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Careers Guidance for Computer Science Engineers | Job Opportunities

First thought that comes to the mind of final year student is, What Next after the course. Shall I look for a Job or Pursue Higher Studies? As you all know, recent recession has made us sit and think about type of Jobs that can withstand any market condition. Lots of people were forced for a career change, in order to get a job. It’s important to choose a job that offers a bright career for a longer duration and that can withstand the challenging market conditions. In the following sections we will look into the list of different career options, job opportunities and skill sets needed for Computer Science (CS) Majors to succeed in the professional life.

Where to Start?

You can get hired by companies during campus recruitment or during walk-ins conducted directly by companies, or by consulting firms. Since number of engineers and MCA students, passing out every year is on the rise, and demand is less, it is very important to get the job during placement. If you wish to pursue higher studies, choose colleges that offer highest placement which should be the first step, in building a successful career.

How to get hired during Campus or off Campus Recruitment?

Placement takes place during final year or penultimate year of the course, or after your course. Generally placements are done in two stages. In the first stage, there is an Aptitude Test and a Technical Test. You should be well trained for aptitude test. Technical Tests are mainly based on C Programming and Data Structures. So make sure that when you learn C Programming and Data Structures, learn from the basics. Also you should try out executing C programs rather than just reading. This helps you to get hands on experience, as well as help you to answer questions on issues during program execution, and problem solving skills.

Based on the performance in the first stage, you will be selected for second stage. In the second stage there will be Group Discussion (GD) followed by Face to Face Technical and HR Interview. In the group discussion you should make sure that you are active and crisp in conveying your ideas, but don’t enforce your ideas on others. Technical interview will be based on what you have learned in your curriculum. Interviewer look for your knowledge in a topic as well as your level of confidence. HR Interview will be based on your personality and attitude.

Choosing right company for a bright Career ?

Software products and solutions are used in almost all the industries across the world. Major Industries which uses software are:

  • Banking
  • Insurance
  • Retail
  • Power
  • Exploration
  • Aeronautics
  • Defense
  • Consulting
  • Online Shopping
  • Big Data Analytics

Companies provide either software products or services in these industries. So while choosing a career you must decide, whether you want to be in a product company or a service company. Let’s have a look at the merits and demerits in choosing products or Services Company.

Software Products

Software products are built by taking into account, the specific needs of an industry to have a smooth running of their day to day operation. Before building a product, complete domain knowledge about the industry is required. Companies hire domain experts for this. For example a banking software product will have functionalities required by customers and bank employees. Advantages of developing products is that, it can be supplied to any bank with less or no customization. Also the software design should be flexible and robust enough to meet the future requirements. What it mean for the developer and designer is that, best technologies are used in its development. There is an opportunity to work with High End technologies and industry experts. Also if the product clicks, growth of the company will be exponential, which in turn helps you to attain high professional growth and salary. Demerit is that, if the product fails, company will be in trouble, and you might have to work in other product, or go for a career change.

Software Services

Companies providing software services, gives software solutions to industries or outsource manpower to other companies. Software solutions are built based on the customer requirements. Advantages of working in services companies is that, there is an opportunity to work with different technologies. Another advantage is, On Site Opportunities in US, Europe etc. which help you to earn a lot of money. Disadvantage is that, you will find it difficult to build a career or become an expert in a particular technology, because you may be forced to shift the development technologies, based on the customer requirement.

Software Development Roles and requirement Skill Set

There are a lot of fields in computer science. Let’s have a look at each field, and required skill set to get a job in these fields.

JOB Category

Required Skill Set

Web Designer

HTML, HTML5 , Javascript, Flash
Web Developer

J2EE, ASP.Net, PHP

Application Developer

C, C++, Core Java, .Net, Java Swing

Database Administrator

Pl SQL, Database Tuning

Network Engineer

CCNA, CCNP Certification

Embedded Systems

Embedded C

VLSI programmer

Verilog, VHDL

Enterprise Applications

SAP
Hardware Engineer

CSE Basics

Computer Scientist

Complex Problem Solving Skills

Big Data Analytics

Hadoop

 

TOP Companies that offer Job for Computer Science Engineers

Google

Microsoft Amazon

Yahoo

Apple HP

Dell

IBM Oracle
Adobe Accenture

SAP

VMware Infosys

TCS

CTS Wipro

HCL

Computer Science Engineering Salary

Budding engineers are anxious about the salary. There is a big difference in the salaries offered by companies. Top 5 companies in the above list, offer salaries in the range of INR 50,000 – 100,000 per month. Other companies offer salaries in the range of INR 25,000 – 50,000 per month. But companies provide huge salary during on Site Assignment. On site salary is in the range of 2,500 – 4000 $ per month. These figures are for start up engineers. Based on you skill and experience these figures can go up.

Opportunities for Higher Education in Computer Science

When big companies hire, they hire freshers in large number. As a result, to make yourself noticed and get promoted is not an easy task. As a result many students are opting for Higher Education courses like M.S. or M.Tech. On completion of these courses you will get posted at a higher position in the company. For doing M.S  or PhD in US, one should pass GRE and TOEFL exams.

Top Universities for MS

MIT

California Institute Technology

Stanford University

University Of Texas At Austin

University Of California-Berkeley

Harvard University

Carnegie Mellon University

University Of Illinois

Cornell University

Princeton University

Hope this article help you in providing an insight about the Jobs and Opportunities in Computer Science. You can also visit our website to know more about best computer engineering colleges in Jaipur

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