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Skills in computer science are now as important as those in maths and English, and the need for computer literacy in the 21st century can only increase if we are to match the pace of digital change and technological innovation. In this email we look at computer science careers.
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What workplace skills does computer science develop?

Problem solving: User experience (UX) professionals look for problems in programmes and applications, and find ways to fix them. Problem solving is used in a range of other professions too. Architects have to solve design problems to align a client’s requests with building standards.

Logical thinking: Breaking problems down into a series of logical steps to solve can help in a range of jobs. A supply chain manager will have to organise many things in a logical sequence, while a financial investor will need to apply logic and facts to any decision they make.

And one you might not have thought of...

Ethical awareness: Computers offer great potential but there are also concerns about technology in our lives. Managers may need to consider the ethical boundaries of introducing new technology that monitors staff movements and activity. Social media managers should also be aware of the ethical debate surrounding the use of social platforms.

What jobs can you get with computer science?

Visual effects (VFX) artists create photoreal art in a digital form. Choose computer science and art at A-level, or a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in VFX and animation. Then choose a degree in VFX or computer animation, or an apprenticeship as a junior 2D artist (visual effects).

Robotics engineers design and build machines that can do automated tasks in industries such as aerospace, manufacturing and medicine. Choose computer science, maths or design and technology A-level or equivalent, or a BTEC Level 4 in automation, robotics and programmable logic controllers (PLCs). Degrees in AI and robotics, robotics engineering, computer science or mechanical engineering can all lead to this career, as can an apprenticeship as a manufacturing engineer.

User researchers analyse and test websites and other digital products. Choose A-level computer science or design and technology, or the T-level in digital production, design and development. Choose a degree in human computer interaction, psychology, design or computer science.

Apply for an apprenticeship... or go to university? 

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships for students who want to pursue a computer science career include digital support technician, data scientist, aerospace software development engineer, network engineer, cyber security technical professional, infrastructure technician, and nuclear technician.

University

Computing degrees typically lead to employment within the wider IT sector. 63% of 2017 graduates in subjects such as computing, cyber security and advanced computer science went into work as IT professionals after graduating. Over one-third of them went on to become software developers or programmers, making these the most common job roles.

What did computer science do for them?

"What attracted me to the RAF were the trade opportunities while being able to serve. Being able to provide IT and communications to enable airpower in the UK and overseas was an exciting prospect."
—Qaasim, Cyberspace Communications Specialist (rank of Senior Aircraftsman or SAC) at the RAF. Read the full interview here.
"The knowledge I gained from computer science has helped considerably in my time at university and in work. Studying for a software development degree as part of the apprenticeship has really helped me at work. For example, I apply the tools and techniques of data analysis in my everyday job."
—Lucy, Technology Graduate Apprentice at Morgan Stanley. Read the full interview here.
"I studied maths, further maths, physics and computer science. The work I do on my placement is helping me develop my computer science knowledge, for example using javascript and creating and manipulating databases."
—Ashleigh, Technology Degree Apprentice at PwC. Read the full interview here. 
"Computer science has enabled me to explore opportunities in the world of IT by having an underlying understanding of technology and then building upon it. My everyday role consists of delving into logs and application code to understand what the programme is trying to do."
—Jack, Integration Technical Lead at IBM. Read the full interview here.
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Success at School Team

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