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Myths about Computing degrees

Hi, I’m Justin Champion, Lecturer in Computing at Staffordshire University and today I’m taking over our TSR channel to bust some myths about Computing degrees.

Myth #1 You have to be good at math to do a Computing degree

Math can certainly be important in areas like algorithms and data analysis, but it's not a universal requirement. Coding involves logic, pattern recognition, and practical application just as much as mathematical equations. Many programming languages and tools abstract complex calculations, allowing coders to focus on creating functional and user-friendly software. Creativity and the ability to think critically are equally crucial skills.

Myth #2 It's a lonely industry, you’re just sitting in a cubicle and coding all day

The tech industry is far more diverse than the cubicle-centric image often portrayed. Tech professionals are engaged in a variety of roles beyond coding. These include user experience (UX) design, project management, data analysis, quality assurance, and more. Remote work and flexible schedules have become increasingly prevalent, offering individuals the freedom to design their work environments and balance their personal and professional lives.

At Staffordshire University, not only will you get the world-class facilities, software and hardware you need to improve your skills, you’ll also get access to clubs, societies and extra digital enrichment opportunities during your study that could build the networks and give you a competitive advantage in your future career when you graduate.

Myth #3 Computer Science is only for men, nerds and hackers

This stereotype has been disproven time and again. The tech industry thrives on diverse perspectives and experiences. Women, individuals from various cultural backgrounds, and people with a wide range of interests contribute significantly to the field's innovation. Efforts to promote diversity and inclusion have led to greater representation and opportunities for underrepresented groups. The industry welcomes creative minds, problem solvers, communicators, and collaborators—regardless of their background or interests.

Myth #4 Computer Science is the study of how to write computer programs

While writing computer programs is indeed a part of computer science, it's just one aspect of a much broader field. Computer science encompasses a wide range of topics, including algorithms, data structures, artificial intelligence, machine learning, software engineering, networking, databases, and more. It's about understanding the theoretical foundations of computation, exploring ways to solve complex problems efficiently, and developing innovative technologies that impact various industries. Computer science is not limited to coding; it's about creating solutions, designing systems, and pushing the boundaries of technology.

On our BSc (Hons) Computer Science, you can tailor your degree to your interests in your second and final years. We offer several specialist pathways or a broader route that allows you to choose modules from different areas. Our specialist pathways include Cloud Technologies, Internet and Web Management, Network Computing and Software Development. Or you could choose to study on our BSc (Hons) Cyber Security or AI & Robotics if that’s where your passion lies.

Myth #5 Tech industries evolve so rapidly, the course content will be outdated

Yes, it's true that technology evolves quickly, and that’s why our connections with industry are so valuable. We have strong partnerships with leading tech companies such as Juniper, Amazon Web Service and CISCO, and are members of their academies which allows us to use best practice from those industrial partners to teach you the technology that you'll need to use when you graduate and ensure our course content is up-to-date. Furthermore, rather than focusing solely on specific tools or technologies, we emphasise foundational concepts, problem-solving skills, and adaptable learning. These skills are transferable across various technologies and prepare our students to navigate changing landscapes.

Let’s talk Computing! If you have any questions, hold any preconceptions, or simply want to chat about studying Computing at university, drop me a comment below!
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Hi there Justin,

I hope you are well

I just had some queries regarding what to pursue at university. I am going to be starting Cyber security in September, and I just wanted to know the differences between a degree in Computer Science (CS) and Cyber Security in terms of job prospects, employability and future job roles, and degree content. I have spoken to a couple graduates and seniors in the technology field, and from what I have heard, CS tends to have more flexibility in terms of job roles and prospects, whereas cyber security will have less flexibility in the future and less job roles, if i wanted to explore or change. Also, since when I was young, I have always been inclined towards the security side and have had a strong passion to study and go deeply into the sector, but i'm unsure if I should go into cs or cybersecurity. I also had another query regarding certifications, since I have seen you're academic qualifications on the staffordshire uni website. Are Comptia certifications needed if going into cybersecurity, and what other certifications and experience would be required.

I would appreciate it greatly if you can get back to me as soon as possible.

Many thanks
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