Computing & Computer Electronics - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Computing & Computer Electronics.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Knowledge of the design and use of computer programming languages
  • Ability to adapt to constant change and integrate new ideas into existing systems
  • Aptitude for abstract reasoning, observation and focused concentration
  • Knowledge of computer programming and applied computer analysis
  • The ability to plan and organize technical information
  • Knowledge of computer functions and the ability to write specifications for users
  • Skills in quantitative analysis, defining and solving problems
  • Able to efficiently manage and navigate a constant flow of changing information
  • The ability to function as a technical advisor and interpret technical information clearly

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Account Executive
Administrator
Advertising Executive
Advertising Planner/Buyer
Announcer/Broadcaster/Host
Business Consultant
Buyer/Merchandiser
Campaign/Election Officer
Claims Adjuster/Underwriter
Columnist/Reporter
Community Relations
Community Worker
Corporate Communications
Corporate Trainer
Cruise Director
Editor/Copywriter/Publisher
Event Planner
Flight Attendant
Fundraiser
Database Administrator
Desktop Publisher
Developer/Educator
Documentation Specialist
Field Service Representative
Firmware Developer
Graphic Designer
Hardware Engineer
Information Broker
Information Researcher
Information Systems Manager
Inventory Control Manager
Management Consultant
Marketing Representative
Network Administrator/Support
Online Curriculum
Operations Manager
Quality Assurance Specialist
Robotics Programmer
Sales Engineer
Satellite Communications
Security Systems Programmer
Software Engineer
Special Effects Director
Statistician
Systems Developer
Systems Engineer
Technical Buyer/Merchandiser
Technical Librarian
Technical Support
Representative
Technical Writer
Telecommunications Manager
Trade Show Co-ordinator
Video Game Developer
Web Administrator
Web Designer

Potential Employers

Educational Institutions
Engineering Firms
Finance/Banking
Government
Hospitals/Health Care
Insurance Companies
Libraries
Manufacturing
Media Organizations
Medical Organizations
Records Management
Organizations
Research Organizations
Telecommunications
Organizations
Utilities Corporations

Websites

Canadian Society of Technical Analysts - csta.org
Society for Technical Communication - stc.org
Communitech - communitech.ca
IT in Canada - www.canadait.com
Computer Work.com - computerwork.com
Women in Communications and Technology - wet-fet.com
Tech Corner - www.yorktech.ca
Association of Professional Canadian Consultants - www.apcconline.com


Are you interested in learning first hand about the careers our alumni have successfully pursued? Connect with Laurier alumni through the Alumni Sharing Knowledge (ASK) program. Participating alumni represent a variety of disciplines, careers and industries.

In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.
 


This resource is available at the Career Resource Centre.

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