Are you thinking of entering the computing or technology sectors after university? If so, you’re in luck. According to a recent study conducted by Comparably, data scientists have the highest annual entry-level salary in the United States, making an average of $110,850 (about £84,000). This means that for those with 1-3 years of work experience in the data science field, the salaries are highest compared to all other fields in the US.In fact, all six of the top paying entry level jobs in the US involved a tech and computers focus. Rounding out the top six were product managers, developers, mobile developers, sales engineers, and DevOps engineers, all of which averaged above $80,000 as a starting salary (about £68,000). The salaries tended to be higher in areas with a large focus in tech jobs (Silicon Valley, New York, and Seattle), where the average pay in these areas was approximately $145,000 (about £110,000). This study is further proof that the technology sector is moving at an incredibly fast pace, and that jobs in the technology and computing sector are in high demand. Even if you are not directly involved in computer programming on a daily basis, for example, in a product management role where you work with engineering experts, the skills associated with the tech sector are in high demand in most fields. Knowledge of Python, SQL, HTML, CSS and Heroku are all invaluable when searching for a job, and will become even more valuable as these skills become commonplace. If you aren’t sure about your career path but have an interest in computers, Oxford Summer Courses offers courses for all ages between 10 years old and 24 years old which will help you to better understand the concepts and applications of computers and tech. For 10-12 year olds, Oxford Summer Courses offers a Tech Explorers programme, held at the prestigious Wycombe Abbey boarding school. In this course, you will explore technology and computer science, including exploration into robotics, binary code, and practical applications of technological concepts. Oxford Summer Courses also offers a course in computer science for those aged between 13 and 15 years old. This summer course will introduce you to the different programming languages, and you will even have a chance to develop your own mobile app. Through practical workshops and interactive sessions, you’ll dive deeper into the tools used to build websites and create apps. In the computer science courses for 16-17 and 18-24 year olds, you will gain a deeper understanding of the programmes used in technology and computer science, which will set you apart as an applicant to university and or employers. The programme offers an introduction to Python (syntax uses, applications), frameworks, HTML, CSS and SQL. You will have the chance to complete a project where you will build a sample blog application and deploy Heroku.
Blog: November 2017
The Week in Education – 03.11.2017
Providing your essential education and university news. This week; what can hopeful EU students expect after Brexit, Finland step up their game for international students and how the Trump administration could affect US institutes.
Loans For EU students Post-Brexit?
As the ramifications of the UK’s divisive Brexit vote continue to unfold, one of the many questions the Government finds themselves presented with is how best to structure continued access to UK universities for EU students.
To facilitate this and inform discussions around future trade agreements, the UK Government is exploring the idea of providing public student loans for overseas students studying at British universities. The need for this has arisen due to the likelihood that EU students will lose access to the Student Loans Company post-Brexit. The Student Loans Company is a service which assists in the payment of UK university fees; the importance of which is only magnified once Britain leaves the EU and EU students are confronted by the same full fees as non-EU students.
London Economics analysis suggests that although new enrolments from the EU could decline by 57% (~30k students), the net effect of depreciation in sterling and higher fees for EU students could mean a Brexit dividend of £187M for UK universities. However bearing in mind the climate established by that same deprecation and the unfortunate fact that as many as 83% of university leavers are not expected to pay off their student loans, the initiative requires lengthy consideration before a decision can be made.
Finland Aim To Boost International Applicants
Five Finnish universities have partnered with education start-up Edunation with the goal of bringing an additional 150,000 international students to the region by 2020.
This follows a 23% drop in residence permits from international students versus 2016. The scheme involves a hefty review of the current cumbersome application process alongside development of a mobile app, providing a customised experience for the platform and application updates for prospective students within the day.
Edunation chair Thomas Kauppinen is looking to focus this expansion in China and India, citing “more than half of the world’s exchange students come from Asian countries,” along with leveraging existing relationships in Argentina and Nigeria.
Further Education & The Trump Administration
While the Trump administration has outlined no specific strategy relating to higher education, several of the initiatives released so far are likely to have a significant impact on colleges and universities.
The US Department of Education is looking at a potential budget reduction of $9Bn which will impact on student loan programmes and aid for low-income students. Additionally a new program called Furthering Options for Children to Unlock Success (or FOCUS) would encourage pushing students from under-performing schools to better schools in wealthier districts – potentially undermining the current option where districts may concentrate funds in poorer schools in an attempt to elevate them
The plan to curtail the numbers of visas for foreign nationals entering the US may impact the capability to fill research programmes and university posts to the highest standard, though in tandem with the calls for “merit-based” allocation it is difficult to truly understand the consequences of this.
Finally the plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act poses a threat to education programmes as a result of the pressure it will place on states’ higher education affordability. With no clear plan in place for higher education, some consider the best path for US institutes being simply to soldier on and pray that they remain under the radar.