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Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:00 PM

Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably by employers rather than a regular BSc in CS, assuming the rest of both resumes are equal?

I know that the getting a job straight out of college is quite difficult, but once you have a few jobs under your belt you're fine getting a job.

I'm really just trying to give myself the best chance of getting a job out of university.

Most uni's differ in how one achieves an Honours instead of a regular CS degree but in mine I need to do the following:
- Maintain a higher GPA
- Less elective, more higher-level CS classes
- Oral seminars/presentation
- Do a bachelors-level thesis

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Re: Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:16 PM

No offense, but the answer is pretty obvious. When wouldn't a more prestigious degree be looked upon more favorably? The thesis especially adds value. It shows you can do some independent thinking. Just make sure you develop some expertise and choose your thesis topic with respect to your interests/expertise. In other words, don't be one of these people that posts here "What should I do my thesis on? I have no clue." It's okay to need some input, but try to have a ballpark of where you want to go.
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Re: Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:51 PM

Thanks. I mean't to say what, specifically, makes a Honours degree more valuable to employers other than its inherently higher prestige.

Haha, I couldn't post that here if i wanted to because my thesis topic is chosen through consultation with one or more professors of my choosing.
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Re: Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 07 January 2015 - 07:55 PM

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- Maintain a higher GPA
- Less elective, more higher-level CS classes
- Oral seminars/presentation
- Do a bachelors-level thesis


Items (1), (2), and (4) above. The idea is that if you can do well in more challenging classes and demonstrate independent thought, you're doing pretty well.
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Re: Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 07 January 2015 - 08:01 PM

Ah ok, great to hear that I'm on the right track.
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Re: Is a BSc Honours in Computer Science looked upon more favourably

Posted 08 January 2015 - 12:39 PM

As a counterexample, I work at a company that hires a lot of tech talent. Honors vs not is almost never a difference-maker.

That said, I still think you should do it, because you will be better for it and, as mac said (paraphrasing): There's no reason to think "nah, I'm going to suck a little."

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