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IC hosts first career 'Boost Day' for computer science students

The goal of the event was to help IC students hone their professional skills and shape their careers in computer science and engineering. © 2019 CLIC/EPFL

The goal of the event was to help IC students hone their professional skills and shape their careers in computer science and engineering. © 2019 CLIC/EPFL

On May 2, CLIC, the student association of the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences (IC), organized the first edition of the IC Boost Day aimed at helping bachelor's and master’s students build their future careers.

The inaugural edition of the IC Boost Day featured mock interviews, networking with alumni, expert talks and round-table discussions, all designed to help IC students hone their professional skills and shape their careers in computer science and engineering.

The goal, as CLIC president Olivier Cloux explained, was to give IC master’s students and those at the end of their bachelor’s degrees an opportunity to get acquainted with the world of business.

“We believe that the best vehicle for this is through IC alumni, because they have met the same challenges as those facing our students, and they can help avoid many obstacles through their experiences,” Cloux said.

Supported by the School of Computer and Communication Sciences, the professional skill-building sessions and talks gave students the chance to participate in simulated group interviews with company recruiters. Students received feedback on their performances, helping them to build both skills and confidence for real hiring scenarios.

Expert talks also covered key topics from coding interviews to internships and networking, while panel discussions tackled issues like life after completing a PhD, and opportunities and challenges faced by women in the IT industry. A networking lunch also allowed participants to get firsthand insights from IC alumni.

“The IC Boost Day was a very positive experience for me. The lunch with the alumni was my favorite part of the event," said master’s student Maxime Lemarignier.

“Talking with former students of the school about their backgrounds and experiences in the world of work was very informative. I was able to ask them many questions which they kindly answered while giving me valuable advice. It was also an opportunity to create contacts and connections that could prove useful later when looking for an internship. I recommend this event to all IC master’s students.”


Author: Celia Luterbacher