The Software Sustainability Institute was asked to take part in the debate about the employability of computer scientists and the ideas that have been proposed to help the situation. For our next post on the issue, we wanted a perspective from a computer science department, so we are very pleased to publish this post from Joyce Lewis at the University of Southampton.
By Joyce Lewis, Senior Fellow for Partnerships and Business Development at the University of Southampton.
It all depends what you mean by computer scientists... The statistics collected by UK universities through the annual DHLE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) appear to show that a number of graduates from courses that have the words Computer or IT in their titles are not in graduate-level jobs six months after graduation, and that this constitutes the highest proportion by subject of any graduates. However, a very large number of degree programmes are grouped under the Computer Science/Software/IT heading, and there is considerable variation in the employability figures between similar courses even at the same university.
There is a (not unexpected) correlation between high entry grades and employment success. Often the courses with lower employability rates…Continue Reading