I certainly did at the University of Delaware (UD), where I am currently a master’s student in computer science.
I was recently contacted by Kelli Nguyen, a fellow on the LinkedIn Editorial team, who was seeking an informed perspective on this subject.
She suggested that the prospect of a well-paid job after University may have generated this trend.
With the advent of the technological revolution over the last few years, that is a reasonable hypothesis.
Don’t you think?But if that’s your drive for choosing CS courses, you won’t go much further!Why Computer Science matters?So, why would you take CS courses?Are you looking to develop different ways to use technology?Do you intend to solve computing problems from your field?Did you pick out specific skills that can be useful for your own research/job?The reasons might be many and various.
Computer Science involves science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The coding and programming, which are critical components of CS, focus on telling the computer what to do.
The field, by nature, offers an entry into mastery in critical and logical thinking that apply across most disciplines.
As a discipline, CS spans a range of topics with each presenting a set of skills.
These skills are sometimes unique and require a proper implementation to master.
Challenges it posesInstitutions need experts that cover this breadth of topics.
Most often, hiring them can be challenging!Does your University have professors who can cover most, if not all, topics of CS?.If not, there is a shortage of instructors.
Personally, at UD, I do.
I have access to professors who are well-renowned in their domains within CS and beyond.
Over the past year, UD hired several others to reinforce the latest trending topics.
Data Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security and Human-Computer Interaction.
All covered!A CS curriculum imparts problem-solving and analytical adeptness.
At UD, I often found students take these into their area of expertise (CS or otherwise) to solve real-world problems.
Something that organizations value!.So, if you are a student of any discipline, you should prioritize gaining these abilities.
Most students are starting to realize this.
Now, there is increased competition to get into CS studies.
What to do as a student?Over the last couple of years, there were quite a few instances when I almost didn’t get into some courses due to seats quickly filling up!What does this do?.It pushes students to plan in advance and register for classes sooner.
At least, that’s what it did to me!Here are some questions you should consider having answers for:What are your career goals?What are you looking to do with your CS proficiency?What roles are you targeting once you graduate?What abilities do those roles require?What courses do you need to take to acquire them?It forces you to target a set of lectures and skills essential to achieving your goals.
Good, isn’t?Fairly early into my master’s degree, I recognized this trend and identified my academic learning path.
Now, into my last semester, I can say that I got into my desired classes.
More importantly, I was able to forge new connections.
Some with people that I had no clue I would meet.
I say this because in one of my classes I built machine learning models.
Quite straightforward for a CS student, isn’t it?.Yes, but it was with a couple of non-CS students.
One, Water Science & Policy and another, agricultural & environmental economics.
This is when I found myself working with people who do not look at the problem the same way I do.
I, part of another class, enjoyed clustering children data by finding trends in their nutrient intake.
On this occasion, with doctoral students from Mathematics and Statistics.
Different repertoire; Fresh perspectives!Immediate future of Computer Science studiesI am definitely fortunate to have been able to take advantage of the increased demand and cross-disciplinary collaboration.
You can be too.
In fact, you must be!This is how I see the immediate future of Computer Science studies being.
You should combine multiple disciplines and pursue divergent ways of thinking about the same problem or subject.
This revolutionary way of learning enables you to develop critical thinking abilities and presents many real-world opportunities for growth.
Today’s teams, especially in the industry, set up to solve real-world problems have people that bring diverse skill sets to the table.
By the time you graduate only when you possess more than one kind of skill, you will be able to hit the ground running and effectively collaborate to deliver results.
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