Techlandia Issue 5- 2021/2022 - Page 26


Students know to check Handshake first for internship and early-career jobs. Our University of Oregon Employer Engagement team is happy to consult with employers on connecting with current students or recent graduates and can provide guidance on early-career recruiting strategies and best practices.

Two majors in our College of Arts and Sciences stand out for preparing students for jobs in the local tech industry. The first is our new major in Data Science, which prepares students to be analytical thinkers, informing big decisions across industries. The second is our Computer and Information Science (CIS) major, which develops students as computational thinkers prepared to succeed in various positions. I’d also like to highlight our minor in Computer Information Technology (CIT), which expands the base technical expertise of non-CIS students. Students learn fundamental computer skills, including creating web applications from start to finish and working with databases, among other topics, which gives them many practical software and information technology skills required in today’s workforce.

In the years ahead, students from all disciplines who connect with our groundbreaking Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact will have profound experiences working with the next generation of scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Students from all majors and backgrounds pursue careers in tech, and we know that many of our most successful alumni in tech came from non-technical majors. We hear from employers that they value our students’ grounding in core skills like critical thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership.