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I am 16 years old and living in the UK. I want to work with computers when I'm older as I have such an interest in consumer computing. However, I don't know what area is best for me.

I am doing maths, physics, and electronics to a high standard and will be going to university next year. Should I apply for a computer science course, software development / engineering course, or an electronics engineering course? I have more experience in hardware (electronics and physics have a lot of hardware involved) than I do software, but I still enjoy doing both.

In your experience and to your knowledge, are there more jobs in hardware or software? Both sectors seem to have an exciting future, but I want to go into consumer computing specifically. So which -- hardware or software -- do you think is best for me and why?

Kind regards, Jake

asked Apr 03 '13 at 13:30

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edited Apr 03 '13 at 17:15

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Hello. I am at the University of Plymouth doing BSc (Hons) Computing. We have a Computer Science course which we share most modules with. I advise going to Computing over Computer Science. Computing gives you a slightly broader area to work with. Comp Sci is mostly programming whereas Computing gives you a lot more areas. You also do work on user experience which is great with consumer computing.

answered Apr 03 '13 at 15:05

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answered Apr 03 '13 at 19:49

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