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    What are some of the qualities needed if a person wants to do a computer science course at university? Also, is it very competitive and what kind of knowledge will you need before joining the university? Are there high expectations as to the experience/knowledge you have about computers when applying at a university?
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    This is lacking structure and you used full stops in the place of question marks. I'm sorry but on a UCAS or job application, you would be torn apart for not having immaculate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Additionally, there is very little information given regarding why you might or might not be intelligent or creative. Furthermore, we do not even know what you mean by wanting to pursue a career in computing. Do you want a degree? Do you want to do A Level?
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    (Original post by AdHominem)
    This is lacking structure and you used full stops in the place of question marks. I'm sorry but on a UCAS or job application, you would be torn apart for not having immaculate spelling, punctuation and grammar. Additionally, there is very little information given regarding why you might or might not be intelligent or creative. Furthermore, we do not even know what you mean by wanting to pursue a career in computing. Do you want a degree? Do you want to do A Level?
    My bad! I was really stressed when I wrote the original post.
    Anyway, could you please help me with my questions. Do you have any experience regarding programming? Thanks in advance.
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    Why do you assume that to pursue a career in 'computers' requires a computer science degree?
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    Why do you assume that to pursue a career in 'computers' requires a computer science degree?
    What do you mean? Are you suggesting I do an undergrad in maths for instance, and then do a masters in computers? I'm considering that option but I am worried that I will be at a disadvantage when compared to students who have done their undergrad in computer science.
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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    What do you mean? Are you suggesting I do an undergrad in maths for instance, and then do a masters in computers? I'm considering that option but I am worried that I will be at a disadvantage when compared to students who have done their undergrad in computer science.
    You don't need the masters. Any of Maths/CS/Physics/Other STEM are all on par. It's more about what skills and proficiencies in languages you develop than a degree.

    Degrees don't land you jobs, they're just a nice tick box to get you noticed - the rest will be from your actual skills (hard ones) and personality.

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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    What do you mean? Are you suggesting I do an undergrad in maths for instance, and then do a masters in computers? I'm considering that option but I am worried that I will be at a disadvantage when compared to students who have done their undergrad in computer science.
    I'm not suggesting anything at this point. I'm just trying to understand why you believe computer science is the best option. You haven't explained what you meant by 'computers'. Can you elaborate on your intended career path? What is it exactly that you'd like to specialise in?
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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    What are some of the qualities needed if a person wants to do a computer science course at university? Also, is it very competitive and what kind of knowledge will you need before joining the university? Are there high expectations as to the experience/knowledge you have about computers when applying at a university?
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    I'm not suggesting anything at this point. I'm just trying to understand why you believe computer science is the best option. You haven't explained what you meant by 'computers'. Can you elaborate on your intended career path? What is it exactly that you'd like to specialise in?
    I think I would like to do something in machine learning perhaps.
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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    I think I would like to do something in machine learning perhaps.
    Have you researched jobs that involve this? Are you comfortable with the commercial requirements involved?

    What motivates you to this field?

    Below is an example for one particular job:

    - Minimum 5 years hands on experience.
    - Extensive use of Open Source software.
    - Practical, demonstrable experience with Java and/or Scala in extreme high performance environments.
    - Practical, demonstrable, experience with Spark, Cassandra.
    - Experience with AWS/Google App Engine.
    - Proven experience building working ML models.
    - Experience with AWS or other cloud platforms.
    - Master’s or PhD degree in applied quantitative field (Statistics, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering or related field) with focus in Data Mining, Advanced Analytics, and Statistics.
    - Strong analytical, problem solving skills, technically smart, scientific way of thinking, and a drive for high quality results.
    - Practical experience with data mining, multivariate data analysis and predictive modeling, applied math and statistics.
    - Ability to work independently, anticipate, plan and produce reliable and accurate results.
    - Strong sense of responsibility and capacity for teamwork.
    - Excellent communication skills, to both internal and external stakeholders, both oral and written, including authorship of technical documentation.
    If you are genuinely passionate about this field of work, then I'm sure you will have done your own independent research. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and statistics, if you're comfortable with that.
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    (Original post by Princepieman)
    You don't need the masters. Any of Maths/CS/Physics/Other STEM are all on par. It's more about what skills and proficiencies in languages you develop than a degree.

    Degrees don't land you jobs, they're just a nice tick box to get you noticed - the rest will be from your actual skills (hard ones) and personality.

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    Thank you very much, I wasn't aware of this as my teachers gave me the impression that you had to have a masters in computer science.
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    Have you researched jobs that involve this? Are you comfortable with the commercial requirements involved?

    What motivates you to this field?

    Below is an example for one particular job:



    If you are genuinely passionate about this field of work, then I'm sure you will have done your own independent research. There's a strong emphasis on mathematics and statistics, if you're comfortable with that.
    I haven't been looking at jobs yet but I have been looking at courses at universities and am aware that maths is very important. Luckily, it is one of my passions. I have done a bit of coding (HTML and Python) as well.
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    (Original post by Alexis1729)
    I haven't been looking at jobs yet but I have been looking at courses at universities and am aware that maths is very important. Luckily, it is one of my passions. I have done a bit of coding (HTML and Python) as well.
    You need to be absolutely sure that a career in machine learning is something you wish to pursue. So far it doesn't appear to me that you have demonstrated this and you've ignored the other questions I asked. I would advise research into both jobs and academia in this field. You need to understand the typical commercial and academic requirements, and decide whether or not this is something you would enjoy.
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    (Original post by Final Fantasy)
    You need to be absolutely sure that a career in machine learning is something you wish to pursue. So far it doesn't appear to me that you have demonstrated this and you've ignored the other questions I asked. I would advise research into both jobs and academia in this field. You need to understand the typical commercial and academic requirements, and decide whether or not this is something you would enjoy.
    I think I need to research more about jobs as I have only been looking at university courses. Thank you very much for taking the time to help and setting me on the right course.
 
 
 
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