Do Computer Majors Mean Anything Anymore?

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The job market is always changing. Computer program majors often find themselves having a tough time after graduation. It may sound insane due to the number of computer-related fields that are are there. Much of it depends on where you live, and what your exact area of focus is.

You cannot possibly try to get a “general” computer degree anymore. Pick a specific area that you are good at or interested and focus on that. If you’re a developer, go develop! If you’re more of a networking whiz, you know what you need to do. There are SO MANY hundreds of possibilities. Don’t cut off your nose to spite your face by choosing too broad of a major.

A consulting route isn’t a bad idea, but you honestly have to be REALLY good at what you’re trying to do. However, becoming a developer is where it’s at right now in MY mind. The other areas won’t disappear any time soon, no. But look at all of the dev opportunities out there right now. That’s the hottest and most in-demand area.

Network like crazy every chance you get. I say that about pretty much any type of career, but it holds even more true of us Geeks. Social connections enable you to find the path before the path is eliminated.

Most importantly, love what you do. Don’t choose an area of study just because you think you’ll make good money. Sure, that’s an important consideration. You have to support yourself. But if you hate what you do, you’re not going to do it for long. Know where your passions lie, and choose your path based off of them.

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  1. I agree! I just got laid off after 16 years wit the same company, been in IT since the mid 1980s. My kids want to get into IT, but I have to warn them about some of the tech that changes so rapidly and what they learn today is outdated tomorrow.
    We all need to continue to learn, but tech becomes such a grey area and non standard non adopted methods is next to impossible to stay on the leading edge as we have grown to know that tech is bleeding edge.

  2. A degree is a degree. Some places require a bachelors degree. In that case it helps have one of any course. A lot of places look for experience, having a degree looks nice on the resume but you need experience to get a job. Need a job to get experience. Its all luck of the draw.

    Having a degree won’t make you an expert on certain areas. You can get idea but, its all for requirements. You got to specialize on something to make it worthwile.

  3. I didn’t bother wasting four years in college to get a degree certifying that I knew what I already knew without the “education”. I’m doing just fine for myself. I feel personally that infotech is too fast-paced for traditional education to keep up; the professor hasn’t been in the industry for years, if ever, and his curriculum is likewise a few years out of date, so by the time you graduate the things you think you know are several years obsolete. The classroom education model cannot reconcile this efficiently – unless you get into an amazing school like MIT, where you’ll be learning and working on the cutting-edge stuff *before* it hits the public. If you’re fortunate enough to get accepted there, more power to you. Otherwise, self-study is the best route to go in my view. Your skill and experience will be your certification.

  4. I should make my dad read this article, i am now studying mechanical engg. but i wanted to go to the IT WORLD, i just had a big craze on it.

  5. Being a self taught dev guy, I totally agree with you. You have to have a passion for it. I guess that is true with everything that you want to excel at.
    I’ve been writing streaming software for the past 10 years now.

    You know what I really want to start dev’in for? Mobiles. Lots of sensors and fun toys to play with there. Makes my nerd cells all tingly.

  6. IT isn’t accounting! IT is a set of specialties, Networking, App Development, Database, Security etc etc. To succeed you need to be very good in 1 or 2 of these specialties. IT technical skills become obsolete overnight!
    The best bet is to major in a related discipline i.e. engineering, finance or economics with a heavy dose of IT courses. Be sure the IT courses are relevant! Some schools are still teaching COBOL programming, I’m sure. DO NOT take courses in Game Development or other seemingly kewl subjects.