ERIC Number: ED410921
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
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Are Computer Science Students Ready for the Real World.
The typical undergraduate program in computer science includes an introduction to hardware and operating systems, file processing and database organization, data communication and networking, and programming. However, many graduates may lack the ability to integrate the concepts "learned" into a skill set and pattern of approaching problems that would enable then to fit easily into a business organization and to succeed in such an environment. This paper describes the nontechnical and non-theoretical skills necessary to survive and advance in the workplace, and suggests activities to develop those skills. General skills required in the workplace include the ability to: manage time and set priorities; work effectively as part of a team; generalize learning to various situations; manage stress; communicate effectively; and support ideas and problem solutions. "Computer" skills required in the workplace include: logical thinking; ability to eliminate program errors; reuse software; adjust to constantly changing project specifications; and develop good design skills. To succeed in the field, students must learn how to effectively apply knowledge they learn to the real world. They must also be able to communicate ideas effectively, work with a variety of people, and expand their knowledge and skills as the field changes. (SWC)
Descriptors: College Students, Communication Skills, Computer Science, Employment Opportunities, Higher Education, Job Skills, Problem Solving, Professional Education, Professional Occupations, Stress Management, Teamwork, Technology, Thinking Skills, Time Management, Undergraduate Study, Workplace Literacy
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: In: Association of Small Computer Users in Education (ASCUE) Summer Conference Proceedings (30th, North Myrtle Beach, SC, June 7-12, 1997); see IR 018 473.