken down into multiple sub-internship positions. Keep this idea in mind when applying for a security intern position and building your resume.
Cybersecurity Analyst: As an analyst you will support a team of people to identify and assess the capabilities, activities, and logs of an adversary. You will be expected to collect, analyze, process, and disseminate cyber alerts or threats while assessing the network for any potential alerts. In addition to monitoring the network, an analyst intern is responsible for incorporating security policies, implementing security awareness, and establishing a plan to combat potential threats.
Security Assurance: Perform gap analysis of existing controls/regulations. As an intern you will compile and record controls for compliance while working with additional business units to catch and quickly mitigate potential security risks. An intern could also assist in publishing risk reports, conducting a risk assessment, creating/collecting required documentation, and configure reports/user account management.
Application Security: Assist and perform in activities such as penetration testing to review internal applications of an enterprise. Highlight any vulnerabilities to remediate efforts or develop new automations to harden system applications. Gain an understanding and participate in the secure software development lifecycle. Provide viable feedback and input for an organization to improve the overall security of a system. Follow and demonstrate an understanding of the penetration testing methodologies laid out through specific standards. Probe and scan for vulnerabilities in client and standard applications.
Security Management: Assist in the creation and review of policy documentation, develop additional security awareness training materials while supporting any additional problems with the training. Help the security management team in activities associated with security awareness and risk compliance. Create news articles, communication emails, and deployment of security products. Develop and procure business continuity and recovery procedures. Research and recommend overall security upgrades to an enterprise’s network.
Network Management: Participate in the development/deployment of computer networks with a overall “security” in mind. Integrate and administer a network regarding switches, routers, firewalls, and network security appliance management. Respond and remediate security alerts regarding the network. Identify, implement, review, create, and define requirements for information security. Notify and alert other teams when system alerts have appeared. Reduce and remediate the efforts in false positives.
Building your resume
The ideal cybersecurity candidate has a mixture of technical and soft skills.
On the technical side, most employers want proof that you are:
Grounded in IT fundamentals: e.g. networking, systems administration, database management, web applications, etc.
Versed in day-to-day operations: e.g. physical security, networks, server equipment, enterprise storage, users, applications, etc.
For soft skills, they’re looking for candidates who:
Know how to communicate with non-IT colleagues and work in a team
Understand business procedures & processes
Love to solve complex puzzles and unpick problems
How to Gain Practical Cybersecurity Experience
Teach yourself to code. (Experts recommend this again and again.)
Build your own computer and security lab using old PCs, your own wireless router with firewall, network switch, etc. Practice securing the computer and network, then try hacking it.
Create an open-source project.
Participate in cybersecurity contests and training games. e.g. Wargames, Capture the Flag competitions (CTFs), etc.
Look for vulnerabilities on open-source projects and sites with bug bounties. Document your work and findings.
Pair your cybersecurity certification exams with side projects that utilize the same skills.
Offer to help your professor or employer with security-related tasks.
Take free online cybersecurity Programs and Pre-assessment tests.
Invest in training courses over and above your degree.
Networking and Volunteering
Join LinkedIn groups, professional networks and security organizations.
Attend local security group meetings and events.
Collaborate with a team (at work or in school) on a cybersecurity project.
Volunteer at IT and cybersecurity conferences.
Volunteer to do IT security work for a non-profit or charity.
Read IT and security magazines/news sites and blogs.
Bookmark useful cybersecurity websites.
Keep tabs on cybersecurity message boards like Information Security Stack Exchange.
Run a background check on yourself to see if there are any existing red flags, then determine what you can do to address them. Security is a sensitive field and employers are looking for ethical candidates.
An internship in data science can be a start to a very fruitful career. The demand for quality data scientist is on rise as more and more businesses begin harnessing the power of data in their decision making process. Before we get into the details let us start from the basics:
What is Data Science?
Modern Data science emerged in tech, with optimizing Google search ranking and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it is all set to influence and transform all sectors – whether it’s retail, telecommunication, agriculture, health or trucking. Yet many of us don’t really understand the meaning of ‘data science’ and ‘data scientist’
It’s true that data science is a wide field and depending on who you talk to you can get a different definition. They describe a wide range of work, including the massive online experimental frameworks for product development at expedia.com, the methods Buzzfeed uses to implement a multi-armed bandit solution for headline optimization, and the impact machine learning has on business decisions at Airbnb. Data science can be used in a number of different ways, depending not just on the industry but on the business and its goals.
Not to confuse you any further, here is the breakdown – First, data scientists lay a solid data foundation in order to perform robust analytics. Then they use online experiments, among other methods, to achieve sustainable growth. Finally, they build machine learning pipelines and personalized data products to better understand their business and customers and to make better decisions. In other words, data science is about infrastructure, testing, machine learning for decision making, and data products.
What does a Data Science Intern do?
Most data science interns will be recruited by a company that have one or more senior data scientists. The inters responsibility can vary and you may get exposure of all or any one specific function of a data scientists’ responsibility. Ie. You may be responsible for helping the team set-up the infrastructure so they can capture all relevant data to run future experiments or you could be given responsibility to build an architecture to utilize data to answer a specific question the business has. Either ways most data science interns work with or under the guidance of senior data scientists – as each company has its own tools and methods. One thing is for sure regardless of your responsibility when you see a seamless architecture in place that solves problems by taking unstructured data as input is sure to get you excited and long for more.
How do I prepare for an internship in data science?
There are several steps that you can take to prepare yourself for the role – from taking online tutorials – free ones are good enough to grasp basic concepts and then there are programs like 21k Skills + Galavnize Data Science Bootcamps. However, here are a few steps recommended by Tawsif Hossain, a Computer Science & Machine Learning graduate from Northeastern University.
Learn some Python.
Familiarize yourself with the Linux environment.
Learn SQL (the Structured Query Language) and how relational databases are structured. Popular DBs include MySQL/Postgres. Most of the world’s largest sites/apps use some kind of a database.
Makes sure your stats background is rock solid.
Play with some open-data, build some models and visualize some insights. Throw all of that onto a blog along with a nice write-up.
How do I prepare for a data science interview?
Remember that your basics need to be in place. We have many articles about nailing your interview and do’s and don’ts. So, for the purpose of this article, we will assume you have gone through them. Now, as mentioned earlier your role and responsibility as a data science intern will change depending on the sector you apply for but generally speaking companies look for individuals who are good in math and have some programming skills. The questions can vary from the field of statistics to machine learning to programming.
Ideally, we recommend having a talking point on your resume. That will surely limit the questions and tilt the scale in your favour. Write about a project where you used your skills and a platform like Github or something to solve a complex problem. You can find real world data set in the field of your interest and then work towards building and documenting the model.
Here is a great article by Kacper Kubara that we recommend for further reading.
Now that you are all set it’s time to apply for data science internships! At ECA we have helped over 7500 students get placed in 500+ companies. You can be our next! As you know, it all starts with capturing the right data – so fill the form below and we’ll connect you with a Data Science opportunity that is right for you.
It’s no secret that carving out a high-flying career in finance hinges on more than just good grades.
Whether you’re just starting out or you’re an executive with decades of experience, can you recall what led you to this career choice?
In today’s fast-evolving workplace, accounting and finance professionals must demonstrate everything from razor-sharp analytical ability and stellar interpersonal skills, to a sharp understanding of industry-standard software. Let’s answer some of most frequently asked questions by students looking to pursue a career in the financial sector.
Is finance still a good career in 2021?
A career in finance or financial services is surely lucrative – that we have all heard. However, is it still a good long-term career choice with all that is going around the world? If you are a young driven individual with an affinity for money and don’t mind putting in the long hours then a career in finance is still the best option. Upskilling can happen through online courses, during our tenure you gain valuable insights and opportunities of exits do come more often than any other job.
The demand for a degree in finance is strong, with some of the fastest-growing occupations seeing job increases of up to 14, 15 or even 19 percent. Of course, the best opportunities will belong to finance professionals who acquire the most in-demand skills. While the role of analyst, examiners and consultants see a healthy growth there is a decline in new recruitment of tax examiners, collectors and revenue agents in developed countries. Under-developed countries still see a healthy growth in double digits for all the roles.
Can roles in the financial sector go remote in the future?
Thanks to the pandemic over 94% of males and 93% of females currently working in financial and professional state their job can be done flexibly in terms of location without impacting their performance. Pre-covid only 54% males and 75% females believed so. As per The Wisdom Council, a financial services consumer insight and engagement specialist, and The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). (Click here for a detailed report on Cityam)
This is an indicator that many rolls in the financial services sector may go virtual forever. This will give one greater flexibility and geographic liberty in the future. So, while one can still enjoy the high remunerations one could limit expenses by opting to stay away from expensive neighbourhoods or cities in general!
How do I start a career in finance?
Landing a finance job with just a bachelor’s degree isn’t impossible, but it’s highly competitive. The in-boxes, both digital and physical, of industry professionals and HR folks at banks and brokerages are stuffed with the resumes of students who have dreams of big money, lavish lifestyles, and getting on the path to being Masters of the Universe by the time they are 30.
If that weren’t enough, the financial and investment services job market is cyclical. When the stock market is booming, finance jobs boom, as well. But when returns dwindle so do the listings and openings.
One of the best ways to penetrate the market and get your resume to shine is via an internship. At ECA Internships we help students aspiring to be financial sector wizards get selected at graduate program and internships at some of the top financial services recruiters. Our experts not only help you with your cover letter and resume but also pre-select you for top recruiters, making sure that your resume gets the attention it deserves. Over the last few years, we have helped over 7500 students get recruited for an internship at over 500 firms. 65% of these students were offered a full-time position. So, beyond a doubt one of the best ways to get started with a career in finance is via an internship.
Don’t just stop after one: Doing several internships not only builds your experience and connections; it also demonstrates a strong work ethic—a sought-after quality in the finance industry. Try to pick the jobs strategically. Don’t do five internships for equity traders unless you’re 100% sure you want to trade stocks for a living. Try to switch it up a little and land internships around the industry. Talk to ECA experts to help you navigate and shortlist opportunities.
What jobs in finance pay the most?
In Australia, Investment bankers tend to make the most, the average starting base salary for an investment banker is between $75,000 and $96,000 per year. However, a first-year banker can add to this amount significantly with bonuses, and the better they perform, the more money they make.
This is followed by positions like compliance and financial analysts who tend to make about $75,000 a year.
What makes the financial sector fun?
The financial sector is incredibly fun and most bright young graduates aspire to take a position in the financial sector. This is because the sector offers a fast-paced, continuously challenging career and provide opportunities for development and professional training. The salary and perks surely add to the excitement around the sector. However, it is not easy to survive in the sector if you are not passionate about the field as the work can become extremely demanding as you progress up the ladder.
A good internship program is great both for the host company and the student. It helps businesses gain fresh perspective and students with real-world exposure. However, before setting up an internship program and hiring your first intern you need to make sure you are on the right side of the employment law, especially if you are considering an unpaid internship program.
Unpaid Internship Landscape in Australia
While in America and many European countries internship programs (paid and unpaid) are a dominant feature of the employment industry, in Australia, it is still not as developed. Hence, there is a lot of apprehension and confusion around legalities and structure of a successful internship program. In 2010 only about 19% students enrolled in Australian Universities had completed some form of an internship program. (Ref. Clara Jordan-Baird, ‘Experience Essential, Remuneration: None,’, Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law, The University of Melbourne, June 2013.) This number in 2015 had sharply risen to 58% according to a controlled study done by Internship Australia. Even though the sample size of the 2015 study was not large it gave a clear indication that Australian businesses and students were warming up to the benefits of internships.
At ECA Internships, we currently work with over 500 small and medium enterprises across various sectors and have helped them recruit 7500+ interns over the last couple of years. Internally, we have seen a spike in interest in small and medium businesses for setting up an internship program to recruit students from top Australian Universities.
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Why the steady rise in Internship seekers?
As internships are becoming a common feature of the Australian employment landscape, it has resulted in a widespread view that they provide an opportunity for a job seeker to connect with a potential employer, demonstrate value and leverage the internship to secure an offer of paid employment. With Australia’s jobless rate reaching 7.5% in July 2020 and Economist Sarah Hunter pointing out that the national effective unemployment rate is 9.3% an internship is being seen as a better alternative path to a job by many students. For host companies too it is an effective way of hiring fresh graduates as it gives them a chance to evaluate their, engagement levels, performance and several competencies while the student gains valuable job work experience. Hence, we believe internship programs will continue seeing growth in the years to come and companies will continue benefiting from an effective internship program.
Is Unpaid Internship legal in Australia?
Unpaid Internship is allowed in Australia if it is a vocational practice or an employment relation doesn’t exist between the intern and the host company. Several criteria need to be considered to determine that an employment relation is not created (details in the section below)
A longer duration unpaid internship is possible if it a vocational placement. For the program to be considered as a vocational placement, it must be a requirement of an educational or training course. Such placements will also need to be approved. (where approval is under a law or an administrative arrangement of the Commonwealth, a State or a Territory, which will include courses offered at universities, TAFE, schools or other bodies authorised to offer registered training courses
What is an employment relationship?
It is important to note that there is no definitive test to what constitutes as an employment relationship and it will vary on a case to case basis. However, below are some key considerations that point to an employment relationship:
A person to be considered an employee must be engaged under a valid contract.
The purpose of the internship, what benefits does the host company obtain (in terms of productive work versus training and skill development) and what benefits does the intern obtain. The more productive the work the more likely an employment relationship has been established.
The intern is directly involved in work that benefits the business, especially if the business is charging for or making a profit from the work done by the intern.
The length of the relationship plays a key role, the longer the term the more likely that an employment relationship has been formed.
Whether the intern is receiving meaningful learning experience, training or skill development from the program. If not, then an employment relationship has been formed.
The business offering internship has several interns performing the same task. In such cases even if single internship does not constitute of forming an employment relationship, the business could be seen as an employer due to the number of interns. To avoid the situation your internship program will require to have clearly defined activities for each of your interns.
Ensure intern understands it is voluntary experience, i.e. freedom of choice to take up internship (and no guarantee of any outcome, including employment, if do/do not take up internship)
Ensure intern understands is unpaid (confirm in writing, and make sure that any promotional/advertising makes it clear up front the position is not paid). ECA Internships has clear and transparent process in place for both host companies and students to ensure both hosts and students understand the training plan and agreement.
Work performed by intern not work usually performed by a paid employee/member of staff
Ensure that the program provides a genuine training opportunity
Ensure that the program includes close supervision and observation, particularly in a structured manner for supervision
Ensure that supervision is by a person appropriately qualified/suitable professional
Information provided in this article is general only, ECA Internships provides no assurance as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. It is advisable to get in touch with our team for advise on structuring your internship program that is both beneficial and within the law.