Ah, the lucrative world of computer and computer science engineering. Those sky-high job packages, dreams of working in the Silicon Valley, living with computers for your whole life, sounds really good, doesn’t it? It is, indeed! In India, millions of students fresh out of school go for computer science engineering- some for the genuine interest in the subject, some for the fascination of the subfields, and some for the money. All of them have one thing in common- they seldom have knowledge about the hidden and sometimes overlooked facts about computer science engineering.
Here, we attempt to shed light on some of the things no one will ever tell you about computer science engineering!
Fact 1. A bachelor’s degree is actually enough to get yourself a great job.
Unlike other engineering streams or other degrees, you get after cracking JEE to get admission to an IIT, a bachelor’s in computer science engineering is enough to give you the required skills to get employed by your dream organization. Given that you work hard enough, and require the skills that your dream company is looking for, no one will ever ask you if you have a master’s degree or not. This is pretty much the reason why college placements are so successful when it comes to computer engineering students.
Fact 2. There is an entire world outside coding and programming in computer science.
Coding, coding, and more coding! Seems like computer science engineering revolves around these words, doesn’t it? Well, this could not have been any further from the truth. Sure, a large part of computer science studies involves some kind of a programming aspect, but there are opportunities aplenty for those who do not want to get their hands dirty on coding. The fundamentals of computer science, after all, are never going to die, are they?
Fact 3. Embedded systems are actually designed by computer science professionals.
Ever wondered what powers the TVs, radios, and traffic lights you see all around you? If you have, and could not figure out an answer, here it is for you- computer science students and professionals! Yes, it is this very breed of engineers that make those traffic lights and appliances come to life. Embedded systems are put in all kinds of devices, to perform a special kind of service or task. Wondering what to do in your computer science engineering life? Why not have a crack at embedded systems?
Fact 4. You don’t need to depend totally on college to teach you the stuff you should be knowing.
With the number of online courses and study material that has literally flooded the internet, it isn’t even necessary for computer science students today to depend on their university studies to learn about what they want. For instance, if your college curriculum does not include machine learning, and you want to try your hand at it, why not go for an online course? Who knows, you might actually end up benefitting from it and make yourself a career in ML or AI!
Fact 5. Join computer science engineering for the subject, not for the salary.
Many students end up choosing computer engineering only because of the insane placement records and high salaries that they might end up taking home. This, however, is one thing that might be killing the industry. Students and professionals working jobs with their interests lying elsewhere is detrimental both for the individual and the organization. If you’re thinking of studying computer science, please, don’t do it for the money!
There you go! The top five things no one tells you about computer science engineering! Well, no one but us, isn’t it?