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Careers in Computing and IT

Skills development

As well as the specific subject knowledge gained from studying an OU degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers and which will increase your employability.

Computing and IT students develop a range of employability skills including the ability to:

  • draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • be effective communicators, capable of working in a team
  • understand the principles, concepts and techniques associated with the technology of computers and digital communication systems
  • design, program, test and evaluate software systems
  • manage time and take on responsibility for your own development

Career opportunities

The range of organisations employing graduates from Computing and IT is extensive. Opportunities for careers in IT exist across retail, financial services, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport and the public sector. Increasingly too, IT specialists are being asked to design and upgrade virtual learning systems throughout the education, cultural and training fields.

A qualification in Computing and IT can lead to opportunities in areas such as:

  • Applications Programming
  • Information Systems Management
  • Database Administration
  • Information Technology Consultancy
  • Multimedia Programming
  • Software Engineering

Your employers

Rigorous academic standards ensure that OU qualifications are recognised and valued by professional organisations and employers. However, we advise you to research your career choices thoroughly and as early as possible, particularly in relation to experience requirements, differences that relate to where you live, or where choice of courses may affect future opportunities. More information about international recognition of OU qualifications.

Interactive career planning resources are publically available on the OU careers web site to help you consider your options before, during and after your studies. Although much of our online occupational information is UK focused, a range of international online resources is also available to assist you with careers research and planning.

As a registered OU student you will be eligible for our full careers service including personal careers advice and guidance and access to our online vacancy service, Job Zone. We also have an Employer Showcase, where you can find out about some of the UK employers who are keen to recruit OU graduates. These include:

  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Tesco
  • Unilever
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Be proud of being an OU graduate. The time management, self-drive and prioritisation it takes to manage your own learning is an outstanding achievement.

The Graduate Recruitment Manager, Co-operative Group