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.
HECSU - What do Graduates do 2020/21? reports that computer science students, working at graduate level, move into areas such as :
- Information technology (71.3%)
- Art, design and media (4.4%)
- Business, HR and finance (2.7%)
- Managerial professions (2.5%)
- Marketing, PR and sales (1.9%)
Computer science-related skills make up four of the top five 'most in-demand skills for employers in 2020’ according to LinkedIn.
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
- 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.
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
Year In Industry
The industry year lets you take what you've learned and apply it to real projects in industry. Placements are usually paid and can even lead to a job offer before you've graduated. Please speak to the Careers team or your School of Computer Science personal tutor if you are interested in completing a year in industry.
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Relevant project work
Experience beyond the curriculum is encouraged by the School of Computer Science and valued by employers. There are a number of school-led modules designed to give credit for your own independent programming projects, work experience or teaching experience which are assessed and validated by the school. Employers will be keen to hear about the practical, project-based modules that you have completed, for example, second year group projects.
Employers are always keen to hear from students who are passionate about technology and create code outside, as well as inside, their academic work. You could get involved with student societies such as Hacksoc or undertake some technology-based volunteering work. Coding for your own projects will also be useful experience and can be added to your CV.
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.
Nottingham Internship Scheme
Improving my coding skills
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
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.
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.
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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.
Software development and engineering
- DevOps Engineer
- Graduate Java Engineer
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
Web and app development
- App Developer
- Graduate Web Developer
- iOS Developer
Consultancy and business roles
- Financial Consulting
- Logistics Co-ordinator
- Technical Consultant
- Business Analyst
- Data Analyst
- Investment Banking Analyst
- Technical Analyst
Other technical roles
- Cloud Developer
- Computer Scientist
- Cyber Security Graduate
- Games Developer
- IT Graduate
- BAE systems
- BYG Systems
- Capital One
- Coca-Cola Enterprises
- Deutsche Bank
- FirstApp Ltd
- Ford Motor Company
- Games Workshop
- JP Morgan
- Ministry of Defence
Joy Egede, Research Fellow
Joy, UoN computer science alumna, works at the University of Nottingham. Find out about her research, the prestigious award she has won and her role in encouraging more women into science.
Robyn Critcher, Senior Data and Analytics Consultant
UoN computer science alumna, Robyn works for EY. Find out about her role and how she uses the skills learned during her course in her work.
Hassan Khan, alumnus 2017, Mergers and Acquisitions: Investment Bank
UoN alumnus, Hassan who works at an investment bank offers advice to students thinking about their future.
Giorgio Baglioni, alumnus 2019, Project Manager and Business Owner
UoN alumnus, Giorgio talks about the value of extracurricular activities and the impact on his career.
What further study options have graduates gone onto?
Each year between 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