Students

Our future success depends on you (no pressure!). It’s your energy and enthusiasm we want, your undiluted ideas, your fresh and creative thinking, your pure passion and your mission to want to change the world that keeps driving us forward.

In return, we’ll nurture your ideas, bring them to life and give you the tools to make them grow. You’ll have access to some of the best brains in the tech space to guide you along the way, as well as all the applications, technology and project opportunities you need to really shine.

We also offer work placements for school students in our Belfast office; teachers can request a placement by contacting Work Inspiration for more details.

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See what’s what in cybersecurity and bug-fixing web apps. Talk to other interns and graduates. Get up to speed on life at Liberty IT and tips on how to apply. Take the next step in your career. Come on up. Call in. Chill out. Drop by. Do it.

You know you should.

Find your new tech life. Sign up now for Belfast (Wed 24th October) or Dublin (Thurs 25th October)

  

The Process

As a scholar with Liberty IT you will join us for a summer placement following the first year of your degree. During this placement, you’ll work as part of an Agile team where you get exposure to working in a commercial environment and grow your technical knowledge. 

Scholarship software engineer

You'll get the opportunity to work with and learn from our best tech talent. We will offer you a bursary payments throughout your studies, a competitive salary and support you through mentoring, coaching and training programs.  In addition to this, you will be a Liberty IT ambassador at your university. You will assist in recruitment activities that promote Liberty IT as a great place to work as a scholar, an intern software engineer or as a software engineer following graduation.

In this role, you will:

  • Undertake basic programming tasks.
  • Deliver real value by working as part of an Agile team to solve real business problems.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your team and customers to have exposure to the entire software development lifecycle.
  • Be supported in delivering high-quality, tested and secure code following the processes and standards within the team.
  • Experiment and learn new technologies.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from developers across our organization through internal networks, events and communities of practice.
  • Have the opportunity to suggest and implement new ideas and innovations.
  • Take part in recruitment activities that promote Liberty IT.
  • Be a Liberty IT ambassador.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be just as good at working with people as technology. Someone who makes a team better by being part of it.
  • Understand the importance and principles of writing clean, quality code.
  • Be proactive about continuous improvement and innovation. Someone who doesn’t just dream it but gets it done.   
  • Show a desire to learn from others, knowing when to ask for help.
  • Be willing to share their own experiences and expertise.
  • Be interested in technology and actively keep their skills up to date.

Essential Criteria:

  • Currently studying in the first of a four year degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or an IT related discipline at either Queen's University Belfast, Ulster University, IT Blanchardstown, Dublin City University or Dublin IT.
  • A proven knowledge of the fundamentals of coding.

The application process for Belfast scholars is open from 1st - 25th October 2018.   


Ulster University students click here to apply

Queen's University students click here to apply

Interns will join the team for their university work placement, learning how to rapidly and effectively design and deliver great software in an Agile environment that adds real value to our customers. You will work with and learn from our best tech talent, being coached, challenged and mentored as you progress!

Intern software engineer

As an intern software engineer, you will work as part of an Agile team to rapidly and effectively deliver great software that adds real value to our customers. You will be challenged. You will get the opportunity to work with and learn from our best software engineers. You will have the chance to be creative and have your voice heard. We will offer you a competitive salary and support you through mentoring, coaching and training programs.

In this role, you will:

  • Deliver real value by working as part of an Agile team to solve real business problems.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your team and customers to have exposure to the entire software development lifecycle.
  • Be supported in delivering high-quality, tested and secure code following the processes and standards within the team.
  • Use a range of architectures, tools and frameworks, and have the opportunity to experiment and learn new technologies.
  • Have the opportunity to suggest and implement new ideas and innovations.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from developers across our organisation through internal networks, events and communities of practice.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be just as good at working with people as technology. Someone who makes a team better by being part of it.
  • Listen to and empathise with our customers to provide them with the solutions they really need.  
  • Understand the importance and principles of writing clean, quality code.
  • Be proactive about continuous improvement and innovation. Someone who doesn’t just dream it but gets it done.   
  • Show a desire to learn from others, knowing when to ask for help.
  • Be willing to share their own experiences and expertise.
  • Be interested in technology and actively keep their skills up to date.

Essential Criteria:

  • Belfast Applicants: Currently studying a degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or an IT related discipline at either Queen’s University Belfast or Ulster University.
  • Dublin Applicants: Currently studying a degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, or an IT related discipline at either IT Blanchardstown, Dublin City University or Dublin IT.
  • Evidence of good first year grades.
  • A proven ability to deliver working code.

The application process for interns is open from 1st - 29th October. Links to the applications are below the video. 

Apply now for a 2019 Belfast based intern role

Apply now for a 2019 Dublin based intern role

Graduates will join the team, learning how to rapidly and effectively deliver great software in an Agile environment that adds real value to our customers. You will work with and learn from our best tech talent, being coached, challenged and mentored as you progress!

Associate software engineer

As an associate software engineer, you will work as part of an Agile team to rapidly and effectively deliver great software that adds real value to our customers. You will be challenged. You will have the chance to be creative and have your voice heard working with more experienced staff. We will offer you a competitive salary, enable you to balance your work and life, and support you through mentoring, coaching and training programs.

In this role, you will:

  • Deliver real value by working as part of an agile team to solve real business problems.
  • Communicate and collaborate with your team and customers to have exposure to the entire software development lifecycle.
  • Be supported in delivering high quality, tested and secure code following the processes and standards within the team.
  • Use a range of architectures, tools and frameworks, and have the opportunity to experiment and learn new technologies.
  • Have the opportunity to suggest and implement new ideas and innovations.
  • Have the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from developers across our organization through internal networks, events and communities of practice.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be just as good at working with people as technology. Someone who makes a team better by being part of it.
  • Listen to and empathize with our customers to provide them with the solutions they really need.  
  • Understand the importance and principles of writing clean, quality code.
  • Be proactive about continuous improvement and innovation. Someone who doesn’t just dream it, but gets it done.   
  • Show a desire to learn from others, knowing when to ask for help.
  • Be willing to share their own experiences and expertise.
  • Be interested in technology and actively keep their skills up-to-date.

Essential Criteria:

  • A degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science or an IT-related discipline, at a minimum of a 2:2, or be studying for one currently.
  • Relevant work or placement experience.
  • A proven ability to deliver working code.

The application process for graduates is open from 1st - 29th October.  Links to the applications are below the video.

Apply now for a 2019 Belfast based graduate role

Apply now for a 2019 Dublin based graduate role

Kirstine Boyd - software engineer

How long have you been here?

I joined LIT as a graduate in 2016, but have worked here since 2012 through summer placements and an internship. I chose to come back, as it’s such a great place to work.

What’s the best thing about working at LIT?

I really love the work-life balance that Liberty has, whether it’s a team tea break or a night out, it’s a great way to get to know your team and de-stress after a fast-paced day in the office.

What’s the most exciting project you’ve worked on?

I’d have to say the most exciting project I worked on was the front-facing customer sites. It gave us a great sense of accomplishment to know that we made it easy for the customer to find the information they need on all different platforms!

What’s been your biggest learning since you joined?

My biggest learning would have to be that I now ask as many questions as I can to constantly increase my knowledge, and join as many tech channels on Slack as possible to keep up-to-date!

What’s your favourite technology to work with?

My favourite technology to work with would have to be Angular 2, HTML and CSS, but that’s because I enjoy the creativity and design aspect.

Tell us something unexpected about yourself.

I have two pet ferrets called Freya and Frodo!!

Dwayne Armitage - Technical Capabilities Manager

How long have you been here?

Seven years.

What’s the best thing about working at LIT?

Definitely the people! Everyone brings something different to the company which makes it an interesting and fun place to work.  

What have you learnt about yourself through your work?

I have learnt that I should have more confidence in myself and sometimes you just need to take that leap of faith and see where you end up.

What has been your biggest opportunity at LIT?  

My biggest opportunity in LIT has been becoming a Technical Capabilities Manager. This is a brand new role within the organisation but one which I feel has the potential to make a massive difference not only to how we deliver our products and services, but more importantly on how we engage, coach, value, inspire and technically develop individuals in achieving their full potential as part of their career in LIT.

What’s your favorite technology to work with?

IoT (Internet of Things – I can’t choose just one; that would be crazy!) I love using technology to do cool things, like setting up my smart home so Alexa can turn the heating off or the lights on.

Tell us something unexpected about yourself.

I nearly became a helicopter pilot… but decided not to sit the exam!

Stuart Osbourne - Intern Software Engineer 2017/18

What was your biggest opportunity working at LIT?

Starting my degree and then going on to my placement here at LIT, I was unsure if this was the career path I’d like to follow. After working at LIT for the last year, I have been able to see that IT is not just for the stereotype: it’s for everyone! Within our unit there exist a broad range of personalities, cultures and people. With everything the company does from the social clubs to the technical training opportunities, it has opened my eyes to how LIT strive to make this a company for everyone to develop both technically and personally. 

What are your biggest learnings?

I have learned to have no issues in asking questions to understand the work you’re doing. Yes, there are many online platforms that can give you an answer to your query but speaking to a more experienced developer can give you not just the answer of what to do, but why to do it that way.

It was also great being a “fly on the wall” seeing how  more senior developers would chat to each other to get another set of eyes on the task, yet took no issue in being told an alternative (and potentially better) solution.

What are the benefits of working here?

The social club within LIT is a great opportunity, but it’s not the only way you will get to socialise within work! Every team and unit have other ways they do it: tea breaks, playing games (usually as a competition), team nights out and countless others!  You will develop your technical and personal skills throughout your time. It’s not just through the training you get, but through your experiences.

What would you say to someone thinking of joining LIT?

Absolutely go for it! You learn so much, consume copious amounts of tea, and meet some great people! 

Financial

Company bonus scheme, employee life assurance, contributory pension scheme, annual commuter travel card, cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers (Belfast).

Health and Wellbeing

Health Screenings, free on-site gym (Belfast), discounted gym membership (Dublin), perks card, permanent health insurance *, employee assistance programme and private medical insurance*

* available after one year of post-graduate employment

Working

Generous paid holidays, flexible working, working from home, recognition awards and overseas travel & secondment opportunities.

Social

Monthly social club events, summer and Christmas parties, sports clubs (football, golf, tag rugby, cycling) and committee membership (employee engagement, charity, health & well-being, environmental)

Professional Development
Six week graduate academy, monetary award for certification, support for study materials, project and role specific training, lunch and learn sessions, mentoring and coaching.

General

What does the online assessment involve?

The online assessment will be a coding based challenge through the Codility website. You will be given approximately one week to complete the challenge. Once you begin the coding challenge you will be under a time limitation in which to complete it. The difficulty of the coding challenge will depend on which role you are applying for.

What can I expect in the selection process?

The selection process will be made up of a couple of different sections, including an interview, group activity and whiteboarding. More information on this will be available closer to the time.

We conduct competency based interviews, so you should prepare some examples from your current or past experience using the STAR method:

  • Situation - describe the situation you were faced with.
  • Task - what were your tasks (talk about ‘you’ as opposed to 'the team')
  • Action - what actions did you take.
  • Result - what was the result.

What does the Graduate Academy involve?

Early in your career with us, you will spend five weeks in the Graduate Academy. Here you will work on a real development project for Liberty IT while being mentored and supported by senior employees. You will get the opportunity to work closely with fellow associate software engineers and software engineer interns. The academy covers a range of technologies and methodologies and will provide you with a great start in your career with Liberty IT.

How long does the recruitment process take?

Applications for Belfast scholars close on the 25th October, while applications for intern and graduate roles close on 29th October.  We aim to have communicated with all applicants by the end of November. So the process, including shortlisting, technical testing and interviewing takes about one month. We will keep you informed during the process and aim to give you feedback as soon as possible.  Dublin scholar applications run in December and will follow a similar timeline.

Where will I be based?

We have positions available in both our Dublin and Belfast offices. There may be some opportunity and/or requirement to travel to between Dublin and Belfast at certain times. You may also get the opportunity to travel to the USA to work with Liberty Mutual. When applying for an associate software engineer position, you will be asked to indicate your preferred location. Our scholars and intern software engineers complete their work placement in the office that is local to their university or third level institute.

What are the working hours at Liberty IT?

We work 37.5 hour weeks and have core hours of 10am to 4pm. Please note that you may be required to work outside of these hours from time to time to meet business demands.

I'm an international student, can I apply?

Yes, you can apply as long as your visa allows you to work legally in UK and/or the Republic of Ireland. If you are applying from overseas, please note that if you are successfully shortlisted for interview, you will be required to travel to our office for this interview at your own cost.

I am currently studying in another country, can I apply for an Intern/Graduate role?

Our intern software engineer positions are distributed among our partner universities and third level educational institutions, so unfortunately they are not open to students from other universities. You can apply for our associate software engineer positions if you are studying internationally but please note the requirements in the question above.

What will my salary be and when will I be paid?

You will receive a competitive base salary along with a bonus and access to our benefits scheme. You will be paid monthly.

Graduates

When do Associate Software Engineers start in 2019?

We have multiple intakes throughout the year, you will be asked about your preferred start date during the recruitment process and we will take this into account.

Do my university results affect my chances of being offered a role?

We require at least a 2:2 degree and will request copies of your results when you get them.

I graduated a couple of years ago, can I still apply?

We accept applications from all recent graduates from degrees related to information technology.

Internships

When do Intern Software Engineers start in 2019?

In our Belfast office, intern software engineers start in June. In our Dublin office, intern software engineers start in April.

What percentage of Software Engineer Interns are accepted into Associate Software Engineer positions?

We don’t have a limit for how many software engineer interns can become associate software engineers. In 2017, 84% of interns from 2016 were offered associate roles. Intern software engineers are invited to apply and interview for associate software engineer positions prior to returning to university to complete their final year.

What year of university do I need to be in to apply for an Intern position?

In our Belfast office, intern software engineers work for us in their third year of their degree. You will be invited to apply for these positions in October of the second year of your degree. These positions are distributed via our partner universities and third level educational institutions. In our Dublin office, intern software engineers work for us in the third year of their degree. The internship begins in April and concludes in September. You will be invited to apply for these positions in October of the second year of your degree. These positions are distributed via our partnership universities and third level educational institutions.

Scholarships

What do I need to be eligible for a scholar position?

To be eligible for a Scholar position you need to be in your first year of study in an Information Technology related degree.

When do I apply for a scholar position?

We invite applications to our scholar positions in October of the first year of your degree.