Although there is an increasing need for computer science graduates, nearly one out of two college graduates under the age of 25 are jobless or unemployed.
Terri Fiez, head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, saw this as an opportunity to make a difference. In collaboration with faculty, industry representatives, and Oregon State’s Ecampus this program was designed to retrain professionals from a variety of backgrounds for the rapidly growing computing job market.
Use your resources
This program was designed for you, and we want you to succeed. There are several sources of support for you including the program advisor, Padma Akkaraju, the instructors, and your peers.
The class resources page is a centralized location for general course and class specific resources such as the honor code, program references, and tools you will need for collaborating online.
Networking will be a crucial part of your success. To help you build interviewing skills the program hosts two career showcase events per year. Visit the career showcase page to learn more about the event.
Own your unique background
Many industry representatives have told us they highly value your past degrees and work experiences outside of computing. Recruiters are looking to hire well-rounded individuals who have skills beyond programming.
At the first career showcase, Skip Newberry, president of the Technology Association of Oregon, told students in the online degree program, “The more hats you can potentially wear, the more valued you are.”
Kevin Williams, senior director of support at Jive Software said, “There are quite a few more opportunities open to you because of your previous work experience. We’d love to have someone with a background in legal work to do contract reviews, or someone with experience working with customer accounts work as a technical account manager. Definitely take advantage of your existing experience.”