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Special Considerations for Graduate Students

The main NCA computer science, information and internet technology industry page provides a helpful introduction to careers in these fields for all students, so make sure to read that, too. Here are some additional considerations for graduate students considering a career in computer science, information and internet technology.

Gain Skills

In many cases, employers will value skills and experience over credentials. Stay abreast of hiring trends by reading job descriptions and noting required skills. If you don’t yet know the coding languages that are most in demand, for example, consider taking a class or developing a plan to teach yourself. Many graduate students seek additional training by taking free online courses through platforms such as Coursera or EdX.

Get Connected

Join LinkedIn groups to learn more about the field and to connect with insiders. For example, there are many groups focused on user experience, where you can participate in discussions about trends in the field. Also, talk to alumni working at organizations or in roles that seem interesting to you. You can find them via and through the Northwestern University Alumni group on LinkedIn. 

 Career Paths of Interest to Graduate Students
  • User Experience Design
  • Data Science
  • E-Learning and Instructional Design