Computer Science Career Awesomeness

Considering a career in Computer Science? That's awesome, because with Computer Science (CS) you can literally build anything from nothing. But what does it mean to be in the CS industry? Between web, mobile, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and whatever else you can think of, there are a lot of options out there. Is it all just coding, or is it more than that? In this presentation, we'll talk about Computer Science as an career option, review how you can get started and what skills you can leverage, besides coding. For more info, or slides specific to your event check out https://davidwesst.com/talks.

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Computer Science Career Awesomeness

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Considering a career in Computer Science? That's awesome, because with Computer Science (CS) you can literally build anything from nothing. But what does it mean to be in the CS industry? Between web, mobile, gaming, augmented and virtual reality, the Internet of Things, and whatever else you can think of, there are a lot of options out there. Is it all just coding, or is it more than that? In this presentation, we'll talk about Computer Science as an career option, review how you can get started and what skills you can leverage, besides coding. For more info, or slides specific to your event check out https://davidwesst.com/talks.
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  1. Computer Science Career Awesomeness

    Slide 1 - Computer Science Career Awesomeness

    • May 2015
    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
  2. Computer Science Career Awesomeness

    Slide 2 - Computer Science Career Awesomeness

    • Grant Park High School – May 2015
    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
  3. What Are Your Goals for Today?

    Slide 3 - What Are Your Goals for Today?

    • Questions from Audience
    • <add them here>
    • Expectations?
  4. My Goal for Today

    Slide 4 - My Goal for Today

    • Facilitate a conversation about a career in Computer Science
    • Clarify questions about post-secondary education (University VS College VS Other)
    • Discuss the (IMHO) Critical Components to a career in CS
  5. My Goal for Today

    Slide 5 - My Goal for Today

    • Facilitate a conversation about a career in Computer Science
    • Discuss the Critical Components to a career in CS
  6. Who am I?

    Slide 6 - Who am I?

    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
    • A Microsoft.NET UI Developer
    • …turned HTML5/JavaScript Dev Enthusiast
    • …that became an full-time Analyst
    • …who is currently paid to code in Java
  7. Who am I?

    Slide 7 - Who am I?

    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
    • I got into Computer Science:
    • ….by accident
    • ….but managed to get my bachelor of CS with Honours and co-op option from University of Manitoba
  8. Who am I?

    Slide 8 - Who am I?

    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
    • I have been:
    • Coder
    • Analyst (Software, Business, UX, IT)
    • Designer
    • Teacher / Trainer
    • Public Speaker
    • Team Lead
    • Startup Investor and Owner
    • Interviewer
    • Event Organizer
  9. Who am I?

    Slide 9 - Who am I?

    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
    • I am also:
    • Microsoft MVP
    • IE User Agent
    • Conference Speaker
    • Board Member of the Winnipeg .NET User Group
  10. Who am I?

    Slide 10 - Who am I?

    • David Wesst (@davidwesst)
    • I am currently learning about:
    • Game Development
    • Cloud Application Architecture
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
  11. Why the long winded introduction?

    Slide 11 - Why the long winded introduction?

    • (I’m an example of a CS career path)
  12. Looking at CS Today

    Slide 12 - Looking at CS Today

  13. Cool Time for CS

    Slide 13 - Cool Time for CS

    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • Web as a Platform
    • Augmented & Virtual Reality
    • Mobile
    • Maker Movement
    • Open Source
    • Low/No Cost of Entry
    • Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
  14. Everything has CS

    Slide 14 - Everything has CS

    • Computer Science
    • Entertainment
    • Healthcare
    • Finance
    • Automotive
    • Engineering
    • …Everything Else
  15. Skills

    Slide 15 - Skills

    • What Do You Need and What Can you Do now?
  16. What Skills Are Goodfor a CS Career?

    Slide 16 - What Skills Are Goodfor a CS Career?

    • Life Long Learner
    • Ambition and Passion
    • Communication
    • Organization
    • Analytical Thinking
  17. What can you do in CS?

    Slide 17 - What can you do in CS?

    • What do you think?
  18. What can you do in CS?

    Slide 18 - What can you do in CS?

    • Code
    • UI/UX Design
    • Architecture
    • Training / Teaching
    • Business Analysis
    • Documentation
    • Application Lifecycle Management
    • Integration
    • Leadership
    • Deployment
    • Security
    • Infrastructure / Networking
    • Cloud
    • Content Management
    • Project Management
    • Language / Compilers
  19. What Can You Do Now?

    Slide 19 - What Can You Do Now?

    • Education
    • Network
    • Build Cool Stuff / Share and Innovate on it
    • A.k.a. Experience
    • Find Your Passion
    • What do you actually like? Tech or otherwise…
  20. What Can You Do Now?

    Slide 20 - What Can You Do Now?

    • Education
    • College OR University Program
    • Depends on your goals
    • College – Practical and Applied Skills
    • University – Academic with some Applied Skills
    • Diploma Programs – Tool Specific Applied Skills
    • Get REAL Experience
    • Co-op Programs (coop.cs.umanitoba.ca)
    • Competitions (ludum dare, Imagine Cup)
    • Open Source Projects (Anything on Github)
  21. What Can You Do Now?

    Slide 21 - What Can You Do Now?

    • Network
    • Social Media
    • Social Coding
    • Live / Online Events
    • Mentor Programs
    • Know Your Digital Footprint
    • LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, GitHub, etc…
    • Don’t be/feed the Troll(s)
    • Open to New Ideas and Technologies
  22. The Point…

    Slide 22 - The Point…

    • Where were you Going with All of this?
  23. Quick Summary

    Slide 23 - Quick Summary

    • What is important in a Career in CS
    • Soft and Technical Skills
    • Wide variety of tasks OTHER than coding
    • Key things to work on now:
    • Education
    • Networking
    • Build, Share, and Innovate (i.e. Experience)
    • Find Your Passion
  24. Call to Action

    Slide 24 - Call to Action

    • Build Cool Stuff
    • Explore the Tech/CS Angle of Your Passion
    • Network Online or Otherwise
    • Social Coding
    • Free Events
    • Check Out an Educational Program or Two
  25. Resources

    Slide 25 - Resources

    • MVP Mentor Program
    • http://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/MVP-mentor.aspx
    • imagine.microsoft.com
    • developers.google.com
    • coop.cs.umanitoba.ca
    • Education.github.com
    • Challenges
    • http://ludumdare.com
    • https://www.imaginecup.com/
  26. Who am I?

    Slide 26 - Who am I?

    • Me = David Wesst
    • Twitter  @davidwesst
    • YouTube  davidwesst
    • GitHub  davidwesst
    • Blog  https://www.davidwesst.com
    • Presentation (https://davidwesst.com/talks)
  27. Thank You!

    Slide 27 - Thank You!

    • https://www.davidwesst.com
  28. Local Resources

    Slide 28 - Local Resources

    • Computer Information Systems and Technology – RRC
    • UManitoba Co-op Program
    • Coop.cs.umanitoba.ca
    • Cs.umanitoba.ca
    • UWinnipeg Applied Computer Science
    • http://www.acs.uwinnipeg.ca/