Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Computer Sc as a Career

What’s it about
Computer science is the study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation, and of practical techniques for their application in computer systems. The study programme for computer engineering — the discipline is also called electronic and computer engineering or computer systems engineering — combines both electrical engineering and computer science. It involves studying the design of digital hardware and software systems. Prof. Sandeep Sen from IIT Delhi says that the BTech programme in computer science and the MCA programme, to an extent, stress on problem-solving paradigms rather than the use of specific software like Excel and PowerPoint. The emphasis is on comprehending the principles behind creating such complex software

Clock work
A computer engineer often carries work home, but a typical day goes something like this.
10 am: Reach office, ask team about the status of projects, weekly/biweekly project meeting with the team, work on project proposals, conference call with client from India or abroad
2.30 pm: Lunch
2.45 pm: Back to work, more of the same thing, talk in or participate in the weekly ‘masti ki paathshala’ — internal lectures series on topics of professional interest
8 pm: Back home

The payoff
The average salary for fresh CS engineers from good institutes is about Rs 4.5 lakh-Rs 6 lakh a year. Candidates typically start as trainees or development engineers, and then move to be design engineer, senior design engineer, (sometimes s/he might become architect and chief architect), project leader, (s/he might become business unit head) and then CTO, when the pay can range from Rs 20 lakh-Rs 30 lakh a year

A scientific temperament
Logical and reasoning skills
Abstract thinking
Good mathematical skills
Ability to work hard and sit at a computer for long hours

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