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I wanna do a CS degree but have no work experience, and I am keening on getting some.Do universities even care and or is this beneficial
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No, they don't care about it and it's not required. Many CS courses actually don't even expect students to have any prior experience in programming, much less formal work experience in a computing focused role. If you can get it, fine, but if not it won't make a difference (if you can then it gives you something to write about in your PS but there are plenty of other things you can write about without doing work experience).
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I wanna do a CS degree but have no work experience, and I am keening on getting some.Do universities even care and or is this beneficial
To add to artful_lounger answer, you should show in your personal statement that you have a genuine interest in the subject and you most definitely do not need work experience as you will be able to get it during your degree. However, some here are some things you could look into to develop some cs experience that you can mention in your PS:

Online courses -
https://www.theforage.com/
https://www.futurelearn.com/
https://www.edx.org/

Personal Projects -
Arduino https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub...s/tags/arduino
Raspberry Pi https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en

Learn a programming language https://replit.com/
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No, they don't care about it and it's not required. Many CS courses actually don't even expect students to have any prior experience in programming, much less formal work experience in a computing focused role. If you can get it, fine, but if not it won't make a difference (if you can then it gives you something to write about in your PS but there are plenty of other things you can write about without doing work experience).
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To add to artful_lounger answer, you should show in your personal statement that you have a genuine interest in the subject and you most definitely do not need work experience as you will be able to get it during your degree. However, some here are some things you could look into to develop some cs experience that you can mention in your PS:

Online courses -
https://www.theforage.com/
https://www.futurelearn.com/
https://www.edx.org/

Personal Projects -
Arduino https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub...s/tags/arduino
Raspberry Pi https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en

Learn a programming language https://replit.com/
Thankyou both so much! I was just wondering on how I could show interest and thought maybe to do the following:
- read a book
- attend a MOOC
- learn python, currently learning the principles
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I wanna do a CS degree but have no work experience, and I am keening on getting some.Do universities even care and or is this beneficial
As others have said in this thread, most universities don't have a requirement on work experience - but showing interest and passion for your subject will benefit your personal statement greatly.

Once you've got to grips with the basics of a language, I'd suggest creating a GitHub profile and starting some projects. Maybe you want to re-create a simple game like Pong, or maybe you want to store a database of all the people you know, maybe you even want to do some basic data analysis.

They don't have to be perfect; ultimately they act as a record of you learning and trying new things. To this day, I look back at my code from a few years ago and cringe at how bad it is. However - these projects will serve you well not only in your personal statement, but also for placement year applications, graduate roles, part-time roles and beyond. They're also a great booster to your own personal development: you'll learn Git (which most engineer/developer roles will want), you'll get experience working in an Open Source environment and maybe dip your toes into CI/CD and hosting.

Hope this helps!
~ Mikael, UoP Student Rep
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Thankyou both so much! I was just wondering on how I could show interest and thought maybe to do the following:
- read a book
- attend a MOOC
- learn python, currently learning the principles
They are all good ideas, but try going into it to actually learn something rather than just for to show interest if you know what I mean:

"- read a book" Not sure if there are any good books for CS as they are usually expensive and not as interactive as online resources: Khan Academy, Code Academy, Free code camp etc however it would definitely help.

"- attend a MOOC" This is a great one since there are plenty of free Moocs available as linked in my post above.

"- learn python, currently learning the principles" Fantastic plan. As mentioned by Mikael, you could showcase what you learn on Github. Github is a fantastic tool and if you decide to go into web dev, you can also "host" your website for free through your account https://www.khanacademy.org/computin...site-on-github
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I wanna do a CS degree but have no work experience, and I am keening on getting some.Do universities even care and or is this beneficial
Nah work experience is not necessary at all. I had to do work experience tho as it was part of my sixth form's curriculum so I did work experience with a software development agency in my town however it was cut short due to the national lockdown in March 2020.

U just need to show that u have a passion and interest in the field. Alongside my work experience I also did online courses (It was the Harvard CS50 intro to computer science & another one on web technologies).
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