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Is the ICT degree worth doing?

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Found 9th May 2013
I have applied for a Computing degree and ICT degree. My preference is doing the ICT degree but my main concern is whether I will get any good jobs from the doing the ICT degree. I have done research but I am getting mixed answers. Is there anyone here with an ICT degree? Any Advice?
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Back in summer 2008 I completed my IT degree and got 2.2. In sept recession hit and it was impossible to get a IT job even though I put 2.1 on my cv. Lots of IT job cuts in all types of industry.

I had interviews nearly every week and kept getting turning down due to lack of commercial experience.

My advise will be identify your strength in the various units you will be studying and try do a professional qualification within this area once you have finished your degree.

currently doing one (going into final year), I am doing mine with the Open University (BSc Hons Computing and IT) and its very good. I work in IT (full time) at the moment but was always lacking the Degree, I have many Microsoft and Cisco certifications but a lot of employers are looking for a Degree as well as the specialist certificates.

I would say it is worth doing and if you have any IT experience it will be easier however if you are fresh out of college the learning curve may be a steep one. I took the software development path in my degree but you can do other path ways, e.g. Networking, etc.

The one thing I believe is a degree may not get you the job but it goes a long way to getting an interview!
I passed 2 year ago from an average uni only got a 2:2, but got a job 2 months after finishing uni, went to about 3 interviews.
My son is doing a computing degree with a year in industry. He starts his placement in a few weeks, and is hoping that having some work experience to put on his cv will help him get a job at the end of the course.
mds1256

currently doing one (going into final year), I am doing mine with the … currently doing one (going into final year), I am doing mine with the Open University (BSc Hons Computing and IT) and its very good. I work in IT (full time) at the moment but was always lacking the Degree, I have many Microsoft and Cisco certifications but a lot of employers are looking for a Degree as well as the specialist certificates.I would say it is worth doing and if you have any IT experience it will be easier however if you are fresh out of college the learning curve may be a steep one. I took the software development path in my degree but you can do other path ways, e.g. Networking, etc.The one thing I believe is a degree may not get you the job but it goes a long way to getting an interview!



I've looked at Open University very briefly before. What software is needed to do the course? The ICT course has more software packages and the computing has more programming but both are very similar. Would you have online lessons?
Try and get employment and do a Higher Apprenticeship instead. It will include a foundation degree or an HND and will cost a lot less than a degree.
bikemna17

Back in summer 2008 I completed my IT degree and got 2.2. In sept … Back in summer 2008 I completed my IT degree and got 2.2. In sept recession hit and it was impossible to get a IT job even though I put 2.1 on my cv. Lots of IT job cuts in all types of industry. I had interviews nearly every week and kept getting turning down due to lack of commercial experience. My advise will be identify your strength in the various units you will be studying and try do a professional qualification within this area once you have finished your degree.



What do you mean by professional qualification after the degree? Can you give examples please?
Hi,
I've started on an OU Degree course -Computing and IT
The first 60 point module i picked was the My Digital Life course. You get all the manuals, sense board and DVD's through the post. You then sign up to the OU forums plus you get a tutor forum for your course. The course itself is a lot of reading up on new technologies- ubiquitous computing, cloud computing, etc plus much much more- i think it's actually overkill how much they've crammed in. There's a lot of maths and sense programming (scratch language) with online group lessons and tutor days at the uni they are located at.
It's a good course but make sure you have plenty of time to study!


Ayanna1601

What do you mean by professional qualification after the degree? Can you … What do you mean by professional qualification after the degree? Can you give examples please?



professional qualification such as Microsoft qualification or equivalent. However if you can get a job straight after that's great. Some courses offer one year placement before the final year which is a great advantage. Depending on your strength sometime a masters is an option to consider.

I did eventually get employed after 6 month working in web designing and yes I was honest and stated I did get a 2.2 in my degree.
check to see whether on your course you can do 1 year placement professional overseas or uk that will contribute towards experience and cv help when you graduate too.

if not alongside degree try finding experience 1-2days a week in an environment where you consider yourself working
Ayanna1601

I've looked at Open University very briefly before. What software is … I've looked at Open University very briefly before. What software is needed to do the course? The ICT course has more software packages and the computing has more programming but both are very similar. Would you have online lessons?



All software is given by the OU (for word processing you can either use MS Office or a free version such as Open Office).

No online lessons and materials are posted in the form of books so you learn from books.
bikemna17

professional qualification such as Microsoft qualification or equivalent. … professional qualification such as Microsoft qualification or equivalent. However if you can get a job straight after that's great. Some courses offer one year placement before the final year which is a great advantage. Depending on your strength sometime a masters is an option to consider. I did eventually get employed after 6 month working in web designing and yes I was honest and stated I did get a 2.2 in my degree.



Thank you!


mds1256

All software is given by the OU (for word processing you can either use … All software is given by the OU (for word processing you can either use MS Office or a free version such as Open Office).No online lessons and materials are posted in the form of books so you learn from books.



How many hours a week do they expect you to study? Is it part time or full time?
16 hours minimum a week i think is quoted for the one i'm doing.
You can study the books or read most of it online, though i wonder if each course will be different in this regard?
You have eluminate online group lessons for the sense parts and a tutor group forum (which seems to have died a death after just 3 months)
Ayanna1601

How many hours a week do they expect you to study? Is it part time or … How many hours a week do they expect you to study? Is it part time or full time?



Part time as I work at the same time. It is between 10-16 hours per week depending on the module.
Personally, I would say go ahead with the degree. ICT or even Computing. Getting a good job after graduation shouldn't be your main concern (graduating with a good grade should be). ICT/Computing is a very wide industry and just because your degree is that, it does not mean that you have to stick to that industry.

A degree is always beneficial and I know a lot of people who say the degree you do sometimes is not even important as you apply hardly anything of what you learnt (you're always trained etc at your job). You can message me if you want to know anything else.
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