I'm currently a student two years into a Computer Information Systems degree and I'm starting to worry about what jobs I can even get with this degree. And if there are jobs that I could get with it, would this degree be worth anything internationally? As most computer jobs require you to have a Computer Science degree and not a Computer Information Systems degree.

(Yes, I should have done better research in high school but my guidance counsellor told me that the two degrees were the same.)

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    Please add a country tag. My country is so starved for anything IT that we will hire you from another continent if you can spell computer right. Your's might be completely different. – nvoigt Jan 22 at 7:25
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    Did you do any research, did not find anything and asking the question? or this is pure speculation, and you want some consolation? – Sourav Ghosh Jan 22 at 7:28
  • @SouravGhosh its a little bit of both. – petalsfalllikeleaves Jan 22 at 7:36
  • petalsfalllikeleaves - I understand, however, whatever I may say here, might not be very useful, as @nvoigt has already pointed out, this depends on location and also the requirement of the particular organizations working in related fields. Do you know anyone having this degree previous to you in the same area? Why don't you try to find out and talk to them - maybe they have a better understanding of the ground reality. – Sourav Ghosh Jan 22 at 7:39
  • Start going to (relevant) job fairs and ask possible future employees what they thik about your degree. Also a name does not say all. the courses you get are more important (and are they that different?) My degree has alteast once changed name since I did it and the education did not change that significantly. – user180146 Jan 22 at 7:45

tl;dr - there's a surplus of people who have computing degrees, but a shortage of people who are actually good at the job. Prove you are, or will be, in the latter group.

Your degree is not a passport to specific jobs, neither does it confine you to relevant ones and nor does having the "wrong" one exclude you from many jobs. Most employers understand that a new graduate is still a very raw individual and there will be a long process of learning how things work in the real world. I regularly interview software engineer candidates and I have never turned anyone away for not having Computer Science - indeed some of our best developers did other subjects like physics, chemistry and maths. What matters is your potential to learn our job and do it well.

What you need to do is:

  • decide what job you actually want
  • find as many potential employers as possible who fit this criterion and enquire about what they expect. Talk to employees about how they got there.
  • get involved with things outside your degree. Join coding meetups, contribute to OSS projects, do hobby projects, anything where you're actually doing what you want to be doing long-term.
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    Have a GitHub or something showcasing hobby projects helps set yourself apart as well. – Mast Jan 22 at 9:23
  • Anybody hiring only based on degree is a fool. most people will learn more in the first year of work than their whole studies. After a few years of experience in many countries your degree is not even relevant anymore... – Laurent S. Jan 22 at 12:58

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