computer science

A computer science degree alone doesn’t equate to strong skills

A new survey outlines the skills computer science graduates have, and how recruiters should search for them

A computer science degree isn’t always an indicator of strong programming skills, according to a new survey of more than 10,000 computer science students.

In the U.S. alone, there are nearly 571,000 open computing jobs with less than 50,000 computer science graduates entering the workforce–that’s roughly 11 job postings for every computer science major.

As businesses across all industries transform into tech companies, competition for software engineers is increasingly competitive. If companies want to beat the odds in a candidate’s market, it is critical for recruiters to understand the specific skills of the students they’re trying to hire, as well as the factors they evaluate when choosing a job.

New data from technical hiring platform HackerRank reveals the technical skills, learning preferences, and career motivators of collegiate software engineers.

The findings offer a playbook for corporate recruiters and hiring managers looking to improve how they identify, attract, and retain the upcoming generation of skilled developers.

Laura Ascione