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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A computing degree provides many career oppotunities

In this essay, the discussion is primarily about the broad spectrum of computing degree as to where a diploma in computing can take one with the wide array of career opportunities it offers.  Further, due to the increasing demands of computing professionals, the discussion on the response of the major schools and universities will be tackled.   Lastly, discussion will include an exploration of the existence of seemingly computer culture for the purposes to give an overview in the context of what to expect in computing industry granting an accomplishment in computing degree will be achieved.


 


A degree in computing course can take one to move in great heights in the industry, whether it will be in the field of marketing, engineering, economics, social science, communications and so on.  The computing degree scheme constitutes the degrees in the various areas such as computer science, with a choice of specialized field to master in, like in information system, multimedia technology or software engineering and in the area of computing itself.  Most graduates from a computing degree courses, gets to have a chance to work in the leading companies worldwide like in Microsoft or the IBM are just few of the prestigious companies that a computing major can aspire to be a part of.  The several common positions of a computing degree graduate include being a programmer, sales manager, database administrator, systems analyst, technician, lecturer and so many more.  Needless to say, computing majors becomes the organization leaders rather than a follower and a valuable and integrated part to any company or an organization.


With the increasing demand of professionals that has adequate computing background and knowledge, it is no wonder that major schools and universities all over the world caters to the impending demand of computing professionals in the business world.  As part of the great demand, schools and universities continually challenged themselves to produce superb and high-caliber computing professionals and offers students with innovative facilities and as much as possible provide par excellence teaching to better equipped their students with sufficient knowledge and average expertise to be developed as they face the challenge in the real world of computing industry.  An emphasis in the computing degree for some schools is vital just like for example, in Lincoln University Studies Program in New Zealand which offers a specific computing degree course for students to fully concentrate on the applications of computing.  The Bachelor of Applied Computing being offered in the said school is said to be a malleable interdisciplinary studies which opens doors for a career in the fields of computer system management, systems engineering, system development, and the related fields.  Moreover, even some schools encourages the non-computing degree graduates to enroll in the short-term computing degree courses where non-computing degree graduates will be taught the basics of computing skills and all the pertinent computing applications that would be useful and can be a contributing factor for career advancement as a means in which to be adaptive with the changing world of business in general wherein the integration of the applications of computing is pervasive to a large extent.  For example, an accounting graduate to be more successful should come to terms in the use of a computer database, without any background of computing applications it would be stressful for the accountant to do his or her job readily if one only depends on the manual applications of accounting.  Nowadays and in the future, it is a fact that computer literacy is a must prerequisite to be able to make it have a career in the chosen industry.  Having had adequate knowledge in computing applications would prove to be an edge a professional can have in the pursuance of advancement of career.


Presumably, that computing per se is undeniably a heck of a good thing that needs to be deployed to users with the right packages.  Is a computing degree works better for men and not so for the women?  To account this pressing issue of gender stereotyping in the computing degree course, according to Higher Education Statistical Agency or HESA (1994) statistics, revealed that women are said to be underrepresented in computing accounted only to more or less 22 percent of those who earned an undergraduate having a computing degree in the UK. The tendency of undermining the representation of women in computing degree, tends to be evident in the United States as well, wherein, the percentage of women taking computer science classes in the more illustrious institutions approaches only half the national average. For instance for the year 1986 and 1996, it is said that only 14 percent female students attends computer science classes in  ( 1987)


 (1990) suggests that for a social space to constitute a specific culture it requires a somewhat different set of common understandings around which action is organized, and these differences will find expression in a language whose nuances are peculiar to those and fully understood only by its members. Simply stated, in relation to  (1990) suggestion, the internal social environment of computing should be distinct in key ways.  With this in mind, a reasonable ground of evidence supports the existence of computer culture.  A research by  (1984), found that university students engaging fully with computing for the first time indicates that such a social division is quickly established and thereafter maintained: ‘a we–they distinction’: the computationally competent and everyone else.  Moreover,  and  (1990) and  (1984) argued, that the ideological kernel of computing culture transcends the particulars of immediate time and space so that, although the particulars might differ, its general features are identifiable and widely shared across the diversity of computer settings. As oftentimes noticeable in the computing industry is the high degree of competitive behavior characterizing the technical interactions between experts and non-experts, with the former group observed to regularly ‘express considerable contempt’ (1990) and arrogance ( 1992) towards the latter.


 


 



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