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In spite of the recession, many students in Computing Science are offered a job before they have even graduated! They work in a wide variety of occupations in the Netherlands or abroad. There are plenty of career opportunities for you as a creative problem-solver!

Finding work when you graduate

After completing their Master's degree, many graduates find work with IT firms, large companies, public-sector organizations, hospitals or educational institutions, where they design software components or lead projects that involve merging various components or even systems.

Other career prospects

If you have knowledge of computing, the ability to think at an academic level and a problem-solving approach, many companies will welcome you, in management positions too. Education and science journalism are other possible areas.

Or will you study for a PhD?

Some graduates choose a PhD programme involving four years of research. The research concludes with a thesis, which will earn you the title of Doctor of Computing Science. Everyone who does this finds an interesting job, either within the university or outside, for example at a hospital or at an independent firm.

Recessie of geen recessie, informatica is nog altijd een studie met een goed beroepsperspectief. Je kunt terecht in binnen- en buitenland. De meeste afgestudeerden worden software-engineer of onderzoeker. Doorgroei naar iets anders is natuurlijk ook altijd mogelijk.

== Software-engineer of softwarearchitect ==

Veel afgestudeerde informaticastudenten met interesse in het bedrijfsleven starten als software-engineer. Dat houdt in dat je softwarecomponenten ontwerpt, die bestaan uit onderdelen die op hun beurt weer door programmeurs geschreven zijn. Ook kun je software-architect worden. Dat is de persoon die het systeem overziet, en die dus de verschillende componenten samenvoegt tot een systeem dat zo logisch, veilig, onderhoudsarm en effectief mogelijk werkt. Zeker bij grote projecten vraagt dit gigantisch veel denk- en rekenwerk, dat uiteindelijk goud waard is.

== Onderzoeker ==

Afgestudeerde informatici worden ook vaak onderzoeker. Bij een universiteit, een onafhankelijk instituut of een ziekenhuis, maar ook binnen bedrijven zijn veel onderzoeksbanen beschikbaar. Vanuit informatica zelf hebben we banden met het Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen en verrichten we bijzonder onderzoek.

== Andere beroepen ==

Met Informatica ligt je beroepskeuze overigens niet erg vast. Met een academisch denkniveau, gedegen kennis van informatica en een goed probleemoplossend vermogen ben je in veel bedrijven welkom, ook in managementfuncties. Ook onderwijs en wetenschapsjournalistiek behoren tot de mogelijkheden - het hangt af van je aanleg en interesses die je naast en tijdens je studie allemaal opdoet.

Potentiële beroepen

  • IT-professional of IT-expert in het bedrijfsleven of de publieke sector
  • Managementfuncties
  • Journalist
  • Docent
  • Testimonial van Avdo Hanjalic

    I started as a student, now I'm a project leader

    'During my first year I got a job with Manter, a machinery automation company. I was involved in testing new applications.

    This helped me get a better grasp of the subject matter and gave me plenty of practical experience and self-assurance, resulting in a job as a project leader as soon as I completed my studies. The projects I work on involve new software systems. Some days I’ll be training end-users, others I’ll design new features, while other days will be all meetings or we’ll spend the whole day testing and fixing bugs.

    If I had to choose today, I would do Computing Science again. The demand for software developers continues to grow. I’d also choose to study in Groningen again. My friends studied in other cities, but we all agree: Groningen is the number 1 student city!’

    Avdo Hanjalic, software engineer/architect bij Manter B.V

    – Avdo Hanjalic
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    – Opleidingsvideo
  • Testimonial van Anda-Amelia Palamariuc

    A new perspective on the programme

    What I like most about Computing Science is its versatility. I find it very interesting that it's able to associate itself with other fields, like Mathematics and Physics. I enjoyed all the courses I have had so far, but I particularly liked “Program Correctness”. This course really gave me a new perspective on the programme.

    I think studying here is quite different from what I was used to in Romania. During high-school, we were always reminded of what we have to do, whereas here all the responsibility falls only on your own shoulders.

    I decided to stay in “The Student Hotel” for my first year. Living in a place full of students, all coming from different places, really offers you the opportunity to form new bonds and friendships!

    – Anda-Amelia Palamariuc
  • Testimonial van Frank Westers

    Frank Westers, student Computing Science

    – Frank Westers
  • Testimonial van José Antonio Jiménez Hernández

    Being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard

    “I studied Psychology in Spain, where I'm from, but it proved to be very difficult to find a job in this economic climate. I've always wanted to study abroad, and decided to take my chances. I chose Computing Science as it combines science and engineering, but also because there are a lot of great career opportunities in this field. I have to think about my future, you know.

    The University of Groningen is a top 100 university with a great employability rating , and all the information I found on the city and Dutch culture really appealed to me. In Spain, the university atmosphere is quite laid-back and I missed learning in a motivating environment. Back home, students don't take the first year particularly serious, but here people are really pushing for top marks. Groningen is a university city, and being around other students wherever you go makes it easier to feel at home, and to stay motivated to study hard.

    I had done some scientific research when I studied Psychology in Málaga and hoped to find a similar opportunity in Groningen. Computing Science makes you think in an analytical, logical way, and although it's tough, I really enjoy it. I have worked hard, and got into the Honours College, a group consisting of the top 10% of students. We are allowed to take extra classes, both in and outside of the faculty, and are invited to do research. I guess the Dutch mentality of trying to get the most out of your studies rubbed off on me.

    I really enjoy the student life here. Classes are focused on practice and examples rather than the dry theory, and the lecturers know how to share their knowledge in a concise, focused way. They all speak English well, which is great, but I would probably advise prospect students to learn a little bit of Dutch too. Although everyone speaks English in the Netherlands, it can be difficult to find a part-time job if you have no knowledge of Dutch.

    Fortunately, Dutch people are very direct, and it is easy to make friends. There is so much to do and see in Groningen: I spend my afternoons in the park, or go to one of the many activities hosted by the international students. You hear the most amazing stories: I have met more interesting people from all over the world in these six months than I have in my entire life.

    – José Antonio Jiménez Hernández
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