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Why is Computer Science Unemployable?

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    Statistics in 2014 put computer science at the top of the unemployability scale with as many as 13% of graduates being unemployed.

    Why is this the case? Do you think that employers are arrogant of the field and seem to compare it to IT, when in fact they are nothing alike?
    A computer science degree is essentially an applied mathematics course, that is why every university in the UK generally requires their applicants to have high grades in both their maths and physics A levels.
    So with the course not only teaching programming to a high level, it also teaches you to have a logical way of thinking and excellent skills in problem solving. For those who think we just use computers all week and do nothing but program, think again. During my degree I only programmed for 3 hours a week. The rest of the time was theoretical work around finance, business analytics, mathematics and logic. The degree was certainly not easy by a long shot! It had the highest drop out rates of any of the courses offered at my university with over 60% dropping out, or failing in first year alone.

    So with the rise of technology in all fields, why is it so unemployable?

    Computing is not an unemployable degree.

    Those unemployment figures usually include IT, which is in fact not that employable.

    Computing unemployment figures are not as low as they should be because many of the Bsc CS courses (specially the more lower ranked ones) are full of "soft" modules.

    Also, a Computer Science degree doesn't prepare you for any job in particular. Candidates must go and get experience through internships, contributing to open source projects and must study beyond what their course teaches them.

    Many people study Computing as if it's some sort of History degree. Well it's not. If you don't learn about the newest languages and the newest technologies, you will sink.

    If you want to study CompSci and if you have a plan and the good grades, then go for it. Don't study CompSci just because you don't know what else to study.

    There are lots of openings for experienced workers. There aren't that many openings for unexperienced graduates.

    CS isn't unemployable.

    A LOT of the grads are, because of laziness to actually develop the right skill set employers want. The degree is meant to give you a firm base to work off of, not a meal ticket into a shiny job.

    I'd also add that the further down the pecking order you go in the university rankings, the worse the outcomes are. Due in part to grads from less competitive/rigorous courses not having the same work ethic and the lack of depth/rigour in the degree courses at those institutions.

    So basically: develop the right skill set for the job you want, work on social skills and you'll be fine. CS degrees can be applied to any other 'analytical' career requiring 'just' a degree (i.e. IB, trading, asset management etc) granted you go to a good enough university.

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