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Career Opportunities in Computing


The illustration above from an article written by Nell Edgington titled ‘Teaching Our Kids to Build the Computers of the Future‘  clearly shows the number of Computer job opportunities far exceeds the number of Graduates required to fill them. Nell goes onto to state that:

“we are facing an enormous shortage of people who can create the technology we desperately need… Projections estimate that by 2020 we will need 1.4 million computer programmers, but will only have 400,000 computer science graduates, creating a 1 million person gap.”

Similarly in an article for the Guardian Josh Cooke echoes this sentiment “As every aspect of business and commerce becomes ever more reliant on computing, the demand for technologically minded individuals is increasing at a huge rate. This is great for current computer science students such as myself, as we’re entering the industry at a very exciting and lucrative time.”

In an article for Network World titled ‘Want a job? Get a computer science degree‘ written by Carolyn Duffy Marsan, Professor Lenny Pitt, Director of Undergraduate Programs for the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois says

“Everybody is realizing that IT is going to be important in the marketplace, and they are looking to beef up their resumes with some kind of certificate or qualification that would give them an edge… Parents may well be aware of the job opportunities in the IT industry, which is suffering the least despite the downturn.”

For more information about Careers & Courses in Computing at Swansea Metropolitan please click-here.

Graduate Profile: James Simonson @MailmanGroup.com


Name: James Simonson

What was your HE course and when did you graduate?
Computer Games Development (BSc hons).

What is your job title and role? Assistant Technical Manager.

 Could you briefly describe the organization you work for?  I work for Mailman (Shanghai). Mailman is a leading social media innovation & technology company. We take brands and talent from the west and create social buzz for them inside of China and Asia by utilizing social media, web technologies and offline media.


“Being Bold, having a go”

We´re not all for profit. Much of our internal purpose is spurred by a great idea, a good cause, or by helping those less fortunate. We believe that openness and understanding and trying new things is the key to socializing business and making a positive change in the world.

OUR VISION: Is the ´socialization´ of the world’s best brands.

OUR MISSION: Is to transform the way businesses engage and embrace social media technologies to create better customer experiences. By investing in a ‘value-led’ communication theory Mailman delivers branded online assets that strengthen the relationships between brands and the people that matter most.

 Which skills learned at University are helpful to you in your job? Programming principles, Networking, Applied Mathematics and Software Engineering Principles.

I build websites and web apps for my company (front and back end), I also deal with server side programming, data visualization and data mining. I use allot of the programming methodologies and techniques taught to me throughout university, as well as mathematics and networking  when managing large data pools and re-constructing them for an end user.

Do you have a typical day and how would you describe it? Wake up, Drink coffee, then tackle some really challenging but fun problems. Help brain storm new ideas for potential clients, Work on a new project or maintain a current project, add features to existing sites, Research and develop new tools to aid in data gathering or end user experience. Then go out for company drinks on Friday

What aspects of your job do you enjoy most? I enjoy the Freedom I get with projects, the satisfaction of seeing my work online for millions to see and the free coffee my company offers.

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