Employers are interested in both the technical and the non-technical skills gained during your computer science/IT degree. See where these multiple skills can lead you…
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
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Try to find some work experience, work placements, voluntary work or shadowing. Companies such as Step and The Year in Industry provide placements and internships for students and graduates. Gaining experience shows employers that you are committed and is likely to make your application more competitive. It also helps you decide whether a particular career is right for you.
Another option is to build a personal portfolio of your own projects, such as those involving programming or carrying out tasks online as a moderator. Evidence of, for example, your initiative and ability in fixing bugs, improving functionality or building an app will go a long way to demonstrate your skills and interest in the subject.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Common employers are IT consultancies and IT service providers. The IT departments of major organisations in the telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, retail, public and third sectors also employ IT graduates. Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a wide range of opportunities, too.
Computing degrees combine theoretical study and practical projects, teaching you subject-specific skills including:
You learn how to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, evaluate, recognise potential risks and design creative solutions.
You'll also gain skills in:
Continuing professional development (CPD) is especially vital for people working with computers since technology and software develops at such a rapid pace.
Some graduates choose to study a computer science subject in greater detail via an MSc or PhD. Further study is essential for a career in academia and can be useful for a range of other careers, for example, when considering a career in developing new technologies and products. You can also combine work with further study through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) .
Other graduates take a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), or Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in Scotland, in order to teach IT in secondary schools.
Just over a quarter of graduates in employment in the UK are working as IT business analysts, architects and systems designers.
|Working and studying||2.4%|
|Retail, catering and bar work||10.2%|
|Business, HR and financial||6%|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||4.7%|
For a detailed breakdown of what computer science and IT graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
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