Computer Science

If you've studied computer science and are wondering about your career options and how to to get that all important first job, have a look at the following information for tips and pointers. If you'd like to talk anything through, come in to see a careers adviser who'll be pleased to help you.

What career options are there with my degree?

To give you some ideas, here are just a few roles where your computer science expertise would be valuable. Remember that as well as technical skills, employers also seek candidates with well developed soft skills.

  • Systems developer
  • Lecturer in IT (FE/HE)
  • Systems designer
  • Applications developer
  • Secondary ICT teacher
  • Systems analyst
  • Network engineer

Job titles and roles within IT don't tend to be standard across different organisations, and new job titles and roles appear all the time.  Many roles now include a range of skills, rather than focusing on one IT specialism; you are expected to be flexible, to multi-task and to demonstrate more general employability skills, not just technical skills.  Have a look at the Prospects IT occupational profiles for more ideas.   

What do computer science graduates do?

This is what some recent University of Wolverhampton graduates were doing six months after finishing their course.

  • Production programmer
  • Test analyst
  • Systems analyst
  • Web designer
  • Lecturer (FE)
  • Examinations administrator
  • Software analyst
  • Internet project developer
  • Lecture and researcher (HE)
  • Applications programmer

Who employs computer science graduates?

Computer science professionals either work for specialist IT consultancies, or for companies outside of the IT sector who have in-house IT departments. The biggest employers, outside of the IT industry itself, are financial services, public administration, education, health and manufacturing. More information can be found within Prospects' IT Industry Insights.

Where can I find jobs and work experience?

The best place to start looking is Jobs Board. Companies also run graduate training schemes and there are a number other placement schemes aimed at students and graduates in all areas. You could also try some IT sector specific job hunt sites:

Our guide to jobhuntingit (PDF 157K, Downloads file) provides full information about all the ways in which you could find work experience or permanent positions.

Further Information

Professional bodies

Industry magazines

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