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5 Steps to Accelerate Your Career in Computer Science & Software Engineering

Certain tough questions bother computer science students. Questions like, How to make a successful career in computer Science/software engineering? Is there some route map that, I should follow? Which are the essential technical knowledge and skill required? How to learn online amid class and social activities? What are the knowledge needed other than technical skills? The below steps will answer your questions. It will also guide you to make a career choice in computer science/software engineering.

Step 1 – Choose your specialized area

Once you get into the computer science stream, selecting specialization will not be enough. You should select a relevant language or tool related to it, that is also based on your knowledge and skills in your computer stream. You may have different areas of interest like web design, data science or any other field. If you pick web design as your area of specialization then choose relevant technical language related to it. You can select any one or more among the web design-related technical languages which include HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, ASP.Net etc.  

Step 2 – Start learning A to Z

Once you choose your specialization. It’s time to start the complete learning of that language or tool. If you have selected Java script as your specialized language, you have to learn javascript from an authenticated source. You can learn languages on both online/offline platform. When you select the online mode of learning make sure that the source is an authenticated source. Some students may not be comfortable with the online mode of learning. In this case, finding a mentor or teacher to clarify your technical queries is recommended.

Step 3– Practical Workshops

Practical knowledge is very vital in the real world. Experience towards the work domain is the important part. Practical knowledge will improve skills and give confidence in developing source code, Programmeming, etc. You can work with a group or with someone who has a similar interest. You can improve practical skills when you work in teams. It will help you to improve yourself and check where you are lacking.

Step 4 – Develop Projects

Taking small projects will initially help you a lot in making your career strong. There are competitions and challenges in that which appeal to all computer technologists /software engineers enthusiasts of all levels. As you work your way up through various competitions, you are earning a reputation for yourself in your field. Furthermore, you are adding projects to your computer science/software engineering portfolio. Also, working on independent projects is another way of getting experience in the field of Computer Science/Software Engineering. Using your creativity, you can craft your projects and outputs that will meet your application need.

Step 5 – Make a strong online presence 

Make yourself visible online and show how effective and dedicated you are to the work. Make your work history and experience. If you have impressive knowledge and specialization align it with a job that you desire. For example, you can make your Linkedin profile very compelling. Or you can have your blog at Word press and write about your ideas or core technologies that you master. To shine well it is important to have statistical knowledge and Programmeming skills.

Engagement and contribution to the Computer science/Software Engineering fields are necessary. This will help you to build a strong presence online. Furthermore, engaging in answering queries and reading solutions to queries will provide you with the training and knowledge to answer questions of varying degrees.



Dr. Vijay Arputharaj is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science, Skyline University Nigeria. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, India

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