Mixing a Computer Science degree with business can lead to amazing opportunities.
Creating new ways to shop, inventing toys, streamlining software… these are just a few of the ways in which people with a computer science degree are transforming the business world. Most startup businesses rely on computer science – and the benefits can be huge.
Jess Nichols who graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology from the University of Technology, Sydney. She now works in San Francisco at digital service company Deloitte Digital where her job description is ‘Digital Strategy, Design & Awesomeness’.
Jess travels the world helping big companies master social media and digital strategies.
On any given week, she might fly to Hungary to teach social media skills or show senior partners at a leading global financial firm how to improve their LinkedIn profiles.
Jess is also a founding trustee for the Sydney chapter of the Awesome Foundation, which gives grants to kickstart great ideas in the local community.
She’s helped fund projects to create toys for autistic children, run 1980s aerobics nights and develop the world’s smallest synth for musicians.
Jess says that the strong business component and industry placements at Unilever and Deloitte during her IT degree helped her to realise how much business is steeped in technology. “It helped me really understand my clients and figure out the best solutions for their needs.”
Josh Teichman graduated with a Business Information Systems (BIS) degree from Monash University and now works as a management consultant in the Digital Change division of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne.
He says the best thing about combining business with computer science is that you develop strong critical thinking and analysis skills. Businesses want people who can solve real-world problems, he says.
“Every organisation has to redefine its strategy for the digital age,” he says. “Businesses are always looking for ways to improve performance.”
Meanwhile, a fellow Monash BIS graduate Jessica Scott now leads a team of hackers at a big Australian bank.
“My day-to-day job involves coordinating a team of hackers to ensure security within the bank,” Jessica says. “It is really cool to be a paid hacker!”
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Author: Fran Molloy
FRAN MOLLOY is a freelance journalist and university lecturer whose career has spanned newspapers, radio and online publications. She writes about business, careers, research, science and environment.