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Testimonials of BS in Computer Science Graduates from the Philippines

C. C.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At AMA College
◈ Graduated 1999

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I chose to study computer science because ever since I was introduced to a computer, I was fascinated with it and wanted to learn more about it.

list bulletAbout my college education: The difficult part of studying computer science is there's a lot of formulas you need to know and so much math. In the first semester I thought that was ridiculous studying math, I thought why not just study programming languages instead of wasting hours on math? I got my answer. Programming needs a lot of logic and precise calculations that's why math was part of it.
Studying text books was the most boring part of it but after learning the basic of a programming language comes the fun part. Your creative mind began to surface, your thoughts becomes a reality when your system is developed and you tested that it's working, now all the long hours staring in the computer, missing friends gimiks, getting frustrated because sometimes it doesn't work the you want it to and you have to redo it again and again. Everything just vanished and you feel like you've been vindicated.

list bulletMy current job: I used to be a system analyst for 3 years, but now I am happy being a technical support coach for an ISP.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. Everything I know now started with AMA. They taught me the ins and out of programming and hardware. I got equipped with what I needed for work. I used the programming language to develop a cable list system and troubleshooting software for a transportation company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: On my forth year I was hired as a data encoder in a European company, but after 2 week they signed me up as their system analyst because they figured out I was more knowledgeable.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes, I would definitely recommend the course I took to everyone who shows interest in computers. Lets face it, this is a computer era, we live with computers, companies hires people who have an edge with computers, they pay as a lot to work for them and develop systems for them. You'll get rich at the same time you will be leaving a mark in this century.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice to you guys out there who's considering of studying computer science is:
If you're just in it because someone told you so then I suggest you quit. Computer Science takes a lot of guts to study, it will test your patience and your character. If you're up for a challenge and you love creating your own work then you made the right decision. You'll get paid well, your system will be known to the users and that will become your legacy no matter where you go.
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A. S.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2002

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: My love for computers is the main reason why I chose this course. I wanted to know more and explore the complexity of the system.

list bulletAbout my college education: Studying computer science had exceeded all of my expectations. It was not just tough, it is very tough. Very challenging. I have lots of difficult subjects, especially the programming ones. But still, I enjoyed most of them because it is intellectually stimulating.

The exams and projects are very difficult. Almost no one can survive UP without being scathed (unless of course you're ridiculously smart!). But one way or another, you will fail a project, an exam or even a whole subject. And some subjects are seasonal, and a pre requisite to the next one. That is why a lot of students get delayed for graduation.

Nonetheless, if you have a positive outlook and if you do not give up easily, then, none of these difficulties can stop you from graduating. They say it's hard to enter UP, but in truth, it is much harder to exit (graduate).

list bulletMy current job: I am an IT consultant.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I used programming techniques and logical skills.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 2 weeks after graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: There are a lot of job opportunities for Computer Science graduates. Especially now that the world is being techno-savvy. Anywhere you look, you can find a computer science related field. The salary is good and it is a very fulfilling career!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Computer Science is not an easy course... But with hard work and discipline, nothing is impossible! Go for it! Make the most out of your course and your whole college life. You will learn a lot and experience a lot. It is one hell of a ride.
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M. L.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines At Los Banos
◈ Graduated 1993

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: Aligned with my interest. I knew that my future job prospects will be good.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned practical programming and analytical skills.
Math-based courses were the most difficult.
Computer programming is the most useful part of my education.
Exams were difficult. I am not sure - probably 80% failed the exams. Probably 1 out of 10 shifted out.
To succeed in this course, you will need analytical and math skills.

list bulletMy current job: IT Consultant/Testing Manager.
I work for a technology consulting company that provides custom software solutions for their various business needs. As part of completing the software development process, testing teams are engaged to make sure that requirements are met and that the need is satisfied. I manage teams that perform that testing (across different methodologies - functional, performance, automation, etc).

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: In my first years on the job as a programmer/analyst, the analytical and programming skills taught during college directly extend to the needs of the companies I worked for.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: About 3 to 4 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: I currently work in the US and may not have an accurate perspective on the Philippine job market for Computer Science graduates, on both employment opportunity and salary. However, I know that IT will continue to be a lucrative career in the foreseeable future. I have personally ventured beyond my roots from Computer Science (and the technical realm) towards management (which requires it's own sets of skills), but credit my background and education for giving me an edge on the competition.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You need to embrace math, no way around it. Strive for getting into the best school you can, some schools can definitely teach you programming, but in order to the next level of your job, you'll need more than that and a good educational foundation will help.
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K. K.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At STI College - Dagupan
◈ Graduated 2006

list bulletAbout my college education: I've always been into using the computer for many things so I like it very much. I think my interest with computer as a science started at a young age when I got introduced to the internet in my high school years. Before, it was as simple as becoming amazed at how I am connected to the world by doing just simple typing and clicking. Then as time passed, I began to be more curious on how things such as websites work. Yes it's a difficult course because programming is not an easy thing to learn.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a systems programmer at a local computer company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was able to find a job right away at a very reputable company here in Dagupan. Being a computer scientist and coming from a respectable computer college, you will really be in demand and will not have a hard time looking for a job after you graduate.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: I would definitely recommend my course to those people who are very much into computers, especially the ones that are good or interested in learning stuff such as programming and systems development. If you're thinking that you won't do well in this field of studying because you are not so good with math, well, all I can say is everything can be learned if you put your hear into it. Good luck.
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S. P.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: Challenging. You need math skills/logical skills, possibly an interest in languages, puzzles, hard work is a given requirement in every course.

list bulletMy current job: Junior developer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes. This depends on each course. We don't have a major so most of our lessons are theoretical and general. There are plenty of hands on but the actual 'major' will come after work.

Most of the lessons that you will use will be based (in my experience) on the attitude and character the school builds in you. Being responsible, dedicated, being a team player, etc.

As for specific skills, I am using our less theoretical more hands on classes like Java, Programming languages, networking, etc

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: From when I actually submitted my resume / actively looked? a month.
In general after I graduated? 5 months.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Do you know what you want? Is this what you want? Do you enjoy it? Do you understand what the course is about? This is all dependent on the person

I do recommend it in terms of employment opportunitiesand salary level.
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E. J.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines - Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I chose Computer Science because I want to learn things about computer programming and solving mathematical problems. Also I chose it because today's technology is growing rapidly and I want to somehow cope with it through learning about Computers and anything related to it.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned a lot from this Computer Science course. Perhaps my favorite lesson I learned is about solving problems using algorithms and designing those algorithms in such a way that they are optimized as it can be. Of course programming and software development is one of the major things I learned from this course. Those were very useful lessons from me especially in my current work.

The subjects are not too difficult nor too easy. If you love solving problems perhaps they may be a little easier for you. People fail exams, but with a little more effort you can pass them. Enjoying the course is one of the ways you can do to make this learning fun. I know just a few people who shifted to another course and mainly because they just don't feel like studying and finishing Computer Science.

Aside from enjoying the course, consistency and focus are some of the traits that are very useful for succeeding in this course.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently a Software Engineer.

What a Software Engineer does is basically design, test and build things. These 'things' I am saying can be any thing on the web, your desktop, phone and other devices. For example your favorite social networking sites, or mobile applications and many more. Along with designing and building these things, software engineer also maintain and improves those products to continue providing high performing applications.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already signed a contract a month before graduation and started working two weeks after graduation. I got an offer early because I worked as an intern for that company a year before I graduated and fortunately they were impressed on my performance.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you love to solve problems, want to learn about software engineering, want to enjoy and want to explore a lot of things with a little challenge, this course is for you!
You will surely enjoy the course if you have those characteristics I mentioned. For sure all the things you will learn will be worth it especially in your pursue of a cool career.
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J. T.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines - Sta. Maria
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I chose computer science as a course because I found it challenging.

list bulletAbout my college education: I've learned a lot in this course, to be more logical, to have more patience, to stay awake all night.

For me Design and Algorithm was the most difficult because you need to consider a lot of things and you need to think and learn almost all the algorithm just to find one that would suit your case study. Making things simple and easy was the most useful things I've learned.

Passing the exam would really be difficult only if you didn't take things seriously and if you don't have any passion about it. Almost 50%! of the student shifted to another course after the 1st year.

Determination, Passion for programming and Curiosity was required in succeeding this course.

list bulletMy current job: I'm a Software Developer, I make mobile application on android phones for our company.
Software developer don't stick with one language so I was also in line with ASP.NET using C# and MYSQL for our database

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: The programming language skills definitely!

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually I was working already before the graduation as a C programmer on a Japanese company.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: You would have a lot fun studying BS Computer Science and would be amazed on the things technology could offer. And it is one of the high paying job today and for the future. Choosing this course would make you successful in the information technology industry.

There's a lot of employment opportunity out there you could be a developer, system analyst, quality assurance, software engineer or anything that is related to information technology.

Fresh graduate would expect 15,000-20,000 depending on the company you would work for, some offers 30,00 for a fresh graduate student if you are really confident. If you already had an experience you could demand for more. Taking a BS Computer Science would really make your career interesting!
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M. C.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2012

list bulletAbout my college education: Computer Science may seem difficult. This is when you're still trying to figure everything out. It can be tricky and may consume a lot of your patience but this is where we can find challenge which makes studies more interesting.

As long as you have a mind that is always curious, ready to learn something new and finds ways to make things as simple as possible, you can be a Computer Science major.

list bulletMy current job: Software Engineer

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Yes, I am using what I learned in my professional career. Actually, there is still more to Computer Science. Not everything is taught in school. Since it has a main part in the technology, there is always a lot more to learn.

In Computer Science, we were taught different programming languages that can be used to give instructions to machines.

Right now, I am using C++ and SQL in developing a software to test the products of our company.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: One month

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Computer Science is a highly recommended course because there are so many companies around the world that need Computer Science majors. The demand for this will continue as long as there is technology, which will be for a long time.

This is a very interesting career where you can encounter different issues that may bother you for a long time but can be very fulfilling if you're able to solve them. There are so many fields in Computer Science that you may not be able to try in your entire lifetime and there are so many other fields that are yet to come so you won't really get bored.

The salary is, indeed, high. It is one of the highest paying jobs. Also, there are companies that allow their employees to work at home. While working, you can also accept other projects to have extra income. Just make sure that neither will be affected and you manage your time well.
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E. B.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Polytechnic University Of The Philippines
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I chose to study Com Sci because I believed that programmers were in demand and that I can land a great job.

list bulletAbout my college education: I learned how to program and do systems analysis on my course.
The most difficult subject was Calculus. The most enjoyable subject was Computer Programming and Logic because I get to think a lot and it's amazing.
Passing the exams is difficult, because you really need to study well. Sometimes the exams are practical / hands-on, so you really cannot cheat. There are some students that are failing and need to repeat subjects.

The attitude to succeed in this course is patience and resourcefulness because sometimes doing programs can be very stressful so you need to be patient.

list bulletMy current job: I am a Systems Analyst.
Basically I design systems for a particular client that wants to automate their processes. I also do coding, database design and testing.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I learned a lot in computer programming and systems design while in college and I am still applying my learning to my current work.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I was lucky to already have a job before I graduated.
The company hired me as a part-time employee at first while I'm studying and then I became a full time employee after my graduation.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: I would really recommend Recommend Computer Science because the opportunities are endless since we are now in the Technological era.

A fresh graduate of Computer Science can expect to have a salary of P20,000 and up and for an experienced employee the salary may range from P30,000. - P50,000

I can definitely say that this is an interesting career.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advice for those people that want to study Computer Science is to dream big. The course is really difficult if you are not focus and patient. Be always reminded that there's no easy course or job. You really need to work hard.
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J. L.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At De La Salle Lipa
◈ Graduated 2009

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I'm passionate when it comes to computers. I honestly entered without full knowledge of what the course holds, but in the end it did satisfy my expectations.

list bulletAbout my college education: The curriculum at the time I graduated did not have as much relevant subjects for my course, and some were easy to pass. I did enjoy the major subjects, and there was a lot of freedom to explore unfamiliar concepts that lay outside some of the course syllabus as long as it remained relevant to the subject matter. The continuous drive to learn something new, and the passion and desire to grow that pushes one to study even beyond the walls of the classroom will be a valuable skill to anyone in the field of Computer Science.

list bulletMy current job: A Technical Team Lead at a Software company

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: My major subjects did, particularly those related to Systems Analysis and Design. The skills I used now mostly came from self-study, but the principles and paradigms that are common with most programming languages were in fact taught and served as baselines.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I got the job offer a month before graduating.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Computer science is but one of many courses that serve as entry points to the world of Information Technology. And job opportunities in the field of IT are numerous. There's no shortage of it. The demand remains high, the jobs pay well, and there's no shortage of things you will learn in your lifetime.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You have the internet and a wealth of information at your fingertips. Make good use of it. You are not limited to the coursework. The coursework simply serves as the faint light in the dark cave of ignorance that leads you to the bright world of computer science. This applies to other majors too I think, but with computer science there's a vast wealth of information available in the internet that's not readily available to others.
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M. L.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Asia School Of Arts & Sciences
◈ Graduated 2007

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: At first, this is not my first choice. I really wanted to take BA-Communications at UP Diliman, however I won the Barangay election as an SK Chairperson so I can't really make it to UP Diliman by that time because I have certain commitments that I need to attend in our barangay as well. I enrolled from a different university and I find this course really interesting. I want to be a tech savvy person and this course is most likely for boys if you may agree. I am up to challenge, so I decided to take this course and I am loving it.

list bulletAbout my college education: Useful things I have learned is that I know how to create a website, how to do HTML, programming stuff, I know how to do troubleshooting when PC is not working. I've learned how to become a team player and independent because when I was studying there, modesty aside I am one of the lucky student who represent our school for 'Tagisang Filipino'. This is a nationwide quiz bee. I've learned to focus on my goal and achieve it by working hard and being positive. This is what this school taught me.


Honestly, I was struggling in Math at times specially the Physics and Algebra. Good thing I passed all of them!

There are subjects that if you don't review you might fail. But, during my years there only a few people failed the exams. Professors gave them a chance to redeem themselves and prove that they are worth to pass it. Only a few I guess. Honestly, I never hear about students shifting to another course during my stay there.

You have to have perseverance, endurance, goals in life to succeed in this course. If you do not have goals in life, you can never be good at any course you will take. You need to love the course, the subjects. You have to dream big for yourself. This will push you to your limit to persevere and work hard. Of course, never forget the Lord and your family specially our parents who work hard to pay our tuition.

list bulletMy current job: I am working now as a Level 2 Chat Sales Lead in a BPO company. Yes, you heard it right, I am working in a call center right now. As a Level 2 Chat Sales Lead, I am handling customers inquiries, whether it is about Sales, Customer Service and Technical Support.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I can say I am really good at PC, programming, tech support and troubleshooting now. While other employees were struggling navigating their tools and doing their job, everything is so easy for me. It's because I have my edge having my degree in Computer Science.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I am so blessed that I never experienced of having a hard time finding a job. When I had my first interview way back 2007, I got my job contract after that.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes. I would definitely recommend this course. I can it's an all-in-one purpose. You can be an IT Analyst, Programmer, Technical Support, IT Helpdesk, working in BPO's, become a professor, etc.

In this world with innovative technology this course is very in demand. You can earn from P30,000 and above. This is such a fulfilling career. I am earning P35,000 above with incentives. I am the breadwinner in the family and a single mom, I was able to support them and send my son to a private school. It's highly recommended to anybody who will enter collage.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My advise is never give up. If sometimes you fail, that's part of life. I, as a student before fail at times, but I redeemed myself. If you take this course, you have to heart for computers. I guess all of us, know how to use a PC.
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R. S.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Xavier University
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I love computer programming, I love video games, internet browsing. I also want to improve my skills when it comes to computers, such as programming, web designing and developing and many more. We are in an era of computers and it's easy to look for jobs which has computers in it. Lastly, my parents told me to look for a job where it's easier to earn money and work abroad. Those are the main reasons why I chose Computer Science.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned a lot of things enrolling in the course of Computer Science, C++ programming, Java programming, HTML, CSS, PHP, javascript and even photo manipulation, creating a 3D model and Video Editing.

All subjects are easy, the one that I was having problem with is the thesis, we have to meet up with our adviser to update our thesis to her. But it depends on the topic that you, unfortunately, we were assigned on a very complex topic.

The useful thing I learned is the programming, since the are already a lot of jobs that requires web programming or software programming.

The exams weren't difficult if you're not that lazy to study. There are a lot of students who failed in the exams, but those students are very lazy and prefers to play video games rather than taking exams. There are only few students I knew who shift to a different course.

Computer Science is not an easy course, always study and perform some new syntax in programming. Logic must also be enhanced and also Mathematics.

list bulletMy current job: Web Designer, I am assigned at the front-end of the website that we are developing.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Few moths after I graduated.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: You have to be very patient if you're a computer science student, don't stress to much on a problem you can't solve easily, try to relax sometimes and read some books that is related to the problem you're facing. You must be hardworking and diligent in when you take this course.

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C. E.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Lipa City Colleges
◈ Graduated 2014

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: This was actually my second course, the first course was Information and Communication Technology. It is somewhat relevant to Computer Science, so when I transferred schools I took the course that was almost the same with the first one. And yes I like the thought of programming.

list bulletAbout my college education: I did actually learn how to code. On my own.
Calculus was the most difficult subject. For projects and assignments, it would go to all my major subjects. The most enjoyable part of studying was Sleep over/ group study/ overnight with my classmates.

Exams were hard because we had written and hands-on exams. On the written part: we have to determine outputs from codes, write a code about a problem, stuff like that. Wherein hands-on exams, we have to create whether it's a system or a plain program.

First and the most important trait and attitude is to have patience. I have seen lots of freshmen come in the faculty and leave right after one semester to change courses.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently unemployed and still waiting for calls from companies I have applied to. I applied for a position in DHL, here in Pasay, the position is called "Report Analyst", the job is to determine how many days a particular shipment reached it's destination since DHL is a carrier service.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: If you really want to take up Computer Science, think about it first. I have seen lots of students give up on the course, actually even those who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors give up. I had classmates that failed their Thesis 2 and it's their last subject before they graduate but they gave up on themselves. So before you take up Computer Science, research what's in it, so you wouldn't have to be in shock if your teacher gives you an activity. This is also applicable to any course. If you really want Computer Science, just be patient. Give yourself time to research for stuff that you know would help you out. Self study is actually the main job of a Com Sci student.
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M. K.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Ateneo De Manila University
◈ Graduated 2010

list bulletAbout my college education: It was a little challenging yet it was fun cause almost everything was hands on. It definitely needs logical skills, and utmost hardwork and patience. If you're intro critical thinking, you'll most likely excel in this.

list bulletMy current job: I am a project manager for an IT company.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Other than the coursework which I applied in my professional life, what definitely helped me in my career are the skills that I gained while in the university. Nothing can beat the holistic development that I think I had. I can talk & relate to people well, I think critically, I care about the greater impact of what I do. This helps to set you apart in the corporate world.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: I already had an offer before graduating which was quite nice :)

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes, the opportunities are endless and you get a decent pay. Also, with how vast technology is nowadays, you can pick from a multitude of paths depending on what interests you (e.g. mobility, project management, enterprise, technopreneurship, etc) .
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R. P.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Lyceum Of Alabang
◈ Graduated 2008

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I wanted to become a lawyer but then due to the strong influenced of my foster parents during my teenage days, they made me live life thinking about technology, computing, algorithms, software development and innovations and that's what computer science is.

list bulletAbout my college education: Computer science is considered by many of it's practitioners to be a foundational science - one which makes other knowledge and achievements possible. The study of computer science involves systematically studying methodical processes (such as algorithms) in order to aid the acquisition, representation, processing, storage, communication of, and access to information. This is done by analyzing the feasibility, structure, expression and mechanization of these processes and how they relate to this information. In computer science, the term ‘information’ refers usually to information which is encoded in bits and bytes in computer memory.

One of the most challenging subject in computer science is automata. I don't know but I felt it so difficult because it seems that you are imagining a abstract machine running based on your mathematical computations, test it... Etc.. Here, you will certainly encounter FSA, Turing, Mealy and Moore machines.


list bulletMy current job: After graduation, I was employed as a software/sales support engineer at the GLMC and at the same time a part-time instructor. By 2010, I focused in teaching computer science until now and currently, I am the Program Chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering in LOA; part-time instructor and research consultant of MSTI and PLMun.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Everything that I have learned in college is useful in my current job.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: A day after graduation, I was already employed at the GLMC as Software/Sales Support Engineer.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: As of the moment, the Philippines has a scarcity in terms of computer scientist/workforce whether in the academe and/or in the IT industry. So, I strongly recommend Computer Science to all futuristics!

If you are a computer science, you will feel like the BEST. Just imagine if you can talk to a computer and make it do what you want it to do then you're GOLDEN!

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: When I studied computer science, I thought I couldn't make it because a lot of people felt it so hard. I had this feeling until I graduated way back on 2008. But it's OK to feel like it to yourself, as long as it doesn't hold you back. You don't think you're the best?
Of course you're not! Don't be afraid of it, you won't get anywhere unless you try.

Hint for passing computer science subjects:
1. Study hard.
2. Attend the class always.
3. Pass the assignment/homework on time.
4. Do not miss the quizzes, board works and laboratory exercises.

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G. G.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Los Banos
◈ Graduated 2013

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: Simply because I found myself solely in love with the field. My fond of working with computers drove me to pursue the course. Also, I was influenced by my aunt.

list bulletAbout my college education: I enjoyed a lot studying despite of the fact that it was difficult. You'll be taught of all amazing things in computer you could have think. Programming is a way exciting and interesting than what the common people think. Programming is a lot of experimentation and arts. You must be artistic, this is an advantage I think. You should have good mathematical skills. Computers are made primarily for computation, so is the major goal of programming. You should be patient enough. There are codes coded for week, for month. There is no shortcut in creating programs.

list bulletMy current job: I am now a full time android app developer and a part-time web developer.
I do program android applications for smart phones for my full time work and do stuff of web-based application for my part-time job (I do it with my spare time, the demand was very high, but because of my full time work, I chose to be idle for my part-time for a moment).

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I have been using what I've learned in college, but I still have to study and develop my skills on my own as part of the progress.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: 6 months

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes, I recommend the course to everyone. The employment opportunities are very high since the field of information technology is fast progressing. I feel so very happy with my job and career for it satisfies my financial needs and the most important thing, I enjoy what I'm doing.

Approximately, my take home pay for my full time work is P 40,000 monthly plus some monthly incentives from the company and around P 15,000 for my part-time job (depending on the project I made and of course my spare time to do such).

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: Of all your considerations, better think twice. Choosing a degree program is like marriage. It is a lifetime commitment.

BS in Computer Science is a job promising course. It takes skills and passion to be successful in this field.
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H. O.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At University Of The Philippines Visayas
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I chose to study this course because I am interested in the systematic study of computation and it's applications using different methodical procedures. My love of mathematics has been a great factor as the course is more related to mathematics because of the algorithms used in it.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned how to make programs that are patterned after the things around us. Using the different algorithms that we have studied, many programs can be built and made to be programmed to a robot, that would be used in modeling for the development of the real technological object someday.

Passing my course is no easy task. Many of my classmates have shifted courses, as one of the greatest hurdles is to pass the Math series (Calculus: Differentiation and Integration).

To be able to pass and succeed on my course, one must be dedicated, persevering, diligent and enduring. Most of all, one must be able to build a good working relationship with other classmates, as they will also a source of knowledge whenever one has difficulty in understanding the lessons.

list bulletMy current job: Currently, I work as a web developer, mostly as a back-end developer. In a website, there may be security to impose, forms to fill out, pop-up boxes that appear, gallery slideshows that run, data to fetch. The work of a back-end developer is to make sure that all that are in good working condition, and the data that appear are the ones that are needed.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: I have learned that keeping up-to-date with the technological advancement, in terms of knowledge and skills, has helped in being at par with competitors. This is a skill I have learned during my college days, as we are trained to be competitive always, in a friendly manner. Also, group projects in college helped me to be able to have good working relationship with co-workers.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: My first job after graduation came to me after a month. The month in between my graduation and my first day of work was used for vacation. In short, it was a break after all the hullabaloo in connection with the preparation for complying with the graduation requirements.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes. As we are now in the computer age, more and more companies are opting to hire computer scientists to enable them to keep up with the fast pace of the technological world.

Depending on the skills level, a fresh graduate can earn as much as P20,000 monthly (this is based on provincial standard of living, as Iloilo is not an expensive place when compared to Metro Manila). A more experienced employee is expected to earn more than that.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: My first advice is to love the course, as it will be a great help in easing the challenges that would come. If one loves what he is doing, the task will be just like a plaything for that person. Also, one must always read and be up to date to the trends of technology.
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K. K.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Asian Institute Of Computer Studies
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: I am just a computer fanatic. I am amazed how this technology evolved and out of curiosity I took up Computer Science to be able to get an in-depth understanding about how it works.

list bulletAbout my college education: There's a lot of things that I have learned in this course, I was able to discover the science behind the computers which fascinated me.

Most of our subjects were difficult, I'm not that good in Math so it's the most difficult subject for me.

There were a lot of useful things that I've learned in this course like it gave me a deeper understanding on computers that it's now just used for playing online games or just using Google. It allowed me to know more about the programming side as well.

Yes, passing the exam was difficult and I'm thankful that I'm able to survive, although there were some classmates of mine who weren't able to make it and they decided to shift to other courses.

I must say that patience is needed in order to succeed in this course. You must be patient enough to learn.

list bulletMy current job: I'm currently unemployed but I'm into a little business. I'm also accepting computer jobs as a freelancer.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Being computer savvy these days is a big advantage that's why I'm thankful that I am a Computer Science graduate, what I learned in school I can now apply in real life.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: Yes, I would definitely recommend it because the IT profession is booming nowadays. There are a lot of companies who are looking for IT experts to manage their network or system even the government needs IT people as well.

If you're a fresh graduate, you can't expect to earn that much yet but when you gain years of experience for sure your pay will also increase.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: To those who are considering to take up Computer Science, you must be patient and focus in your studies. Manage your time properly and you'll find it easy. Good luck!
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J. S.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At Cebu Institute of Technology University
◈ Graduated 2004

list bulletAbout my college education: My education as far as I can recall, it has lots of ups and downs. Every first day of the class has always been the most interesting part in my university days because it is the time when I am so excited and curious of my new classmates, new acquaintances and those stuffs. Cramming on the days of exams are the few difficult things for me as a student. That includes the cramming of projects and researches.

The most challenging part is when you are in a block section which you don't belong and have to do a school project alone since nobody wants you to be in the group because you are like a total stranger to them-based on my experience.

As a computer science student, one should be of course has love of computer. You should not a cyberphobic person. This course has also many computations so you need to have math skills. Designing a software project is also a part of this so you need to have a logical thinking so you can defend your work when a situation calls it. Hard work is the basic thing you should have in all courses.

list bulletMy current job: I am a part of Global Assessment Certificate (GAC) program. I teach Computing subject to students from a non English speaking country who want to study in the university abroad. It is like a preparation of their university life abroad.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: Not really. I mean my first job was connected with some computer applications and anyone could be a computer literate by oneself even if you don't study BS in Computer Science. But in my current job, I have to recall what I learned in my university since I am teaching all about computers.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: It just took me a month. I had my first job a month after I graduated.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: I do. A graduate of Computer Science can land on many jobs. You can be an instructor of computing in a private academy or even public. Or if your heart is really in the deeper computing, you can be a software engineer, designer or a consultant in IT. Knowing our technology status these days, if you are a computer expert, of course compensation is of high equivalent.
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W. V.
◈ Studied BS in Computer Science
◈ At De La Salle University Dasmariñas
◈ Graduated 2011

list bulletWhy did I choose Computer Science: Because I am a tech savvy and I like critical analysis to particular problems that can be mathematically solved.

list bulletAbout my college education: I have learned that being in this course needed a lot of determination, patience, being industrious on doing a lot of assignments, studying for exam and doing a lot of projects.

The subjects that I had difficulty with would be those that are my minors like my math subjects (e.g. Calculus 2) and Physics (1 and 2) because you really needed a lot of focus in order to solve them analytically while balancing out the major ones too since they are the foundation when you will work.

The useful thins that I have learned were the basics like the programming structures and development, developing DFD diagrams, ERD, analyzing business problems and solutions towards it, database normalization and having keen eye on details.

Passing exams is difficult specially in math since the degree of difficulty is almost compared to engineering, since Computer Science is mostly about math as the main source of training to analytically thinking. Many people are shifting because they are having a hard time dealing with math subjects or some people are repeating the certain math subject/s.

list bulletMy current job: I am currently job-seeking but my past job was being a "QA Engineer". In this job, you are also known as tester. Testing has a lot of phases and even classification but on my project, I am specializing in Automation which is using a tool in order to test a certain applications. We use that tool to record the details and even program a bit using VBScript. Then we also have regression execution where you will execute the developed scripts in order to find bugs/defects upon the application.

list bulletAm I using what I learned in college: To be honest, I didn't even use on what I have learned on college.
I just had a very strong foundation on my course that is why I can easily adapt on the changes and I have passion for writing so I could have a change of job like right now since my focus on the freelancing are more focused on writing jobs.

list bulletHow long did it take to find a job: Actually, I got my first job right before I graduated on college.

list bulletDo I recommend studying Computer Science: I recommend my course since there are lots of opportunities for us, you can venture to coding, designing, hardware, DBA, video editing, writing technically, etc.
A fresh grad can expect around 20k pesos.

list bulletAdvice to people who are thinking of studying this course: First, you have to make sure that you really want this course so bad since tuition fee is not just easily spent on and please don't waste your time to a course that you will later shift into. Money and time are not just the main problem here, you are wasting opportunities for you if you delay yourself from graduating on-time.
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