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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:
  • 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 Service for advice.

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. 

Career options

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
  • Telecommunications
  • 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:
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)
Employment opportunities
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.
  • Associate Security Architect
  • Associate Software Developer
  • Backend PHP Developer
  • Cloud and Infrastructure Solution Engineer
  • Content Creator
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Data Engineer
  • Dot Net Developer
  • Freelance Online Coder
  • Front End Web Developer
  • Full Stack Developer
  • Game Developer
  • Graduate Applications Developer
  • Graduate Consultant
  • Graduate Data Scientist
  • Graduate Junior PHP Developer
  • Graduate RF, Secure Comms and Network Engineer
  • Graduate Software Developer
  • Graduate Software Engineer
  • Hardware Analyst
  • Information Security Officer
  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • IT Service Desk Analyst
  • IT Support Technician
  • Junior Applications Analyst
  • Junior Data Scientist
  • Junior DevOps Engineer
  • Junior IT Systems Engineer
  • Junior Service Desk Analyst
  • Junior Software Development Engineer in Test
  • Junior Technical Consultant
  • Lead Developer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Project Officer
  • Secure Networks Engineer
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Infrastructure Engineer
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Operations Analyst
  • Senior Security Operations Centre Analyst (Lead Client Analyst)
  • Software Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineering & Web Development
  • Software Test Automation Engineer
  • Solution Architect
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Developer
  • Technical Architect
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technical Solutions Engineer
  • Unix Administrator
  • Web Application Security Tester
  • Web Developer
  • 3B Data Security
  • Access Control Services
  • ACE Schools
  • AND Digital
  • Atkins
  • Aurum Solutions Ltd
  • Babcock International
  • BAE Systems
  • BPI (British Recorded Music Industry) Ltd
  • BT
  • Carling Technologies
  • CCL Cyber Solutions
  • CGI
  • Civil Service
  • Claranet
  • CoreBlue
  • Corefocus
  • Cornwall Council
  • Darktrace
  • Deloitte
  • Delt
  • Delt Shared Services
  • DXC Technology
  • EY Pythagoras
  • FDM Group
  • Flight Data Services
  • General Electric
  • GOSS Interactive
  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Hindsight App Ltd
  • HM Land Registry
  • Intelligent AI
  • ITEC
  • Kudos Software Ltd
  • Marine AI
  • McAfee
  • Midas Group
  • Ministry of Defence
  • NHS
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Opsys
  • Plessey Semiconductors
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • QinetiQ
  • Red Bull Powertrains
  • Renishaw
  • Rockfire
  • Rockpool Digital
  • Rowe IT
  • RSK Group PLC
  • SAA Consultants
  • Silhouette Research & Technology Ltd
  • Software Solved
  • Spark! Data Systems
  • Sparta Global
  • Surfline
  • The Met Office
  • Ultra Maritime
  • Vualto
  • Western Power Distribution
*Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Surveys covering the three years of 2018/19 – 2020/21. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for UK-domiciled, first degree, full-time graduates who are working, studying or looking for work.

Further study

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:
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:
It is also worth investigating what further study options the University has to offer as you may find the perfect course for yourself in an institution you already know. There are also sometimes financial benefits of staying on such as a fee discount to Alumni – find out your funding options.

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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