School of Computer Science

Career planning

A good degree in Computer Science is always in demand in the ICT employment market place. Find out about the things you can do to make yourself more valuable to employers.

Looking for work in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Industry?

“ICT graduates can do more themselves to ensure they get the best possible start. I’m not just talking about technical skills. It doesn’t matter what career you’re interested in – you need to look and act like someone an employer wants to hire. It might sound old-fashioned, but it’s important for aspiring job candidates to demonstrate personality, presentation, passion and perseverance. The people who build and run successful business tend to have these attributes, and they want to hire people with them, too.”

Jim Donovan (Fronde CEO and Tertiary Education Commission board member)


Tips from ICT employers

  • Get a part-time job related to what you are studying.
  • Know what you want. Seek guidance from professionals, mentors, and respected people in the sector.
  • Put a plan in place and pursue it relentlessly. Challenge/hassle recruitment agencies to help you.
  • Large IT employers tend to recruit directly. Check out their websites or large online job portals.
  • Smaller IT employers tend to use recruitment agencies, and can offer rewarding IT positions with good salaries.
  • Show that you have an ability to work well with others.
  • The job market is tough when you're first starting out, so do yourself a favour and equip yourself with good grades.


Entry-level graduate positions in the ICT industry can start between $35,000 and $50,000. ICT is a professional career and salaries can climb quickly. You can easily find up-to-date salary information on the internet. Most large recruitment firms do salary surveys which they publish online, some are extremely detailed. They can also provide you with overviews of the state the industry and the demand for particular skills.


What kind of job can I get?

ICT skills are vital to an increasing variety of businesses. Find out more about this on our Careers page.

Jobs for Computer Science students and graduates are often advertised on this website at Careers and opportunities.


The University of Auckland Career Development and Employability Services (CDES)

Career Development and Employability Services (CDES) is available to help with your career planning at any stage during your study. You can visit them in Room 151, Level 1, Kate Edger Information Commons, located at 2 Alfred Street.


For job vacancies, information on current career opportunities and employer events, login to MyCDES.

Information about the information technology sector can be found at futureintech.