Computing

Careers in Computing are very varied, spanning many different industries and occupations. As technology is evolving on a rapid basis, people working in IT need to adapt quickly to changing processes, equipment, roles, and occupations.

What skills do I have?

Whatever your discipline, as computing students you will have developed several transferable skills and attributes which are useful in the IT industry but also in any industry you are considering. These include:

  • analytical skills

  • problem solving

  • technical aptitude (eg software development, programming, databases, networking)

  • ability to adapt and willingness to learn (eg to learn new technology)

  • project management

  • an understanding of IT within a business (eg more efficient processes)

  • creativity (ability to think outside the box)

  • communication (with customers, clients, colleagues, stakeholders)

Develop your Skills

Whilst your degree will help you to develop your technical skills, there are other ways in which you can enhance your ability and practice and hone in on a particular skill to support your studies. Websites like Lynda.com have a range of technical and business related courses which you can access with your student login.  Codeconquest.com is another site where you can access online tutorials on coding. Other tutorials online and classes run locally for adults include Code for Sheffield and Django Girls .

What can I do with my degree? 

Computing students go into a variety of professions. Previous Sheffield Hallam students have worked across the IT sector through a variety of broad IT Graduate Schemes as well as specialised roles including the following job titles:

IT Manager, Technical Consultant, Software Developer, Multi-Media Programmer, Systems Analyst, Cyber Security Specialist, Network Engineer, Website Designer, Information Systems Manager, ICT Teacher,  IT Technician/Tech Support, Games Tester/Developer, Database Administrator 

Along with the transferable skills above, computing students are sought after for a whole range of roles. As technology is a focus in our everyday working lives, having the knowledge and expertise to find your way around computers and other technology is an asset to any workforce. Here some examples of roles outside of the digital industry that you could go into;

What area of IT should I go into?

Only you can answer this, but you could think about the following questions

  • What aspects of my degree have I enjoyed the most? Databases, programming, software development, business, marketing?
  • Have I explored my options? (e.g. researching the industry, getting work experience, going to presentations and events, learning a new programming language, creating my own website?)
  • What type of role am I looking for? (Do I want a client-facing role? Business or finance? Software or hardware?)
  • Where can I see myself in the future? (What roles should I do now to enable me to pursue X careers in the future?)

If you would like to explore careers in IT further, then TARGETjobs IT has lots tips on what type of IT companies and jobs are the best for you. It also includes advice on CV and cover letter writing for technical roles. Also Computer Weekly talks in more detail about how to choose the right IT role  

Don’t want to work in IT?

Book an appointment with one of our advisers who can help you think about your options outside of Computing.

Further Study

Further study is a great way to develop more advanced knowledge in specific computing areas. It is not always necessary, but check the course content and speak with an adviser if you are not sure.  A good way to measure whether a Master's degree will be useful is to check out job descriptions of roles you are interested in. If they consistently asked for higher level qualifications, then a Master's degree may be a good way to increase your job prospects. Check out our postgraduate studies pages for more advice on continuing your studies.

Become a TechFutures Ambassador

Are you passionate about careers in IT? Want to inspire others?

Currently, there is a significant skills shortage within the IT industry with a growing demand for IT professionals but not enough applicants showing interest in these careers. You can make a difference by volunteering at local schools to inform young students about careers in IT and inspire them to learn digital skills.

For more details and to sign up as an ambassador see The Tech Partnership. You can also learn more about the IT industry and new developments in the sector here.

Last modified: 
Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 14:22