How computer science students get the most out of their jobs
The best and the brightest students get jobs that make a difference in the world.
A new study from Stanford University suggests that if students get a great job they can be successful in their future.
The researchers recruited 100 top-ranked computer science and math majors to come up with an idea for a story about a computer program.
They then used the students’ computer skills and a set of algorithms to create a story that had them think about the computer program’s problems and their interactions with the environment.
They found that the students who got a great idea in their stories performed better in their jobs, and those who got great ideas were more likely to be promoted and retain their jobs.
“We found that students who get an idea that’s good at solving problems and making a difference are better able to handle the challenges of their job,” said study co-author Jennifer F. Cornell, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Stanford.
“This is one of the ways that computers are really good at learning, and we’re just finding out about that by studying them.”
The students who were given a great ideas story had a lower than expected success rate in their careers.
They had trouble finding and retaining jobs and were more prone to leaving their job when they did.
“There are some people who don’t have great ideas, and there are others who have great idea but they have to keep going back to school to get their master’s,” Cornell said.
“Students who are able to create an idea, they can actually be successful at their jobs and keep their jobs.”
Cornell is also part of a growing body of research on the importance of writing in the classroom, which is increasingly important to students.
“Computer science and engineering are incredibly valuable for a lot of people, and if you can be a good student and write a good story, that helps people do well in life,” Correll said.
“It’s also really important to know how to do math and to know programming and the way computers work and how they can help you,” she said.
The findings will be published in the journal Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence.
Cornell’s research team is looking to see if these students can actually get promoted through their work.
They’re also looking at whether the students get an understanding of the problems and the interactions that occur in the real world.