Geek-speak graduates leave firms at risk of being hacked

The Times is reporting claims that computer science graduates have the poorest employment rates of university leavers because they struggle to communicate without using geeky language, and learn little about cyber-security during their degrees…

He is backed by senior industry figures, including those from banking and the NHS, who have attacked the poor quality of computer science degrees which they say give graduates little advantage over other university leavers in finding IT work.

They are the least likely to be employed according to figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), which compared the employment prospects of graduates six months after leaving university in 2013.

Thirteen per cent of computer science graduates were out of work, compared with 8.7 per cent of creative arts and design graduates, 8.6 per cent of maths graduates and 7.4 per cent of those who took degrees in languages.

Dr Adrian Davis, a managing director at the International Information Systems Certification Consortium, a not-for-profit association that represents professionals, said graduates knew too little about cyber-attacks on business systems.

He said: “Industry is getting all these graduates that companies don’t want. They leave university with a great understanding of how computers work but that doesn’t necessarily matter much with the real world.”

Too few had the softer skills that allowed them to communicate, unlike other more articulate graduates who could put problems into a business context, which made them appear more credible in front of executives, Dr Davis said.

He said: “The industry needs graduates equipped with knowledge of the threats and skills to overcome them. More than half of respondents in our recent workforce study said their organisations had too few people with the necessary cyber skills…

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From the comments in this report, in seems there is a fundamental mis-match between the requirements of employers and the content of computer science degrees. Is that just because the universities can’t keep pace with changes in technology or are they going about things in the wrong way? Please give us your insights in the comments or via Twitter…


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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove But weren’t all these top Computer Science graduates supposed to teaching the new Computer Science curriculum? Lots of jobs

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Curriculum changes regarding emphasis on Computer Science looking a bit silly now. Maybe these non-communicators could teach

  3. JoNoGo

    SchoolsImprove It’s not the move of programming ‘off-shore’ by the Banks and NHS to save money that’s cut jobs available in the UK then?

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