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Kdag 2022: Massive Interest in IT students after two years of cancellations

On Friday, May 20 the Department of Computer Science, once again, hosted a successful ‘Katrinebjergs Karrieredag’ (Kdag), after two years of cancellations because of Covid-19. Like prior years, the popular event filled up the Peter Bøgh Auditory and considerable parts of the Nygaard building with 47 companies and hundreds of IT students.

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There was high demand for the limited company spots when the department once again opened its doors for Kdag. This year, companies such as Bestseller, Systematic, LEGO Group, The Danish Armed Forces, and Nuuday got a spot - see full list on kdag.au.dk. The first thing on the program was ‘One-Minute-Madness’, where one representative from each company got 60 seconds to present and promote their workplace. The 60 seconds were used in several different ways. One company handed out free beer tickets while another programmed a robot to introduce their company.

Building a bridge between the university and the job market

Kdag gives companies a unique opportunity to make themselves visible and get in touch with the desirable IT students. At the end of One-Minute-Madness, the companies’ booths opened up in both the lower and ground levels in the Nygaard building. On both floors, companies had booths with espresso machines, crazy competitions, a pancake stall, and a formel 1-simulator - all to get the attention of the desired students. The high demand for the company spots as well as the creative booths is a result of the immediate lack of IT specialists. Sayed Masiola Hashimi from Nuuday was one among many, who explained that the company needs new IT talents; “We are here today because we need a lot of new IT people as we are currently in an IT transformation. Therefore, it is great to meet so many good and curious people.”

Focusing on the future

One of the more than 800 students participating was Ida Wind Skydt who is currently studying a master’s degree in Information studies. Ida sees Kdag as a unique opportunity to get in contact with potential employers; “I am participating in Kdag because I want to explore the opportunities I have when I am done with my master’s degree. Also, I find it super cool that I can get a lot of new contacts, and a look into what companies value in job applications.”

Just like Ida, many of the other IT students participated in Kdag to get a sneak-peak of what awaits them in the future in terms of career options. Several students studying computer science also explained how their goal with participating was to get insights into the selection process of companies in the IT industry and potentially find a job. This also applies to Jack, who studies computer science; “I would like to find out which companies are out there, what exciting job opportunities I have, and so on, and Kdag is a great opportunity for that.”

With 47 companies - and many more interested - and 800 students, Kdag once again functioned as a valuable bridge between the job market and the students at the university. Kdag will be back in 2023, but the date has not yet been settled.