Career Options for Computer Scientists

Oh boy, the last months were quite interesting. From what I read in the news, I could have expected there to be quite a demand for software engineers, but I wasn’t aware that the whole hiring model has changed. Since I’m in the last semester of my Master’s programme, I was prepared to write some applications, but it turns out you don’t really have to (if you don’t want to): companies contact you nowadays.

A few months ago, I set up my Stack Overflow Careers profile. This profile was, until recently, not even public, but it yielded me about one serious inquiry per month for jobs I was actually interested in. So, instead of focusing on my thesis (post to come shortly), I spent quite some time interviewing the past weeks.

Although I like to be contacted (saves me writing cover letters, and actually searching through Jobspotting or the likes), I feel that this application process reversal is a bit too convenient. The companies with resources for scraping platforms, looking for engineers, are likely to be quite large, but I would enjoy working at a smaller company for a change. Perhaps I am too romantic here, but I enjoyed the fast pace and the freedom that I had at the HCI. Guess I will be writing some applications eventually.

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