Computer Science MSc with placement year. Advice please?Watch this thread
I am leaning towards a placement year although, I am not sure if it is a good idea.
The downside is that I would have to pay the university an additional £1000 for the placement year. Another downside although I am not sure is that I would graduating a year later (not sure about this as you can do a 3 month placement).
By the time I start my course I am confident that I will have an impressive portfolio of projects, as i am currently self taught and try to projects get more complex and my final project is supposed to take 2-3 months to do. Which I think will look good on a CV. I will also have accumulated some practice with data structures and algorithms (but will do more practice during my degree).
I would be responsible for getting the placement. I imagine that if everywhere rejects me my course would just change to the 1 year version anyway. The university boats a good list of partnered companies
Pros of placement:
3 months - 1 year of being an intern = 1 year of experience before applying for grad schemes.
Opportunity to go abroad.
I can also apply for internships during my 3rd semester (the dissertation semester so course ---> intern + diss ---> placement year ---> normal jobs/grad schemes)
More time to practice data structures and algorithms
My degree would technically be 2 years
Have to pay 1000
Not much different to just getting a job after I graduate