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Skills you can develop Computing and IT

IT and computing graduates are in demand in a range of sectors. As well as the specific subject knowledge gained from studying for an Open University (OU) degree, you'll develop many transferable and work-related skills that are highly valued by employers which will increase your employability.

The OU defines student employability as "A set of capabilities and achievements that support students in developing their careers, raising their aspirations and enhancing their contribution to society". To view the full statement see the Student Employability Policy Statement .

For computing and IT students the employability skills you'll develop include the ability to:

  • draw together, analyse and critically evaluate information
  • cope with rapid changes in technology
  • interpret, use and evaluate data
  • put together reasoned arguments and question assumptions
  • be effective communicators, capable of team working
  • understand the principles, concepts and techniques associated with the technology of computers and digital communication systems
  • be commercially aware of how computing networks or software are relevant to the functions of a variety of businesses and applications
  • identify and handle ethical, social and legal issues in relation to software development and use
  • design, program, test and evaluate software systems
  • manage time, learn independently and take on responsibility.

To see specific learning outcomes related to qualifications in this area have a look at OU Computing and IT Courses and follow the link to the detailed learning outcomes under the course details. You can also find the transferrable skills you'll gain from studying a particular subject on the 'What can I do with my degree? pages on the  Prospects website.

Successfully entering a new career also depends on factors that are broader than the qualification itself. Your work experience together with your personal strengths and characteristics will all play a crucial part.

Whatever your motivations for study, your goals and career aspirations, as a registered OU student, you're entitled to supported personal development planning either as part of your study or through optional activities such as FutureYOU. Find FutureYOU and further careers information tailored to your qualification on the Computing and IT study site under the Succeed tab.

Student stories

I had worked for 22 years in a support role within the City in corporate finance, producing reports and large documents.

Joce Rakower-Butelet

I left school with minimal qualifications and spent five years doing a succession of jobs ...

Simon Hargrave

To see the experiences of other OU students visit Student careers stories.

OU qualifications

Find out more about undergraduate computing and IT courses and postgraduate study You can also find out about the OU's Diploma of Higher Education qualifications in skills and careers with Higher Technical Qualifications.

Last updated 7 months ago