5 reasons to study computer science
1. For creative problem solvers
Do you have an analytical brain that enjoys math and logical activities like chess and puzzles? Maybe you’re a fan of epic strategy board games that take hours to complete? A computer science degree could be the degree where you finally fully immerse yourself in the things that have fascinated you all your life.
Computer science is all about developing your creative problem-solving skills by creating software and hardware solutions. Be prepared to apply your natural curiosity and analytical brain to solve tricky problems in business, research, and even society!
2. Versatile and pandemic-proof career
Computer science graduates enjoy a wide variety of career options – ranging from mobile developer to software engineer to consultant. You can work as a data scientist uncovering user behavior from big data, as a product manager launching the latest software product, or as an entrepreneur developing your own artificial intelligence gadget.
You will be hard pressed to find a business that does not require computer science graduates whether they are technical skills or analytical thinking they are in demand across industries.
A career in IT also benefits from flexible working conditions. When most of your work is done, well, with a computer you have unlimited who you can work for. Do you like Australian summers but prefer to work for a tech start-up in Silicon Valley? A career in IT allows you to benefit from both. Due to the highly desirable and flexible nature of this field, a career in IT is also pandemic-proof. During COVID-19 in 2020, jobs in this field increased by 17.5% in Australia.
3. Industry experience during your studies
Studying IT at the University of Sydney will open the door for you to industrial opportunities so that you can gain experience and build your network before you graduate. There are 3 ways to gain experience: capstones, the SPARK program and internships.
- Capstones: All students studying a bachelor’s degree in advanced computer science are required to undertake a comprehensive project as part of their studies. This is a project activity with one of our industrial partners.
- SPARK: our 5 week summer starter program for computer science students passionate about entrepreneurship and technological innovation. Students participate in workshops and are mentored to develop a business plan and present their idea. At the end of the programs, teams present to a panel of industry advisors the possibility of receiving a prize of $ 1,000.
- Internships: We have a network of more than 1,200 industrial partners, including Qantas, AB Mauri and Telstra, who offer project and internship opportunities to our students.
4. A second major among more than 100 transversal disciplines
You can combine your computer skills with a second major in over 100 fields of study, including music, business, science, and the arts. You can pursue other passions and interests while developing comprehensive multidisciplinary skills highly sought after by employers.
5. Accredited by the Australian Computer Society
Our Bachelor of Advanced Computing is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). This diploma is recognized by Australian employers and for ACS certification which can be used for skills assessments (if you wish to work abroad).