Record number of graduate recruits sign up for 'boot camp' at First Derivatives

Elizabeth O'Hanlon, global head of graduate recruitment at First Derivatives

TECHNOLOGY giant, First Derivatives, is on track to log its highest number of annual graduate recruits since its launch in Newry 21 years ago.

One of the leading graduate recruiters across the UK and Ireland, the company – with a current head count of more than 2,000 employees – the firm welcomed 138 new graduates over a six-week period in October.

That will bring the number to 430 before the end of the year – a company record and something to be celebrated, according to Elizabeth O'Hanlon, FD global head of graduate recruitment.

"We have graduates from countries such as Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, joining us in Newry for a one-month boot camp, before being deployed to client in projects all over the world and working with high profile names such as NASA, Airbus and Formula One brands," Ms O'Hanlon said.

"First Derivatives also has a huge north American graduate programme, but we have many local graduates as well. While there is a definite international flavour in Newry, there are opportunities for those closer to home.

"I believe we have a great mix and while travel is an option, graduates can still have a global career on their own doorstep."

As a leading provider of products and consulting services to the capital markets industry worldwide, First Derivatives has enjoyed stellar growth since its foundation in 1996.

In its last trading period, the company reported sales of £151 million and a bottom-line profit of more than £9m.

Hiring across three distinct graduate programmes - 'Explorers' (elite graduates with a passion for global business development ); 'Options' (for those with an interest in data science and software engineering) ; and 'Futures', (graduates from a non-Stem background), means the company attracts specific skills for specific purposes.

"Each year, we take pride in building on our training programmes, making them the very best in their field," Ms O'Hanlon added. "We offer one of the most competitive graduate packages globally, attracting top talent from across the world."

First Deriviatives, which now operates from 14 global offices, has also invested significantly in the Belfast university from which many of its new recruits emerge.

The company recently opened the FD Computer Science Room at Queen's University, pledging £100,000 to support student experience in the key area of computer science over the next four years.

Applications for 2018 are now being accepted for 2018, with hiring targets set at 400 next year.

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