Dilema caused by TSR Watch

Divine Cabbage
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I am planning to go to uni in 2012 and I like to plan things well in advance .

Anyway, I have always wanted to study Forensic Computing for a while now. But ever since I joined TSR I feel like studying Computer Science for the sole reason that it is considered "the proper one". Sometimes I wished I had never found TSR so that I wouldnt be in this situation. But at the same time, I am glad to find out what is considered a "real" computing course.

What do I do? .

EDIT: The apparent drop-out rate of Computer Science is also a worry. Since it wont be what I was originally planning to do and and only TSR has made me consider it, I am thinking that I may not like it and drop out? :dontknow:.
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I like the "Any problem caused by TSR can also be solved by TSR :awesome:" logic
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(Original post by Divine Cabbage)
I am planning to go to uni in 2012 and I like to plan things well in advance .

Anyway, I have always wanted to study Forensic Computing for a while now. But ever since I joined TSR I feel like studying Computer Science for the sole reason that it is considered "the proper one". Sometimes I wished I had never found TSR so that I wouldnt be in this situation. But at the same time, I am glad to find out what is considered a "real" computing course.

What do I do? .
I think my little analogy applies to this situation:

Remember, boys and girls, taking uni advice from TSR is often like this:

Imagine you wanted to play football over the park with a few friends. Instead of taking the route most people would - getting a ball and heading over there to give it a kick around, have some fun and fully achieve your aim of enjoying the afternoon - you decide to take the academic route. You get books about professional football out from the library and trail through websites, taking the advice from the top footballers in the world.

By the time you head out to the park (which is long after you first thought of it,) you're loaded up with a strategy that doesn't fit how any of you play and lots of useless facts about being the best at football ... but somehow, it's just not as fun and not what you wanted at all.
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You should thank TSR for the career guidance, probably way more value than what you would get in your careers service at school.
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I can honestly say I've never seen that view. A lot of computing courses are jack of all trades and master of none - Forensics is very specialized; I'm studying Forensic Science
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Find a computer science course with a good emphasis on computer forensics?
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i'd personally aim for a computer science course where you can narrow down and specialise into forensics in the last couple of years of the degree.

the issue with very specialised degrees is when you graduate and can't get that exact job. if it's more generalised at least to begin with, then you can always do plenty of other jobs too
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(Original post by Divine Cabbage)
I am planning to go to uni in 2012 and I like to plan things well in advance .

Anyway, I have always wanted to study Forensic Computing for a while now. But ever since I joined TSR I feel like studying Computer Science for the sole reason that it is considered "the proper one". Sometimes I wished I had never found TSR so that I wouldnt be in this situation. But at the same time, I am glad to find out what is considered a "real" computing course.

What do I do? .

I was interested in Forensic Computing but in the end I decided to go with straight Computing / Computer Science for my firm choices, with the intention picking any modules which focus on either security or forensics in the final year...... or maybe doing a masters if it still interests me in 3-4 years time.

There isn't a whole lot of info out there about FC, but after doing some research I decided taking such a specialised (some would say limited) degree wasn't the right route to go down.

From what I could work out FC is a trendy new field that is still developing. Because of this many of the degree courses have been thrown together to get bums on seats, meaning they are basically just softer Computer Science degrees with a couple of forensics modules bolted on. (IE: not getting enough teaching in either subject to do it well)

Also, the research I did highlighted the high number of FC grads for the very limited number of jobs available (just a quick search will show loads of IT/Computing/CS jobs and virtually no FC jobs). Also, not all unis are actually producing graduates with the right knowledge or skills to do the jobs that are out there. Lots of hands on experience with forensics tools such as encase is vital, having the theory alone is worth nothing.

As many of the jobs are in the within legal system, you then have to ask yourself if you want to spend all day going through computers looking for and cataloging illegal pornography and other such nasty material.

Think carefully, the degree course sounds great but from what I could work out the prospects are quite limited.
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(Original post by Lost Time)
I like the "Any problem caused by TSR can also be solved by TSR :awesome:" logic
TSR knows best :awesome:
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(Original post by BigV)
I was interested in Forensic Computing but in the end I decided to go with straight Computing / Computer Science for my firm choices, with the intention picking any modules which focus on either security or forensics in the final year...... or maybe doing a masters if it still interests me in 3-4 years time.

There isn't a whole lot of info out there about FC, but after doing some research I decided taking such a specialised (some would say limited) degree wasn't the right route to go down.

From what I could work out FC is a trendy new field that is still developing. Because of this many of the degree courses have been thrown together to get bums on seats, meaning they are basically just softer Computer Science degrees with a couple of forensics modules bolted on. (IE: not getting enough teaching in either subject to do it well)

Also, the research I did highlighted the high number of FC grads for the very limited number of jobs available (just a quick search will show loads of IT/Computing/CS jobs and virtually no FC jobs). Also, not all unis are actually producing graduates with the right knowledge or skills to do the jobs that are out there. Lots of hands on experience with forensics tools such as encase is vital, having the theory alone is worth nothing.

As many of the jobs are in the within legal system, you then have to ask yourself if you want to spend all day going through computers looking for and cataloging illegal pornography and other such nasty material.

Think carefully, the degree course sounds great but from what I could work out the prospects are quite limited.
How do you search this?
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Please dont do Computer Science when you want to do computer forensics. Forum snobbery is no reason to change to significantly different course !
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TSR is pretty detached from the real world when it comes to these things. Judging by this forum if you do not go to Oxbridge you will be on the dole after uni and never work again
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Do Computer Science. Be confident in your abilities. And if you fail... never try again.
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