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Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors

The field of computing has expanded rapidly over the past 10 years, and students need more information about the field and its related careers. In reality, there is no single computing discipline but at least five. Including different sub-specialities, there are dozens of possible computing educational paths for prospective students.

Investigating Students’ Knowledge of the Computing Sub-Disciplines: Recommendations for Career Counsellors and Curriculum Developers

The main goal of this Mount Royal University project is to improve career counselling and academic advising for students interested in the computing disciplines. Computing has undergone massive change over the past 15 years, and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has recently released a new set of criteria to help clarify the various sub-disciplines. Our preliminary study (Phase 1) indicated that students do not understand the differences between these sub-disciplines and we suspect that career counsellors and career development specialists also are lacking knowledge of these recent changes. Our goal is to specify the gaps in students’ knowledge of these computing sub-disciplines, and make strides to adjust faculty understanding and career counselling interventions to support student success. Our team created and tested a survey tool which measures students’ knowledge of the distinct sub-disciplines in the computer sciences field (Phase 1) and we worked to refine the tool and re-administered it to a larger sample of undergraduate students at Mount Royal University in Calgary (Phase 2). Now with CERIC’s support, in this third phase of the project (Phase 3), we will administer the survey to students and faculty at various universities across North America, and thus will be able to survey students in a wider array of computing programs. Our research will likely point to gaps in understanding, and will assist counselling practitioners to ask appropriate questions to support individuals in making informed choices. We will compile these findings into a Practitioners’ Guide and a Student’s Guide which will be made available as a free downloadable resource. We hope that the Practitioners’ Guide will provide counsellors (practitioners who provide psychosocial and therapeutic interventions on personal and career issues, including psychologists, psychotherapists and social workers) and academic advisors (who provide guidance and advice regarding course and program selection) with accurate discipline information that they can then provide to students prior to application for admission and/or prior to the time when they are required to choose their major. The outcome for students will be to support their career selection process, so that they may make career choices that are more in line […]

Free Webinar: Computing Careers Explained! How Our New Guide Can Help You Advise Students – May 22 2018 with Dr Janet Miller, Randy Connolly and Dr Faith-Michael Uzoka

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Presenters: Dr Janet Miller, Randy Connolly and Dr Faith-Michael Uzoka Date and Time: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm ET Cost: FREE All registered participants will receive a link to the recording of the webinar. So even if you are unable to attend the webinar, you will still be able to access all the learning. Bring your team together for this convenient online training opportunity! Register Now With the support of CERIC project partner funding, we developed a research-informed publication to support career exploration into the fast-evolving computing disciplines. This free publication - Computing Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors describes the five computing disciplines in a way that we think will be meaningful to prospective students, parents and career advisors at both the high school and post-secondary levels. During this webinar we will do a walk-through of this publication and discuss how it can be used to support career development and student success. Learn how this new free resource can be used in your context to support individuals who have an interest in the computing disciplines Gain an understanding of some of the differences between Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Software Engineering professions Develop an understanding of Canadian resources available to further support career exploration in computing fields Dr Janet Miller is a Counselling Psychologist with expertise in post-secondary mental health issues and personal development. In addition to working at Mount Royal University for nearly 20 years (Full Professor), she is the Editor of Kaleidoscope, a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Suicide Prevention and an accomplished keynote speaker. She can be reached at janet.miller@hotmail.com. Randy Connolly has been teaching at Mount Royal University since 1997 and holds the rank of Full Professor (Computing). He is the author of three textbooks, the most recent of which is Fundamentals of Web Development, Second Edition, which is used by thousands of students at over 100 universities worldwide. He has also authored 34 peer-reviewed papers and given over 20 international research presentations. He is on the editorial boards of the two main journals for computing [...]

Media Advisory – Canada’s largest career development conference prepares the workforce for ‘jobs of the future’

Ottawa, Jan. 10, 2018 – The Cannexus National Career Development Conference will bring 1,000 career development professionals together in Ottawa from Jan. 22-24, 2018 to explore the skills and strategies required by the workforce of tomorrow. The biggest annual event in the country for professionals working in career counselling, employment and workforce development comes as Canada takes on the 2018 G7 Presidency and focuses on “Preparing for jobs of the future.”

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