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CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:50 PM

I just finished the second year of my degree program (BSc with specialization in Network Security).

My career goal is to work in a Telecommunication Company like Ericsson as a System engineer, Test developer etc here in Sweden. I know a bachelors degree alone might not cut it so I'm considering going for Masters in Wireless systems after my graduation next year.

What I'm confused about is whether to get a Bachelor of Science with specialization in network security (main subject: computer science) or just plain Bachelor degree in Computer Science.

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Re: CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:57 PM

If you know for sure you want to pursue a career in networking and don't want to diversify to any other subfield then a specialization can't hurt.

On the other hand if you want to kind of protect yourself if you end up hating telecommunication work, then a straight bachelors in CS will allow you to pursue other areas such as just general software dev etc etc etc.

Personally I would choose a bachelors in CS, however that's only because I have one. If you love networking then I suppose have a specialized degree will help you out a lot.
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Re: CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:05 PM

What's the choices of specializations? Just network security or not? I say specialize for any other reason than it makes it look like you care.
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Re: CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:50 PM

@Ryano121

You're correct. I love networking but I don't know if I want to be labelled a network security specialist yet .. the security part just seem like a huge burden..



@3 modi123_1

I can either specialize in Software Technology or Network Security. Since I chose the later, it's either Network Security or just CS degree for me.
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Re: CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 01:55 PM

How much network security have you actually done? If you haven't done any yet, and don't know if you actually like it, then I don't see why you would want to specialise yourself this early on.

Although that being said you could just shove the networking security bit alongside a bachelors of computer science on your resume. That way you have the best of both worlds. A base computer science degree but with a specialization if you want to get deep into that area.
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Re: CS degree: Specialization or no specialization?

Posted 08 June 2012 - 02:01 PM

View PostRyano121, on 08 June 2012 - 01:55 PM, said:

Although that being said you could just shove the networking security bit alongside a bachelors of computer science on your resume. That way you have the best of both worlds. A base computer science degree but with a specialization if you want to get deep into that area.


Ah that literally cleared things up for me. I will do just that. thanks
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