Computer Science Students should go beyond Technical Expertise

Posted on March 23, 2016

A query on what makes a computer science student more successful in career was put up for discussion in many forums and channels of developers, entrepreneurs and tech savvy’s. Surprisingly hundreds of opinion popped up from many quarters ranging from highly technical to a click of a checkbox. Most of the relevant perspectives in this topic have shown a convergence to some of the most realistic and significant facts relating to our contemporary curriculum and the proficiency level of scholars.

In an analytical perspective, there is wide range of opinions centered round the fact that most of the students who is magnificent in algorithms, data structures and design codes may not be fruitful in making a project to fruition. Though the technical ability will not be in a short supply to meet the requirement most of them are ill-equipped with most wanted fundamental skills essential for professional coding. Hence, Despite of full involvement of budding professionals in technology stack to get wonderful codes, for adoption of full stack development it becomes mandatory for a programmer that they master a wide range of skills beyond Java Script or Ruby.

One of the challenging situation faced by a software developer new to the industry would be problem fixing. During the academic curriculum in colleges or universities, the mastery of their coding will be centered round a Nish area of a single lesson or skill. The real environment will be fuzzier, complex and often frustrating. Here one is expected to fix bug not in their own codes, as a part of the clean projects one have to identify the existing body of codes, forensically identify the issues and fix bug, validate the change and integrate it in deployment stage.

Besides the mounting pressure of problem solving in the real time work frame a programmer will have to confront with a number of deadlines from the management and client side. Emotions will be in short supply when there arise an additional compulsion from the management to drop everything for a short time frame and to switch to a new task of bug fixing in the live system which was built many years back with a back version of technology. Hence stabilizing the work flow with priority, availability and emotional stability is essential to hit the situation hard and right.

Perhaps one of the most desirable competence expected of a programmer would be the ability to work in a team where multiple contributor work together to contribute to the integrated version of the final product. Hence collaboration and communication with the peers with dialogue and skill integration is a mandatory competence for success. Definitely the curriculum delivered in most of the universities and colleges append a small slice of the curriculum to acquaint with the live scenario by the way of project which may not be adequate to unleash the professional coding competence of a scholar.

Obviously there is no short cut to scale real-world experience. The traditional curriculum have to be revamped to make the scholars ready for the world of work by looking beyond technical competence to more soft skill, problem solving ability, project management skills, ability of communication, collaboration and to be an active team player.

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