Wednesday May 4th 2022

9 AM to 6 PM, BC building

CLIC and the IC Faculty are proud to present the 3rd edition of IC Boost Day, a day dedicated to your future career in Computer and Communication Sciences! Take part in mock coding interviews and CV reviews, join various talks and meet plenty of EPFL alumni! They will be here to answer all the interrogations you may have as a future EPFL alumnus, both during specific “meetup sessions” or during our famous networking lunch! ICBD is a unique opportunity to prepare your professional future in the world of computer science and engineering. Join us for this special edition as we celebrate the 20 year anniversary of our School!

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Activities

Mock Coding Interviews

You have spent years studying the ins and outs of computer science and coding interviews may very well be one of the first times you will need to put into practice the skills you acquired. As such, we believe it would be beneficial for you to practice and get advice directly from the people who run them! Register for this activity and let IC alumni from Oracle Labs or AdNovum help you sharpen your abilities. Note that there is a limited number of spots for this activity so make sure to sign up for it as soon as possible.

CV correction

The resume is a key element in the recruitment process, hence the necessity to have an impeccable one. How would yours fare among dozens, if not hundreds, of CVs sent to the company you hope to work for ? Well luckily for you, we offer you the opportunity to perfect your resume. During this activity, our partner will first give an in-depth presentation on how to turn your CV into an asset and then they will stay available so that they can provide you with tailored feedback about your resume. Note that there is a limited number of spots for this activity so be sure to sign up for it as soon as possible.

Specialization talks

What does a career in your dream field look like?

Data Science, Cyber Security, Software Engineering… These are all broad IT fields you have heard about but perhaps you would like to have a more concrete understanding of what the daily life of an engineer in such domains is like. During this activity, several alumni working in the same field will come to give a quick overview of a project they worked on before discussing their daily routine and give you insights on what your future work life may look like. We will host alumni working in domains such as Data Science, Networks, Cybersecurity, Software Engineering, Video Games and Artificial Intelligence!

Networking Lunch & Speed Dating

From 12:00 to 13:30, take part for free in an informal lunch with alumni and seize this opportunity to ask them any question you'd like! This will be a standing lunch so that you can walk around and meet as many people as you wish. And because we want you to be as prepared as you could be after your Master, a speed-dating will be organized towards the end of the lunch in which you will have a few minutes to convince an alumnus to hire you.
Note that the lunch is mandatory if you want to participate in any other activity of the day and as such we ask 10CHF as a deposit (you will get them back right after the lunch).

Poster Session

Have you ever wondered what concrete projects the IC labs are working on ? Are you interested in pursuing a more research-oriented career after your Master or looking for an academic project but you are unsure which lab to join ? Then take advantage of the Poster Session, co-organized with EPIC, and have a chat with the numerous PhDs who will be here to showcase their work! This activity will be held around lunch time and you will be free to roam around.

Career Talk

Throwback ten years after leaving EPFL: what do I regret and which useful lessons have I kept

Come and meet Alexandre Margot, an alumnus who finished their master at EPFL more than 10 years ago. What did they learn during their time in the industry? What do they wish they would have learned while at EPFL? What’s the situation now? Come listen to their experience in this nostalgic (for them) yet insightful (for you) talk. And to end the day on a high note, an apero will take place in BC right after this huge talk!

Career Talk

The keys to accomplish a successful internship

You can't escape it : the industry internship is an important part of your cursus and many IC students will also choose to do their Master thesis during this internship. Meet Franck Youssef, our guest for this talk who will tell you about what behavior you should adopt during your internship, how it is a great opportunity for you to expand your network and more broadly speaking, how to make the most out of this experience.

Career Talk

How to get familiar with a large codebase in an enterprise

When entering a company, you will often face large existing codebases, written by many other programmers with perhaps as many different coding styles. Where does one start? Should you read and understand everything at once? Start everything back from scratch? Well, meet Christian Zommerfelds, an alumnus who already dealt with this kind of issues and is now ready to share all their experience and knowledge to help you flourish during your first few weeks at a new place!

Meetup Sessions

It will soon be the time for you to dive into the working world but you perhaps have a few concerns or questions. This is why we are inviting alumni to talk about their own experience on diverse subjects. This discussion-oriented activity will allow you to engage in interesting conversations with alumni who already went through some of your interrogations and have great insights about them. The featured subjects are : “Master completed, what now ? Research, industry, both ?”, “What is it like to work in the IT field as a woman ?”, “Should I aim for a more ethical company and if so, what are they like ?”, “What is it like to work in big-tech companies such as the GAFAS ?” and finally, “How about working in a start-up?”.

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