One More Reason to Study Computer Science – Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Raghuram Sukumar Career 35 Comments

Would you be considering switching your major in Grad School to Computer Science after reading this post?

I certainly aware of few facts about non Computer Science Major  student

  • Handful of students would look for non computer science jobs
  • Majority of  those who opted ECE (even when CS) was available, was thinking “I want to be S/W Engineer, but ECE is backup option”

My Experience in working with Non CS Major students in software programming – “Ineffective”

Computer Science Jobs

Watch the following video from CNN.com

 

When CS graduate are get 4 to 5 job offers before graduation or 10 to 15 job interview before graduation, who doesn’t want to be a developer?

If you are CS Major, then job is pretty much guaranteed under following conditions

  • You are a Terrific programmer
  • Contacts with hiring managers
  • Social media presence
  • Visibility of your skills ( via social media – Twitter, Blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube,..)

Folks who are posting comments with Name – XYZ, ABC, Anonymous, its going to be tough to show your presence when its required.

Comments in HSB won’t help you get a programming job, but it shows your willingness to show your social media presence.

I just got a new idea – Start a Group with 30 students.  Help them network build their network and and improve their social media presence. Entry criteria for the group – Post Comments in HSB using your real facebook, linkedin or twitter url.

What do you think about this idea?

 

 

Comments

  1. Yeah, in recent years building a network is how you can get a job, not by sitting on the toilet seat and hoping Larry Page would come there and give you a google job. Coming to my question, QS world ranking ranks University of Melbourne in high regards, probably 36 ranked uni in the world, Will graduating from this University with a Master in Software engineering give me a good possibility to get a job in the US?
    An answer would be much appreciated, good answer will get online kisses and hugs from me!

  2. hi all,,,
    I have applied to masters in Computer Science. I got rejected for f1 visa twice in nov. and dec. is it wise to apply for aug intake..

  3. Being a computer science major does not necessarily make you a terrific programmer. Its your job experience that matters. Being a computer science major surely helps. Most college level assignments/project are nowhere near real life experience. Surely some college kid from HSB is kidding here!!

  4. @HSB: Are you talking about getting jobs in India or abroad?

    Also, whats your profession and where are you residing ? Are you a MS graduate?

    Thanks,
    Maximus!

  5. @HSB : Perfect Idea….I would be really appreciate to be the part of it…
    Even I am Computer Engineer and its worth a lot as i like to code stuffs….
    But my social networking profiles are funky kind (including my fb username),that i cannot explore to such HRs and selectors,they wont prefer me,looking onto my post…So,should i remove them or make changes to it??
    And the biggest thing,i am microsoft certified(certificate on my cover photo of fb),i am working in iphone apps,no suitable company where i can use this certificate…Better i go for MS next fall..Please suggest me….

    My fb profile : https://www.facebook.com/krazydhruv

  6. Exactly. No offence meant, but many people taking up CS (because of parents’ opinion or peer pressure or whatever) fail to understand basic programming concepts, and are desperately running behind “coaching centers” even after completing their Bachelors. Unnecessary waste of time and money, only because of the opinion that “Software Engineers” get to go to USA, and bring back sacks of dollars.. The two must-do’s for students these days, from the society’s point of view.

    PS: Software engineer is a huge misnomer. Once sucked into these ‘IT’ companies, it’s eternal slavery, that’s it.

  7. if you are competent you will get a job, company hire you for your skills and not for facebook friends list.

    1. Companies dont hire based in your friends list but based in what you share in your wall.

      1. Ha ha..:) Do you share about C, Java & VB.Net on your facebook wall? Hope not!!! Only thing that matters to get a good job is your skills nothing more than that. Of course being social is good for our personal life. But obviously that doesn’t means you need to build circle to get into a company.

        1. Reason being you are not following anyone who shares technical things. When you have friends who share videos and jokes, pictures, then thats what you think you can tend to get.

        2. I often post technicla stuff and receive in my feed too. Its because my circle is such.

  8. It is good to see some changes in HSB from the beginning of the year which is making it more interactive. And I agree with HSB. I do not understand the reason for posting with names as ABC, XYZ etc…

  9. @ HSB

    Good idea indeed…!!
    I am looking forward to build my network with your support.

  10. Just expanding my thinking – Make it open spreadsheet (via Google Docs) and any one can participate. 1 Month Challenge for Social Media Presence and Network building.

  11. I have added 3 new fields in Profile Section (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn URL).

  12. Possibility of a high paid job should not be the only criterion when deciding the major. People should study for the sake of knowledge first, job, pay etc. are always secondary. Randomly selecting a field just because there are many jobs appears foolish to me. Not that I am against CS or anything per se, I am a programmer myself; but this shouldn’t be the approach of people, that’s what I think. We should take the field which we are passionate about.

    1. Agree with you dude. Only those who studies with passion and understand CS subjects can really get a dream job. Those who think about salary always end up in some low level companies. Personally I don’t like switching major. You took the decision, so stay with it. What you study in UG & PG shapes your life. Changing major for salary will never end up in a great job.

      1. Exactly. No offence meant, but many people taking up CS (because of parents’ opinion or peer pressure or whatever) fail to understand basic programming concepts, and are desperately running behind “coaching centers” even after completing their Bachelors. Unnecessary waste of time and money, only because of the opinion that “Software Engineers” get to go to USA, and bring back sacks of dollars.. The two must-do’s for students these days, from the society’s point of view.

        PS: Software engineer is a huge misnomer. Once sucked into these ‘IT’ companies, it’s eternal slavery, that’s it.

  13. Exactly how do you post with your FB/LinkedIn/Twitter account when you are logged in to HSB( normal wordpress login) ? Earlier I used to post with FB but since the integration of the Log In system, I haven’t been able to use my FB link.

    1. I thought about it after publishing the post. In fact I searched your name in comments and realized your FB link was broken. Let me add new fields in profile. You can post links to Facebook and Twitter. Not everyone posting comments have account at HSB.

      1. The FB link was broken as I recently changed my fb handle. The new fields are good, filled ’em up.

        I did try to socially make myself present. I built a personal website http://www.udaydeepsingh.com and planned to blog on it (which I couldn’t eventually due to lack of time/laziness). But realizing the importance of a blog, I am thinking of giving blogging a go again but with full priority this time. One good gain of the domain has been that I use my own domain name for my professional email ID (no more gmail’s or yahoo’s 🙂 )
        I could definitely gain from this “bootcamp”. I guess you would be working on a blog post regarding the details the “1 Month Challenge for Social Media Presence and Network building” right ? I’m up for it whenever it begins. Its the best push I need to get my blogging momentum going.

    1. Rashi – How do you establish your social media presence when you use fictitious name.

      + You have to be knowledgeable. Try clicking copying the link you have shared for LinkedIn and paste in different browser, it will take you to linkedin Homepage.

      1. in regarding fictitious name its just that i never felt the need for ppl to know who am i 🙂

        1. Rashi,

          Times have changed. With the increasing popularity of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIN, companies are now checking your social media profiles to know what kind of a person you are. If you blog, then they might be checking your articles & how you interact with your audience. HR managers can learn a lot of information about you from these things. Also, you must be defensive while posting offensive content on the Internet using such social media profiles.

    2. This is a pertinent point. An ideal way to handle this – balancing both a verifiable presence on the www and keeping one’s sense of privacy is to have separate handles.
      For example, most of my official stuff – college ACM chapter, projects or the few papers I have been fortunate enough to get published – these are naturally in my realworld name. Having a separate Google site for professional profile page is a decent option.

      For fun stuff like blogging (non-tech), photography one can always use a fictitious handle.

      @hsb – Correct me if i am wrong, but isn’t the worth of a person jobwise or otherwise determined by what one has already done and is capable of doing. As opposed to having a large social media presence by aggressive networking? sure it helps. however the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Not talking about it.

      1. Recently HR’s are saying – Blog is your new Resume.

        Lets say they want to hire an employee and if they have to decide between few candidates of similar profile, guess who gets the job. One with 500 RSS/Email subscribers, 1000 Twitter Followers and Blog that shows the person skills (technical, non technical).

        Use fake name if you are posting controversial, racy stuffs.

        1. I completely agree with this comment. My boss was pretty much impressed with my additional technical blog writing skills on the campus job interview date.

  14. That’s an good idea HSB..!!

    Could you help me out in building my network..??

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