- research career possibilities and start planning
- build your networks and industry knowledge by speaking to employers and graduates
- get involved with industry events such as hackathons and games jams
- gain work experience during your course whether through placements, internships, working part-time or voluntary activities.
- attend career fairs and networking events both at the University and offered by industry
- stay up to date with changes in these fast-moving industries with and continue to develop your skills.
- get involved with relevant clubs and societies
- visit the
Careers Servicefor advice.
Discover employment and further study opportunities that you could consider once you graduate with a computing degree, and learn how you can stand out to graduate employers.
We encourage you to:
Knowledge and skills
Depending on the pathway you take, you will develop specialist knowledge and skills in:
- programming languages
- analysis and design for software systems
- data modelling and management
- secure and robust systems
- software engineering
- software tools and packages.
In addition to your specialist skills, you will develop wider, transferrable skills in
- teamwork and leadership skills through working effectively within a team on a group project during your degree.
- verbal communication skills from delivering projects presentations to audiences ranging from fellow students to industry professionals.
- effective and methodical problem-solving skills
- time management and organisation
- written communication skills developed by producing professional technical reports and other written assignments.
94% of graduates in work or further study
89% of graduates in Highly skilled work or further study
According to CompTIA's State of the Tech Workforce UK report, the tech sector employed just under two million workers in 2021, accounting for 6.3% of the total UK workforce (source: Prospects 2023). The future is very promising for Computing graduates – here are some areas in which you could work:
- Applications development
- Computer forensics
- Cyber security and risk management
- Data analysis and analytics
- Games development
- Information management
- IT consultancy (business and technical)
- Software development
- Software engineering (designing, building, developing and testing)
- Systems/network management
- Technical support
- Web design/development.
Your job may involve creating applications or systems, solving problems with technology or supporting those who use it. You could choose to work in the “Tech” sector for the big names however you will find your skills are in high demand across diverse range of sectors from central and local government to retail, finance, manufacturing as well as education and health. Opportunities exist with the large, well-known employers as well as with smaller, exciting start-ups and consultancies. Here are some of the occupations that you could consider:
- Application analyst
- Applications developer
- Cyber security analyst
- Data analyst
- Database administrator
- Forensic computer analyst
- Games developer
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- Network engineer
- Penetration Tester
- Software developer
- Software engineer
- Systems analyst
- UX designer
- Web designer
- Web developer
Researching your career options
With such a wide range of careers open to you and a growing industry, it is worth taking some time to explore your options thoroughly by both researching online, speaking to people in industry and getting experience within the sector. This will help you to make well-informed decisions about your future.
Prospects and TargetJobs offer a great starting point for your online research; you may want to start with these articles:
CW Jobs, one of the job vacancies boards for Computing and IT professionals also contains a helpful careers advice section containing job descriptions about the different areas that you could consider with your degree.
You should also explore information, advice and resources available on webpages of professional associations:
British Computing Society BCS (the professional body for Computing and IT professionals)
Below is a snapshot of what University of Plymouth computer science graduates told us they were doing 15 months after graduation. For some graduates, these roles served as stepping-stones by providing relevant work experience.
- Business Information Systems Analyst
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- CRM Consultant
- Cyber Forensic Analyst
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Digital Investigator
- Firmware Developer
- Graduate Systems Engineer
- Incident Response Consultant
- Infrastructure Engineer
- IOS Mobile Developer
- IT Consultant
- IT Technician
- Java Developer
- Junior Network Engineer
- Junior Support Developer
- Management Information Manager
- Network Consulting Engineer
- Observation Data Analyst
- PHP Developer
- Security Consultant
- Senior Information Analyst
- Service Desk Analyst
- SME Consultant
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
- SQL Server Database Administrator
- System Integration Developer
- Technical Project Coordinator
- Web and Software Developer
- Amazon Web Services
- Applied Automation
- BAE Systems
- Bank of America
- Boeing Defence UK Limited
- CCL Group Ltd
- Centrica Connected Home
- Cisco Systems International
- Delt Shared Services
- Devon & Cornwall Police
- EDF Energy
- Ferranti Computer Systems
- Focal Research Ltd
- Formula 1
- General Electric
- GOSS Interactive
- Gotham Digital Science
- Group GTI
- HM Land Registry
- Ipsos MORI
- JetPack IFE
- Lighthouse Systems
- Lockheed Martin UK Ltd
- M&C Saatchi
- Mears Group
- Met Office
- Ministry of Defence
- Mott MacDonald
- NCC Group
- Network Rail
- Plymouth Marine Laboratory
- Restart Consulting
- Roke Manor Research
- Schneider Electric
- Sponge UK
- Sports Interactive Games
- Tamar Telecommunications
- UK Hydrographic Office
- Voice Group Cornwall
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys of 2017/18 and 2018/19. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 75 UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.
Some career paths may require or benefit from further study; the University of Plymouth offers the following postgraduate study options that could be of interest to Computer Science and Computing graduates:
MSc Artificial Intelligence
MSc Autonomous Systems
MSc Cyber Security MSc Data Science and Business Analytics
You should consider the financial implications of further study as well as selecting a programme that suits your interests, learning style and future career direction. The following websites provide a good starting point for exploring postgraduate options, but you may also benefit from talking to a Careers Consultant.
Some useful websites to help you find a suitable postgraduate programme:
Careers Service support
Accessing support from the Careers Service couldn’t be easier; come along to the Careers Service Helpdesk in the
Student Hub or access our 24/7 online resources. There is a wide range of support available from skills workshops to events, placements and internships advice, 1-2-1 appointments and help getting started with LinkedIn.
Our bite-sized Accelerate workshops can give your career the boost it needs and topics include:
- effective career planning
- job hunting techniques
- finding part-time work
- CVs and interviews
- mastering LinkedIn
Workshops are delivered by the Careers Service, however, they are also an opportunity to learn from your peers, share experiences, and ask questions. Visit myCareer to see the full range of activities and to book your place.
Connect with graduates
The LinkedIn alumni tool is a great way to meet graduates and find out more about possible careers. You can see the career journeys of graduates from your programme, the qualifications they completed and employers they worked for.
- search LinkedIn for ‘University of Plymouth’
- select ‘Alumni’
- filter the results by subject, sector, company or location.
If you are looking for help to set up or learn how to make the most out of your LinkedIn profile, select the LinkedIn guide for students or
come to one of our workshops.
Other advice and guidance
Get work experience
Work experience will provide a major boost to your employability when you graduate as well as giving you a real insight into what to expect from different occupations and industries. You will develop your confidence and professional skills and meet people – colleagues – who can advise and mentor you while you are there and if you stay in touch with them, help you to develop your career later on.
Many organisations offer placement years and shorter internships or you could work part-time around your studies or approach organisations speculatively directly to negotiate short periods of work experience.
The University of Plymouth Students’ Union also offers a wide range of volunteering opportunities and there are many organisations within the not-for-profit sector who could benefit from your skills and expertise and volunteering generally will help to build your employability skills, confidence and make a real impact on your CV.
Take part in Hackathons
Major League Hacking describe a hackathon an “invention marathon;” teams design and code a prototype of an application that solves a problem. Participants range from software developers, designers, and non-technical people and you may encounter software as well as hardware related projects. Anyone who has an interest in technology attends a hackathon to learn, build and share their creations over the course of a weekend in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
It’s a great way to meet industry professionals as well as other students potentially paving the way for work experience or graduate employment opportunities.
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