From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, computer science graduates have a range of opportunities open to them
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Look for IT-related work placements, internships, voluntary work or shadowing opportunities advertised via your careers service or through companies such as Step and The Year in Industry. Work experience gained in a commercial environment helps show your commercial awareness and client management skills.
Some courses may include an optional year out in industry, where you can continue to develop key skills and build up a network of contacts. Joining a university club or society that gives you the opportunity to develop your computing, web design or multimedia skills also helps when applying for graduate jobs.
It's useful to develop a personal portfolio of your own projects, such as those involving programming, building a website 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 help show your skills and interest in the subject.
Common employers are IT consultancies and IT service providers. However, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within the IT departments of major organisations in the telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, retail, healthcare, manufacturing, agricultural, public and third sectors.
Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have a range of opportunities, too.
It is also possible to set up your own business providing IT services such as web design and consultancy.
Find information on employers in information technology, accountancy, banking and finance, engineering and manufacturing, and other job sectors.
Skills for your CV
Computing degrees combine theoretical study and practical projects, teaching you subject-specific skills including:
- programming languages;
- hardware architecture and construction;
- network design and engineering;
- software engineering;
- multimedia design;
- software tools and packages.
You learn how to specify, design and construct computer-based systems, evaluate and recognise potential risks and design creative solutions.