What can I do with my computing degree?

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 Prospects and the Tech Nation's UK tech in 2020 review, just under three million people were employed in the UK's digital tech economy and at the end of 2020. Similarly, the UK Tech Ecosystem update report revealed that a tenth of all UK job vacancies are tech roles.  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

    Hardware engineering

    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:

    What can I do with a Computer Science degree?

    What can I do with IT degree?

    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)

    ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

    Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI)

    Association for Women in Computing (AWC)

    Computing Research Association

    IEEE Computer Society

    Employment opportunities

    Below is a snapshot of what University of Plymouth Computing 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

    • Lecturer

    • 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

    Employers

    Accenture

    Amazon Web Services

    Amsys

    Applied Automation

    BAE Systems

    Bank of America

    Boeing Defence UK Limited

    BT

    CACI

    CCL Group Ltd

    Centrica Connected Home

    CGI

    Cisco Systems International

    Createanet

    Delt Shared Services

    Devon & Cornwall Police

    EDF Energy

    Ericsson

    Fandom

    Ferranti Computer Systems

    FICO

    Focal Research Ltd

    Formula 1

    Fujitsu

    General Electric

    GOSS Interactive

    Gotham Digital Science

    Group GTI

    Hitachi

    HM Land Registry

    HPE

    IBM

    Imerys

    Immarsat

    Ipsos MORI

    JetPack IFE

    Lighthouse Systems

    Lockheed Martin UK Ltd

    M&C Saatchi

    Mears Group

    Met Office

    Microtest

    Ministry of Defence

    Mott MacDonald

    NCC Group

    Network Rail

    NHS

    NIIT Technologies

    ORACLE

    Plymouth Marine Laboratory

    PwC

    Renishaw

    Restart Consulting

    Rightmove

    Roke Manor Research

    Schneider Electric

    Sky

    Sponge UK

    Sports Interactive Games

    Susoft

    Tamar Telecommunications

    UK Hydrographic Office

    Voice Group Cornwall

    Vualto

    *Data is from the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18. Graduates were surveyed 15 months after graduating. Data displayed is for 195 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:

    • MSc Cyber Security
    • MSc Data Science and Business Analytics
    • MSc Autonomous Systems
    • PGCE Secondary (Computer Science)

    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 post-graduate 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 here.

    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’
    • click on ‘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, click on 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.