The future's bright for Computer Science graduates

  March 11, 2017

There's very few things you can count on in life, aside from death and taxes (as highlighted by Benjamin Franklin) but if there's one thing that seems a pretty good bet, it's that technology is going to continue to evolve, and as a result, the demand for graduates with computer science degrees will grow as well.

Everything from grocery shopping, to news-watching, to taxi-booking, is now facilitated by an internet connection. In society today, there is certainly an observable shift of everyday people benefitting from online services - in lieu of less efficient, physical alternatives. This is being clearly reflected in the corporate landscape; one of the most sought after employees is the web developer/ designer.

The Dark Side of the Computer Science Degree

But despite this, the current state of affairs for computer science graduates isn't as rosy as you might expect; a recent report found that graduates of the discipline are actually struggling to find jobs, and as a population have one of the highest unemployment rates after uni.

One of the biggest challenges is that instead of finding a job that actually matches their aptitude, interests and values, many graduates will opt to apply for jobs with the big names, assuming that's the only way to excel. The lure of the grad schemes offered by the likes of IBM and Microsoft are hard to ignore, so a huge number of computer science graduates will put all their proverbial eggs in one basket and only aim for 'the top'.

Why it’s not all about the ‘big’ names

Unfortunately the opportunities offered by these conglomerates are very competitive, so naturally many grads miss out on these coveted places, and by the time the long, drawn-out, recruitment process has completed for these companies, most other organisations will have also filled their vacancies. As a result many computer science graduates will find themselves not really knowing where to turn, and this is another problem both grads and industry face: lots of students simply don't understand the wide range of roles available. They may know about the big companies advertising roles as software developers or video game programmers, but there are so many other organisations on the look-out for techno-grads, with new and exciting roles being created every day. Everyone from retail chains to marketing teams now require the input of techno experts, meaning the opportunities are virtually endless. But because they don't know about these smaller businesses and diversity of roles, these amazing opportunities get missed.

Do you know what you want to do with your computing degree?

The ultimate issue for both computer science graduates, and graduates in general is that there's no real way of knowing what would actually be a good fit. Many graduates simply try for the big companies because they know the name; yet they don't always really understand if the company, culture or even job is right for them. This isn't an isolated problem and it's one that's been plaguing graduates for decades, so is there anything that can be done? The key is to look beyond the company name and job title, and try and dig deeper; looking at all the other attributes you need to excel – so perhaps your C++ isn't the best it can be, but as many industry leaders have highlighted, often it's not just about technical skills, but about the whole package. Organisations are looking for potential from their graduate populations, not fully formed employees. So don't focus on what you can't do on a job spec, focus on what you can bring to a role.

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