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Tips for Acing Your First Job Interview

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After you get your degree in computer science or software engineering, it’s time to face the real world and hit the job market. At first, you might feel discouraged as you send out dozens of applications without any kind of response. If you keep at it, you’ll eventually land an interview. Here are a few tips to help you ace that first job interview:

Use University Resources

Universities have much gain from the success of their alumni, which is why they offer career services, often with mock interviews and resume help. Before your first interview, consider scheduling a mock interview with a university advisor to prepare your responses.

Do Your Research

During your interview, be sure to express a genuine interest in the company. To spark a genuine interest, learn as much about the company as possible. Scour the company’s website and visit their physical location, then use the information to add substance to your interview answers.

Dress Conservatively

Generally speaking, it’s not a good idea to surprise your interviewer with a bold fashion choice. Wear a conservative suit, blouse, or pantsuit so your outfit doesn’t become a subject of discussion. Even if you’re interviewing for a position in a casual environment, it’s always best to remain on the formal side.

Ask Thoughtful Questions

Your interviewer will likely be able to tell if you are disinterested in the company or the position. To express your interest, consider asking thoughtful questions before, during, and after the interview. Stay away from questions about compensation and benefits, and instead ask questions about the company’s history, the work environment, and the position.

Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering loves to see graduates succeed. To learn more about our graduate programs and student resources, call us at (206) 452-2262. You can also visit our website to research the specifics of our computer science and software engineering programs. 

Career Profile: Mechanical Engineer

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Most people go to college because they want to earn a decent living while making a lasting impact on the planet. While some people gain fulfillment from liberal arts disciplines, others prefer a more hands-on approach. If you fall into the latter category, you might consider getting a degree in mechanical engineering. Here’s a brief look at what it means to be a mechanical engineer:  

Specializations

At Seattle University, mechanical engineering students learn how to design numerous mechanical systems. After graduation, students can use their knowledge to explore a wide range of disciplines, from energy to medicine. Many mechanical engineers answer the world’s call for clean energy solutions by designing new means of energy production and storage. Others devote themselves to designing automotive safety systems and making the world a safer place.

Work Environment

Mechanical engineers spend most of their time in a professional office setting as they work out new designs on the computer. While working on certain projects—a new wind turbine, for example—a mechanical engineer may visit the worksite to provide additional guidance. There are numerous opportunities for mechanical engineers in both the private and public sectors, and engineers provide everything from consulting services to comprehensive designs.

Average Earnings

If you decide to pursue mechanical engineering, you can expect to earn a considerable salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, mechanical engineers earned an average of $78,000 in 2010, with the top 10 percent earning more than $119,000. To put those figures in perspective, the average salary for all occupations in the U.S. was just $33,000 in 2010. Also, the number of jobs for qualified mechanical engineers is expected to rise nine percent between 2010 and 2020.

Once you earn your mechanical engineering degree, you might consider going into computer science or software engineering. Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering offers excellent master’s programs for both disciplines. Call us at (206) 452-2262 or visit our website to get a better idea of our graduate programs.    

What Is Project Lead The Way?

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Seattle University knows that the computer science and software engineering students of tomorrow are the middle and high school students of today. Considerable effort goes into getting a software engineering or computer science degree, and not all incoming freshman are equipped with the academic tools to succeed in college. That’s why Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering began Project Lead The Way. PLTW provides adolescents and teenagers with the study aids and preliminary knowledge they need to become effective learners and exceptional college students. This math and science-focused program has been shown to bolster pre-collegiate performance and facilitate the transition to a university setting.

For more information on Project Lead The Way, call Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering at (206) 452-2262. Our representatives would be happy to discuss how you or your teen can become part of this valuable program. Individuals interested in attending our Seattle graduate school can visit our website for an overview of our computer science and software engineering degrees.

Getting to Know the Seattle University Dean of Admissions

Establishing a rapport with admissions counselors can help you better determine the college that’s right for your needs. This video introduces Seattle University’s Dean of Admissions, Melore Nielsen, to students looking to pursue computer science or software engineering degrees.

Melore Nielsen is a Seattle native, which speaks to her love for the city and its academic opportunities. She and the entire admissions staff at Seattle University take great pleasure in meeting prospective students in person and through their admission applications. During the admissions process, Nielsen takes a comprehensive approach to each applicant, considering both academic and outside interests.

Would you like to speak with one of the admissions staff at Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering? Call us today at (206) 452-2262 for an appointment at our graduate school.

A Look at the Broad Range of Job Opportunities for Computer Science Majors

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Having specialized skills such as those that a computer science degree can provide can make a college graduate a highly sought after employee in a variety of industries. As multiple fields become increasingly reliant on digital information and communication, the need for computer science graduates will continue to grow. If you are considering a computer science degree, you may find a future in any of the following occupations.

Video Game Design

How many people can say that their job doesn’t feel like work? When you attain a computer science degree for video game design, you may feel the same way. With a background in computer science, you can go on to pursue work in this ever-growing field. The popularity of video games continues to rise, and companies need individuals with the know-how to program the thousands of video games that come out each year.

Creating Mobile Applications

Smartphones and digital tablets have become everyday accessories. Many people rely heavily on these devices to gain immediate access to the dozens or even hundreds of applications that they have downloaded for work, family, finances, health, and pleasure. Both established companies and small startups have great demand for computer science experts who can help design mobile applications.

Coordinating Electronic Healthcare Records

On par with the growing video game and mobile application fields is the healthcare industry. Millions of Americans demand healthcare services every day, and to properly maintain patient wellness, hospitals, medical centers, and private practices must keep meticulous records of medical histories. Creating a digital system that can easily store medical records and make them instantly accessible to healthcare providers is a job with which computer science graduates can find security and success.

Would you like to learn more about the professional opportunities that a computer science degree can offer? Call Seattle University’s Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering at (206) 452-2262 to speak with a representative at our graduate school. Seattle University offers computer science and software engineering degrees that can lead to long and fulfilling careers. 

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