July 22, 2021

5 Compelling Reasons Why You Should Study Computer Science


  1. Expand your career prospects
  2. Develop a vast portfolio of useful, relevant skills
  3. Work and earn remotely
  4. Increase your satisfaction and engagement with your role
  5. Be a part of the change in today’s digital economy

Today, new waves of digital transformation combined with mass adoption of technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT) and big data are setting a new era of accelerated growth.  Put in perspective, the number of technology workers in the Financial and Insurance service sectors has increased by a staggering 20 per cent in the past five years (Deloitte 2020). This presents a lucrative opportunity for working professionals with little to no knowledge in the area to re-skill or up-skill, particularly in Computer Science.

If you’re wondering if studying Computer Science is right for you, this article will walk you through five compelling reasons why you should consider it as part of your learning journey:

#1 Expand your career prospects

The knowledge, skills and attitudes that you gain whilst studying Computer Science will provide you a strong foundation for your future career. A background in computer science will enable you to transition into a range of roles^, depending on your current skill sets and background, including: 

  • Product Manager (Average Salary: $115,000)*
  • Innovation Lead (Average Salary: $143,000)*
  • Data Scientists (Average Salary: $108,286)*
  • Software Developers (Average Salary: $100,000)*
  • Solutions Architect (Average Salary: $150,000)*
  • Technology Consultant (Average Salary: $100,840)*
  • Project Manager (Average Salary: $115,000)* … just to name a few!

*Source: Glassdoor Australia 2021 - all salaries noted are in AUD. 

With CS101, you will be able to join a network of some of the world’s most innovative technology companies. The new accelerated program, comprising up to three online short courses, each which can be completed in just 12 weeks part-time, will provide you with the industry skills necessary and potential career opportunities on offer!

#2 Develop a vast portfolio of useful, relevant skills

Equip yourself with essential skills to succeed in the realm of Computer Science, including: programming (C, Python, Javascript), computational thinking, problem solving, logic and reasoning, to name just a few. By studying Computer Science with CS101, you will gain skills that will widen your knowledge and give you the advantage when solving more complex tasks.

These skills are not only relevant but also transferable, so if you’re looking to up-skill or re-skill to get promoted, or move into a different field - it is highly achievable.

#3 Work and earn remotely

As projected by the World Economic Forum in 2018, key findings have noted that as workforce transformations continue to accelerate with the rise of technological advancements, surveyed businesses have highlighted their intention to engage workers in a more flexible manner, using remote staffing beyond physical officers.

With the unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID pandemic in March 2020, the world quickly shifted into remote working which has become the “new norm”. Over two in five (44 per cent) of employment people worked from home one or more times in the last four weeks (ABS, May 2021)

With this movement, the possibility of working from home is very high, specifically in the technology sector. This calls for opportunities of starting your own side hustle or freelance activity, having the flexibility to work anytime and anywhere.

#4 Increase your satisfaction and engagement with your role

Having more flexible hours and working remotely can be considered as attractive benefits by most employees, leading to increased satisfaction and engagement in a role. According to HCA Mag (2021), it is no surprise that most entries on the list are roles within the IT industry.

This can be an important factor when it comes to choosing or changing career professions and/or field of study. With CS101, not only will you be developing the foundational skills, you will also have the right support whilst you study with us. From weekly consultation groups, to ongoing learning facilitation to fortnightly review, we’re here to lead you into the right path!

#5 Be a part of the change in today's digital economy

Studying Computer Science will open a plethora of opportunities. Having the skills to express your creativity and problem solving can allow you to change the world. Think of the Apps you’re currently using such as AfterPay to UberEats, they are impacting the way that we live and millions of people around the world.

If you’re looking to be the brains behind these kinds of innovations, Computer Science may be the answer for you.

What next?

Interested? Why not make the move and kickstart your Computer Science journey with CS101 powered by OpenLearning. The first course CS101: Programming and Computational Thinking is now open for pre-enrolments. The course will officially commence on 18th October 2021.

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^Please note: While we make every effort to ensure that we accurately represent all figures and potential income, it should be noted that the salary figures are estimates of what we think you can possibly earn. There is no guarantee that you will make these levels of income and you accept the risk that the salary differs for each individual.