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MSc Computer Science (conversion)

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Rubbermaid Tue 14-Nov-17 20:18:17

I’ve worked in the NHS for ten years but there is no possibility of progression for me unless I gain some additional qualifications.

I’m interested in computer programming and have enrolled on an online web development course that seems very good and should take me about a year to complete, at which point I’d then start the MSc.

Does this sound like a good idea to those of you who know about this stuff? On the course info they say their students go on to be software/web developers, IT consultants, systems analysts, operations researchers to name a few. Does this mean they are ready to go into these careers straight from the course or would they need to undertake further specific training?

I really want to learn new skills (and believe I’m capable of doing so) and go on to a completely new career in IT - does this seem like a good way to do it?

And finally, I’m a single parent and my child will be three when I finish the MSc. I would prefer to work part-time until she starts school a year later - is this a realistic possibility or are most jobs in this field (especially for someone junior) full-time?

Would be really grateful for any advice, thank you

nooka Tue 14-Nov-17 20:47:33

My dh did a conversion masters in IT (original degree in history) and got work in the field immediately after without issue. He has worked part time and taken career breaks too, but not immediately on graduating. It depends on the state of the job market really, and what specialisms the course teaches (dh was lucky to be taught Java just before it become popular as so had a shortage skill). He went to an ex-poly with very good industry connections. I'd ask the institution that run the course what their graduates do, and about employment rates after a year (it's not totally clear in your post if you are taking about the MSc or the shorter course you are doing now). I'd also check about overlap between the short course and the masters, conversion courses are usually for graduates from different disciplines and may not need any previous study if the area.

Rubbermaid Tue 14-Nov-17 21:21:48

Hi, thanks for your response. Sorry for not being clear - I meant that people who do the masters go onto those various careers.

That’s good advice and I will ask them that, specifically.

It’s encouraging to know your DH went from being a history graduate straight into field following his masters!

Yes it’s definitely not necessary for me to do a course first, I just thought it might be good for my brain if nothing else!

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