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As a computer science graduate you will be equipped with a range of technical and transferable skills that are highly valued by employers and will enable you to progress into a number of different career areas.  

  • Information technology (60.8%)
  • Business, HR and finance (6.2%)
  • Art, design and media (2.7%)
  • Managerial professions (2.7%)
  • Marketing, PR and sales (2.4%)

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What skills will I gain during my degree?

In addition to your subject specific knowledge, your computer science degree will equip you with a range of transferable skills including:

  • high levels of computer literacy
  • numeracy
  • practical problem solving
  • the ability to analyse and interpret data
  • written and oral communication
  • organisational skills
  • the ability to work methodically and accurately
 

How can I develop my skills and gain experience during my degree?

Due to the range of career options and sectors open to you, it is important to consider your options early on in your course and look for opportunities to gain relevant experience and skills.  As well as improving your CV, gaining experience can also help you to make choices about your future career.

Work experience

Depending on what area of work or role you might be interested in, and where, there will be specific strategies, from speculative applications to formal processes you need to be familiar with. Gradcracker offers specific IT internships. 

Also think about completing a year in industry placement as part of your degree.

Work experience - what, how and when

Nottingham Internship Scheme

We work closely with a huge variety of local and national businesses to bring you an exciting range of internship opportunities, for both current students and recent graduates.  Watch the Matt Kempa, computer science student, video on the webpage.

Nottingham Internship Scheme

Nottingham Advantage Award

The award offers a multitude of ways in which you can build your employability skills including working with external organisations, learning a language or undertaking a work experience opportunity.

Nottingham Advantage Award

Students' Union

Get involved in relevant Students' Union societies Hacksoc and Compsoc or you may prefer to get involved with something completely different.  You will be able to build your transferable skill set as well as have something extra for your CV.

Students' Union

Part-time work

You could build your communication, commercial awareness, problem- solving and teamwork skills through part-time jobs. Unitemps is our recruitment service for part-time and temporary work on campus and in the local area.

Search for jobs on Unitemps

 

What careers and companies have graduates gone into?

The majority of University of Nottingham computer science graduates enter roles within the IT sector although some will use their IT knowledge to move into careers such as consultancy, finance or banking.

In 2015 94% of computer science graduates were employed or in further study six months after graduation. Here are some examples of those graduate employment destinations.

Roles

Software development and engineering

  • Software Engineer
  • Graduate Java Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • DevOps Engineer

Web and app development

  • Graduate Web Developer
  • App Developer
  • iOS Developer

Consultancy and business roles

  • Technical Consultant
  • Logistics Co-ordinator
  • Financial Consulting

Data roles

  • Data Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Junior Data Analyst
  • Technical Analyst

Other technical roles

  • IT Graduate
  • Games Developer
  • Computer Scientist

Companies

  • BT
  • BYG Systems
  • Blackbox
  • Capita
  • ClickSure
  • Coca-Cola Enterprises
  • Co-operative Projects
  • EnsightenLighthouse Systems
  • Essendex
  • Experian
  • FirstApp Ltd
  • Games Workshop
  • JP Morgan
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Santander
  • Sky
 

What further study options have graduates gone onto?

Each year about 10% of University of Nottingham computer science graduates choose to continue with their studies onto a taught masters or PhD qualification.

Further study options at this level have included

  • Computer Science and Entrepreneurship
  • Finance and Investment
  • Information technology
  • Computer Science
  • Business Analytics. 

Some students progress after graduation to a PhD or Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Computer Science.

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