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Computer Science jobs for University Students

Software jobs posted to U Waterloo

Software jobs posted to U Waterloo

I’m often asked about available jobs for Computer Science students. More so in light of the recent economic downturn. An interesting point to reflect against is a benchmark from 2007 when “950 Computer Science related jobs” were advertised to the University of Waterloo students. This Fall’s 782 seems lower than pre-economic-meltdown numbers, but a lot of large corporations now group multiple positions into single postings. RIM alone has 100+ student positions advertised over just 3 posts. So it’s difficult to compare those numbers accurately.

Other technology power-corporations (Google, Microsoft, Amazon) continue employing students as well.

A new trend I’m observing, since 2 years ago, is that there is a substantial increase of job postings from much smaller start-up companies, as well as not-so-small ex-startups (Facebook in particular had a few different positions advertised).

Economic hardship breeds innovation. It puts large corporations into a compromised position, and that opens up an opportunity for small, agile, smart, inexpensive, but super-productive startups to come into play and compete with established corporations. Unconvinced? Today Startuply is listing “1375 jobs from 1293 startups”, and I’ve noticed some of them cross-listed on Waterloo’s job website, specifically looking for students. Quality software always needs to be build, and Computer Science students who do their craft well are “pretty much guaranteed an interesting job, that actually does something useful to society”.

Alternatively, there is always grad school.

Unemployment rate vs. Grad School enrollment

Which I might or might not be considering. Hint: I am. Though with so much opportunity for interesting work, it will be a difficult decision to make.

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Discussion

  1. Posted by Luke G | September 30, 2009, 5:13 pm

    Hi Tony – thanks for sharing the news about Startuply! We’re passionate about connecting great companies with exceptional talent, and I appreciate the shout out. We’ve got some big improvements coming; please stay tuned.

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    Tony replied on: September 30th, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    Looking forward to it! I’ve been idling on Startuply for a while; sometimes it’s simply interesting to see what’s going on in the startup field. I’m really glad to see that a couple of Canadian postings have made it in; so I wanted to share a resource that I like. Keep up the good work!

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  2. Posted by Alex C. | October 2, 2009, 8:16 pm

    Finishing this year, I’m a bit concerned about whether I’ll be able to find a satisfactory job in this industry.

    It’s nice to see different opinions on this subject.

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    Tony replied on: October 3rd, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    You have a pretty sweet design site. I can tell you that finding someone with a good sense of design and who can also write code is rare. I suppose it’s more applicable for startups where one would get a chance to do both, but you’d be that awesome 2-for-1 employee.

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  3. Posted by Teren | October 22, 2009, 7:48 am

    Hey Tony!

    I’m also considering going to grad school but I can’t decide. How’s the process going for you? Cheers!

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    Teren replied on: October 22nd, 2009 at 7:49 am

    btw – I managed to get a job before graduation so it’s definitely do-able for us com sci grads! And we’re hiring too if anyone’s interested.

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    Tony replied on: October 25th, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    I still have some time until I graduate, so right now I’m just keeping in mind that I might want to keep my marks high. I would like to keep grad school open as an option.

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  4. Posted by (Important) Computer Science jobs are not outsourced | CompSci.ca/blog | January 9, 2011, 4:58 pm

    [...] building the next Facebook (at $50 billion valuation, we are partying like it’s 1999 again). Since just over a year ago, my favourite startup job posting site Startuply has more than doubled the number of companies that [...]

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