With more and more people and things connected to the internet, we’ll need more digital skills, new innovations and technology to help keep it all ticking along. And that’s where you come in. You don’t have to be technical to be a part of the team. No matter what you’re planning for your future, there’s a route in to Cisco for everyone. Keep reading to discover which programme could be best for you.
Take the first step towards your future and get a taste of what it’s like working in the technology industry. See first-hand some of the amazing things we do, and meet the people who help to make it all happen.
You’ve decided a career in technology is for you, but where do you start? Gain valuable skills, experience and on the job training through our entry-level programmes. This could be the beginning of a very exciting future.
Ready for a new challenge? Develop your professional skills with an introduction to the workplace. You’ll be supported along the way with a mentor and get a real flavour of working in technology.
It’s important to us that we do our part to help our local communities. Our people are passionate volunteers and fundraisers so we support them to give back to the causes that matter most to them.
If you could connect the unconnected, how would you make life better?
Bring your ideas to life with the Little BIG Awards. Open to yrs 7-9, work in teams of 3-6 and represent your school. With support from a STEM ambassador you will solve a problem; design, develop and prototype a solution; and build a business plan around your idea. Then pitch to the judges competing in regional and national finals to win. At the end, you’ll have improved your business and life skills and met curriculum requirements for Computer Science KS3 and KS4. Bonus.
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Curious about a career in technology? Looking for work experience that’s fun, exciting and where you can get stuck in? Look no further than our Pathway to Your Future programmes. You don’t have to be tech-savvy to take part; they’re open to everyone. We’ve got technical and non-technical workstreams for you to choose from showing the variety of roles in the technology industry. Spend time with people who do these jobs every day, shadowing them to see first-hand what it’s like to work for Cisco and inspire your choices for a career in IT.
Sound good? We’ve got two great programmes for you to choose from:
Open to students in years 10 & 11, our 14-16 work experience programme runs at our offices in Green Park, Reading and Bedfont Lakes, Feltham. Choose between our business or technical stream and spend one week learning all about Cisco and what happens in the different business areas. There’ll be presentations, mock interviews, practical workshops and tours. Plus, you’ll get to learn loads through the targeted activities that link to your chosen workstream.
Did we mention that you get to work in groups to pitch your very own tech-inspired business idea to our panel of judges? It’s time to get your innovation caps on.
Believe it or not, everyone who works in IT isn’t an engineer. Join us for four days of discovery as we unveil the technology industry and the diverse range of careers available. Hosted at Cisco offices in Bedfont Lakes (Feltham), Green Park (Reading) and Manchester, you’ll join other girls getting a taste of real work life to give your CV that extra boost. Drive your own learning and contribute to real work scenarios. You could be working alongside Sales, IT, Marketing or any other business area and get to develop your presentation and communication skills, problem solving and team working.
A detailed look at our Pathway to Your Future (Work Experience) programme
It’s not often that a group of 13-16 year olds get hands-on with the future of technology. Kids in IT is an interactive day of tech demos, meeting new people and getting a taster of what Cisco is all about. Best of all you get to pitch your ideas in a bit of friendly competition. Once a year, young women take over the day for Girls Power Tech, marking the United Nations sponsored International Girls in ICT Day and inspiring careers in STEM.
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University isn’t for everyone and securing a role can be pretty tricky without decent work experience. Luckily for you, our Degree Apprenticeship is a great way to get started. Over a three-year programme you’ll explore a huge variety of roles within Cisco; giving you the knowledge and on-the-job experience to specialise in working directly with technology or supporting the people that make it happen. You’ll define your career path and complete a major project whilst making a real contribution to the business. Oh and with a BSc in Digital and Technology Solutions under your belt; you’ll earn the same qualifications as a university graduate. Throughout it all, you’ll have a strong support network of current apprentices, mentors, managers and more, all ready to guide and advise you.
If you’re in your penultimate year of higher education and looking for a head-start on a brilliant career, our internship ticks all the boxes. We’re looking for visionaries to take on varied roles from sales to technical and beyond. Specifically designed for university students, our internships range from nine week summer placements to 12 month opportunities. No matter how your course is structured, there’s an internship that’s right for you.
What’s next? Whether you’re about to bid farewell to university life or have already graduated, our graduate programme could be the perfect next step. Choose between six to 12 month roles in business areas from engineering and sales to supply chain and marketing. Build on your passion for technology, hone your skills and find your calling. Will this be the start of a life-changing career?
Taken a different path and looking for a new direction? If you’re aged 16-24 and aren’t in education, employment or training, then our government backed Pathway to Your Future Traineeship could be right up your street. Build digital, employability and soft skills over a 12 week programme. You’ll get to spend three weeks in a Cisco office for workplace shadowing and will be coached by a personal mentor. Discover different possibilities to help you get one-step closer to your dream career.Contact us
Do you have the skills you need to thrive in a digital economy? With a global network of local academies and many courses to choose from, you can learn them at a Cisco Networking Academy (NetAcad). From basic exploratory to career-ready courses, you can study the latest networking, security, IoT, programming, and cloud technologies, while practicing what you learn in hands-on labs. Prepare for a professional certification, recognised by employers worldwide and connect with them to find a job you love, or simply improve your digital skills.
Giving back is part of Cisco’s culture. Each year, we support our people to make a difference to their community, whether through volunteering, donating or fundraising. Together they raise millions and dedicate thousands of hours to great causes. Now they can do even more with Time2Give; an additional 5 days paid time off to give their time and talent to causes that matter to them.
Helping to change lives in the UK and Africa, Cisco has supported Comic Relief for many years. Our employees come together to fundraise, organise and participate in activities such as the Green Park Triathlon and our internal Comic Relief TV quiz, Bake Offs and a host of other fun activities. It’s not just fundraising – we’re also an official Technology Partner. We help Comic Relief collect millions of pounds, providing people and equipment to enable the network technology for the donation platform.