Which students are the most motivated to take up computer science jobs in Australia?
2,038 students are currently employed in the Australian Computer Science curriculum.
But there’s one job that’s been left out of the conversation.
A survey of students in the Computer Science program at Stirling University revealed that nearly half of the students did not apply for the job they were applying for.
The survey also revealed that while most students were actively searching for a new job, a minority of students were considering applying for jobs that they were not familiar with.
According to research by the Centre for Research in Teaching and Learning (CRTL), this lack of information could be contributing to students being discouraged from applying for a job that they might otherwise be qualified for.
“When we looked at what students were looking for, we were surprised that so few were considering a position that they had previously applied for, and we were actually surprised that only a third of the applicants who applied to the jobs we were looking at actually received a job offer,” said Professor Tim Bajarin, from the Centre.
“And the reason we were so surprised is that we’re trying to develop a career path for our students, and they’re looking at the world through a computer and a tablet, so it’s easy for them to make a career choice based on that.”
The researchers also found that most of the applications that were received were not from a group of students from the same field, and so could not be classed as “candidates” for a particular job.
“The research we’ve done shows that students tend to apply for jobs when they’re not quite sure what they want to do and they may be applying for work they haven’t considered for,” said Prof Bajalin.
“If a person’s interested in a specific job, but they don’t know how to use the computer, then that could lead to them being discouraged.”
To find out how students were applying, the researchers conducted a survey online using the JobCentre Australia app, where students were asked to indicate which job they would like to apply to.
A total of 1,003 students responded to this survey, and of these, 1,912 responded to it, with a median age of 18.2.
The students who were the most interested in working in the IT field were those who were aged 18-24, while those who said they were currently in school were less interested in this career path.
“Our research suggests that there is a need for more education about the careers that students might be interested in pursuing, and for employers to provide more guidance on the best way to recruit students for these jobs,” said Associate Professor Bajkin.
In other words, it’s important that students understand that a computer science degree doesn’t necessarily mean they will be a computer programmer, and that a degree in computer science could be useful for many different career options.
“We know that people who have a degree do tend to perform better in job interviews, and if you know how the job market is going to work, you can use that knowledge to get a job,” Professor Babarin said.
“It could be that a college degree is going towards a job search for a software engineer, but for a more career-focused job, it could be something in the social sciences or humanities.”
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