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Career Challenges of a Computer Science Engineer

Computer science engineering is one of the best career paths right now, whether that’s in India or anywhere in the world. When renowned Silicon Valley investor Marc Andreessen said, “Software is eating the world” in 2011, he accurately predicted how companies and industries all over the world are being transformed by technology. Whether it’s a young healthcare start-up in India or a Fortune 500 company in New York, technology is fundamentally changing how business is done. Which means this is a great time to be a computer science engineer. Jobs are not only plenty, but they’re also inspiring and challenging, and with high potential for growth.

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Having said that, like every other career, computer science engineering also comes with its own set of challenges. Here are the 3 biggest challenges that you will probably have to face at some point when you embark on a career as a computer engineer.

Education is not the same as employability

According to a survey of over 150000 Indian engineers, although as many as 97% wanted to be employed in software or core engineering, only 3% had the programming skills needed to be employed in the software industry. Unfortunately, few Computer Engineering colleges in India don’t equip students with the skills needed to find gainful employment. This is especially true in an area like computer engineering which evolved rapidly every day.

However, this doesn’t mean you should avoid this field altogether. There are two upsides here. The first is that there are a few Computer Science Engineering colleges in India that have both an updated curriculum as well as practical training opportunities that help you become employable. Secondly, even if you’re at a college where the curriculum and teaching methodology leaves a lot to be desired, then you can always become a self-taught programmer. There are so many good online resources today that you can learn skills and become employable without depending too much on your college.

You stagnate if you stop learning

Computer programming is constantly evolving. Every day there is a new library that comes up, a new language that’s gaining popularity, or a new framework that has become indispensable. If you’re not willing to devote extra time, outside of regular working hours, to constantly upgrade your skills, you’ll find yourself stagnating. For instance, you may be the best Android developer, but you might find yourself doing the same repetitive tasks every day. If you want to move to bigger challenges and a fatter paycheck, you may have to learn Python, JavaScript or some other popular backend language.

You can’t lead teams if you don’t understand business

This is something a lot of computer engineers end up facing a few years in their career. You may be the best programmer, but if you want to go on to eventually lead an engineering team, design data architecture, or even become a CTO, you need to understand the business side of things. If you don’t understand your customers, their pain points, or how to build a monetization plan, you won’t be trusted to lead teams and build products from scratch. So, while building perfect code is great, it’s just as important to start developing an understanding of how the business works and why every line of code has to be optimized for the best user experience.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, it’s a great time to be a computer engineer. Given the fast-moving, ever-expanding nature of technology, it’s an incredibly rewarding career to embark on. But also, one that helps in rewarding also brings unique challenges. If you’re aware of these challenges and are ready with a game plan, the sky is the limit.

Sources: 

http://www.aspiringminds.com/sites/default/files/National%20Employability%20Report%20-%20Engineers%20Annual%20Report%202016.pdf

 

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