Student enterprises aim to develop the next generation of technology leaders. They are places where motivated students work under the guidance of experienced practitioners, to create and deliver valuable solutions to real clients.
In doing so, these students themselves develop: they gain confidence and experience, and are empowered to take ownership of their future selves. When hiring a graduate who has worked in a student enterprise, you will be hiring someone who has worked on a software or business solution for a real client. This might have been a private company, like a local SME, tech start-up, or manufacturing firm, or a public sector body or research lab, such as an NHS trust, university, local council, or local enterprise partnership.
Many student enterprises form long-term relationships with employers, because these employers know that this gives them access to the very best, most well-rounded technical graduates. Student enterprise alumni have gone on to work at companies such as Accenture, Capgemini, UK Cloud, Majestic, Pinewood Technologies, and Pracedo, as well as starting their own successful companies.
-- Steve Pitchford, Majestic.
And student enterprises are not just places where these graduates will have honed their practical, technical skills (though they most certainly will have focussed deeply on this), they are also places where students will have been challenged to step up, learn how to learn, collaborate, and lead. For example, they will have worked as part of a delivery team, attended and most probably led client meetings, and run retrospectives and stand-ups.
Our alumni are highly desirable employees, and often have their pick of a range of technical and business related graduate jobs. But perhaps even more importantly, through the coaching and mentoring we provide, they gain the empowerment and reflective insight to make choices about their future that give them happy and meaningful careers. In many student enterprises, students will have been challenged to think deeply about their assumptions, interests, and attitudes in relation to work; when someone who has worked for a student enterprise approaches you for a position, it is highly likely that they will consider working for you a move that they really value.