When looking for the right degree, one of the most important things a hopeful student can do is ask which ones have the best employment rates. Although there’s often a lot of advice telling you to “follow your passion”, getting practical about what you want after university is a good idea too, as despite an average employment rate of over 80% for all graduates, nothing is set in stone and rates can fluctuate wildly depending on the course.

Does a computer science degree make you employable?

The short answer is yes, but with caveats.

A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) stated that computer science graduates can sometimes “lack the experience and ‘soft’ skills [that] employers are looking for”.

The suggestion here appears to be that even if graduates are deemed well-equipped from a technical perspective, they lack the additional skills required by employers. Traditionally, university courses place little emphasis on workplace skills like project management, and the overly-academic/theory based approach is often criticised because of that.

However, this doesn’t mean that computer science won’t lead to employment, or that you shouldn’t pursue it as part of your higher education. You just need to find a way of incorporating professional skills into your learning. This can include: working in an agile environment, understanding the lifecycle of a project and navigating a Kanban board.

By doing this, you can make yourself truly work-ready and highly attractive to a potential employer. That’s why these skills are part and parcel of the Code Nation Master Course, and everything about it is built around hands-on projects that students can really get stuck in to.

What is the average salary for a computer science graduate in the UK

The CIPD report reveals that 52% of computer science graduates are paid between £20,000 and £30,000 per year. These figures read pretty favourably compared to other degrees, as computer science graduates are said to earn five times more than students with arts degrees.

Code Nation students are employed with salaries ranging from £18,000 to £35,000 and the average is £23,800. It’s also worth noting that 96% of Code Nation graduates find employment compared to approximately 90% of computer science degree graduates, and that they do so within six days (on average) of course completion.

All that, and there’s no student loan! So once you’re earning, you’re not having to use a portion of it to pay off a debt.

What other benefits do coding schools have?

Coding schools are designed to offer a different kind of learning experience. Code Nation’s Master Course is an immersive environment where students learn in one of our classrooms for 12 weeks. If they’re on an apprenticeship, they’ll then work for one of our business Pledgers for the next 12 months. All said and done, a Code Nation apprenticeship lasts 15 months.

That means that while people on degree courses are only about a year and a half into their studies, Code Nation students have got their qualification, gained real hands-on experience in the working world and now have the opportunity to sit down with our growing network of Pledgers. This is our community of 35+ businesses who pledge to interview Code Nation graduates.

As an example, let’s say Eleanor has decided to attend a coding school, while her friend Amy has gone to university for a computer science degree. By the time Amy is donning her cap and gown, Eleanor could have graduated from her course, got a good job and already earned up to £50,000.

In summary…

Computer science skills are already vital, and with the world becoming more digital, they’re only getting more important. Indeed, it’s predicted that by 2020, businesses will need 1 million people with digital skills.

Pursuing a higher education that allows you to learn these skills will set you up for a highly employable (not to mention highly enjoyable) future.

But university isn’t the only way to do it. Coding schools like Code Nation offer an alternative that delivers great qualifications at a speed that’s perfect for those who don’t want to wait around.

We’re not just for the impulsive, we’re for the impatient, and we’re eager to help anyone who can’t wait for their dream job in tech.

You can get on the road to a career in development by taking our 12-week Master Course. Learn more about our courses or visit one of our Open Evenings to get a taster.

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