School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering

Career prospects

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Your future starts here

Studying a degree within our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering provides you with the technical and transferable skills you need to succeed in your career after graduation.

Computing and electronics are major industries both in the UK and around the globe, and demand for graduates in these disciplines is outstripping supply.

The sector also offers one of the highest starting salaries for graduates with degrees in computer science and electronic engineering.

What can I do with a computer science degree?

Most businesses rely on computers to function, which gives computer science graduates the opportunity to work across a wide range of industries.

Common employers are IT consultancies and service providers, but the evolving nature of this industry is creating roles in highly specialised areas. SME’s (small-to-medium sized enterprises) often have a range of computing opportunities, and most major organisations have integral IT departments. 

Example careers include:

  • Software Engineer
  • App and website developer/designer
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Data analyst
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Games designer and developers
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Machine learning engineer
  • SEO specialist
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer
  • Mobile app developer
  • Virtual and augmented reality specialist
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Robotic systems engineer
  • Software architect
  • Computational finance consultant

What can I do with an electronic engineering and communications degree?

Electronic engineering and communications graduates have a highly proficient set of skills, which employers seek across various industries.

Careers range from design and development, engineering within a variety industries, and also marketing, management, consultancy and analyst roles. There are opportunities to work in a range of sectors, including automotive, aerospace, IT and telecommunications.

Example careers include:

  • Acoustics consultant
  • Aerospace engineer
  • Broadcast engineer
  • CAD technician
  • Control and instrumentation engineer
  • Design engineer
  • Electronics engineer
  • IT consultant
  • Network engineer
  • Nuclear engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • Embedded systems engineer
  • Robotics/Mechatronics engineer

What are my opportunities?

Our School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering has a large pool of external contacts; ranging from companies providing robots for the media industry, through vehicle diagnostics, to the transforming of unstructured data. These companies work with us and our students to provide advice, placements and eventually graduate opportunities.

Our Employability and Careers Centre is on hand to help you find placements and internships. It provides an on-campus job shop, one-to-one careers advice, hosts workshops on employability skills, and offers support if you want to start your own business.

You can also sign up for the Big Essex Award, which helps you develop a whole range of marketing, fundraising, networking and project management skills. The award identifies the skills you’ve developed over the period of your degree studies and records your achievements on your degree transcript.

At Essex we run a unique internal internship scheme. Frontrunners offers our students the opportunity to work within a University department or team. As well as giving you the chance to earn alongside your studies, a Frontrunner internship will develop your professional skills and prepare you for the world of work.

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (UROP) is ideal for students who want to explore life in academia. It offers you the chance to assist our academics on a current research project. As well as developing your research skills these research placements are fully paid.

Our Students’ Union also offers you the opportunity to develop your CV as a volunteer with a wide variety of organisations. Our students have recently volunteered at Colchester Zoo and local healthcare settings, as well as schools, festivals and foodbanks.

Our graduates

The journeys they’ve taken, the opportunities they’ve experienced, the contacts they’ve made, and the variety of careers paths that have been embarked upon. Our graduates have shared their stories with us, and now we get to share them with you.

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Career support for life

You don’t need to have your future all planned out. Our Employability and Careers Centre offers friendly, professional support and one-to-one advice to students and graduates.

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