16 Moving your future

Finding a job often involves moving to another city or even another country. So a simple way to improve your job prospects is to broaden your job search (chapter 8) and consider all the alternatives, geographically and otherwise. Some of the alternative options are outlined in chapter 9. This chapter looks at some UK alternatives to London.

Like many capital cities, London dominates the economy of its country. There are clearly some fantastic employers offering great opportunities in London but they do not represent everything that is on offer in the UK. There are plenty of good career options outside of capital cities like London if you don’t want to live and work in a huge metropolis. Not just London Image by Sharon Dale (Dale 2018)Like many capital cities, London dominates the economy of its country. There are clearly some fantastic employers offering great opportunities in London but they do not represent everything that is on offer in the UK. There are plenty of good career options outside of capital cities like London if you don’t want to live and work in a huge metropolis. Not just London Image by Sharon Dale (Dale 2018)Like many capital cities, London dominates the economy of its country. There are clearly some fantastic employers offering great opportunities in London but they do not represent everything that is on offer in the UK. There are plenty of good career options outside of capital cities like London if you don’t want to live and work in a huge metropolis. Not just London Image by Sharon Dale (Dale 2018)

Figure 16.1: Like many capital cities, London dominates the economy of its country. There are clearly some fantastic employers offering great opportunities in London but they do not represent everything that is on offer in the UK. There are plenty of good career options outside of capital cities like London if you don’t want to live and work in a huge metropolis. Not just London Image by Sharon Dale (Dale 2018)

For example, if you’re seeking work or further study in the United Kingdom, there are lots of possibilities in Loxbridge (London, Oxford and Cambridge). While Loxbridge undoubtedly offers many fantastic opportunities for professional growth and development, it does not represent all of the best opportunities that exist in the UK.

So, it’s wrong to assume that capital cities like London are where all the best opportunities are. That’s true in the UK and also in many other countries too, and the rise of working from home during the pandemic has changed our relationship with cities. You might need to consider moving your future.

This is a partial list of employers in the North West of England (aka the Northern Powerhouse) that recruit Computer Science students. This is not a comprehensive list of all tech companies in the North West, but will give you a quick flavour of employers in the Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield and Northern England.

16.1 Hit the North, Not Just London

You don’t have to move to London to find top employers, there are plenty located here in the North West if you’d like to stick around after you graduate and Hit the North. (Smith, Smith, and Rogers 1987) Northerners have often argued that Northern England offers a better quality of life than London we couldn’t possibly comment other than to say its horses for courses. The North West Tech Community calendar, provides a window on (and networking opportunities with) many of employers based in the North West technw.uk if you want to find out more. To quote sharon dale, its NotJustLondon (Dale 2018)

The list of employers in this page is currently being migrated from git.io/manc, visit that page for a list of employers from the North West.

16.2 techUK and technation.io

In addition to these techuk.org and technation.io provide more information on technology businesses outside of London.