Is ComSci right for you? 7 Questions to Ask Yourself

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Written on Monday, May 19, 2008 by Ennah, the comsci student

I have a lot of classmates who doesn't want to be in their course (computer science). It's whether they want to be a fashion designer, photographer and other careers that are not related to computer science. At the middle of the semester, they shift to other course. Others are struggling because their parents want computer science for them. Realizing this, I want to save others from picking the wrong career for them. If you want to be a computer science major, then you need to consider these 7 questions.

1. Are you interested in technology?
If you do not like technology and you do not like to be updated, then think twice in taking up any computer science related course.

2. Are you the person who likes to read?
Being a computer science student, you have to read a lot of books and technical stuffs. You also have to read articles about the latest news and buzz about the I.T. industry.

3. Are you fond of studying?
I.T. is constantly changing. What hot and cool today, may not be tomorrow. You have to be updated in the latest trend. You have to study new technology that you might not be able to study in school.

4. Is it ok for you to work in groups?
Usually projects are in groups because you cannot make a system with your expertise alone. You need other opinions as well. You have to learn to be able to communicate well with your group and be able to work it out. Others prefer to do things alone and don't communicate well, that's why many group projects fail. You have to develop team spirit.

5. Do you have a good foundation in Mathematics?
Prepare yourself in the world of Math. You'll be dealing with a lot of mathematical applications.

6. Do you have good logical skills?
You have to always think and be able to solve problems in this kind of course. You have to reason out and be able to give proper solution.

7. Do you communicate well?
The difference between a tolerable programmer and a great programmer is not how many programming languages they know, and it's not whether they prefer Python or Java. It's whether they can communicate their ideas. If you cannot communicate your ideas well, you will not get the chance to promote your concepts and works.

These seven questions will help you in deciding if computer science really works for you.

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7 Comments

  1. David Tamayo |

    Making a good decision is partly accomplished by making an educated one. You are helping people do this via this entry. I enjoyed my time on your site.

     
  2. FreEzEBoX |

    #6. is the common denominator here... and it is also a must.

     
  3. Rev. Fr. Jessie Somosierra,Jr. |

    You are right, there are number of students who do not really know what course they are taking and if they qualified for it. Great, you are helping a lot of people by posting this 7 questions.

     
  4. Jennifer |

    My son just graduated with a B.S.in Computer Science. We always knew that would be his major. He loved computers since he was little and was very good in math. He never wanted to do anything else. I think a love for computers is essential.

    I'm glad I found this blog on the blogcatalog discussion.

     
  5. Ann |

    1. Are you interested in technology?
    >Yes
    2. Are you the person who likes to read?
    >Yes
    3. Are you fond of studying?
    >No, not really.
    4. Is it ok for you to work in groups?
    >I work better alone, but advice is good, just do not tell me how to go about things. :)
    5. Do you have a good foundation in Mathematics?
    >Yes.
    6. Do you have good logical skills?
    >Erhm... I think so. :D
    7. Do you communicate well?
    >I dont know.. perhaps...maybe... depends. :)
    ===
    Great arguments. :) Although there are some exceptions, of course. And you will be able to save some souls out there who think CS or IT is the easy way out. I've known a lot from my experience. Good Luck!

     
  6. Mark Christopher Lim |

    Great entry! The 7 questions here helped me reaffirm that Computer Science is just right for me. You'd think that it would be a sure thing after 3 years...

    Enjoyed your post, I'll be redirecting others to the entry.

     
  7. ennah d student |

    Thanks Mark for redirecting others at this link. I hope I'll help others to choose wisely their career path.

     

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