Studying Computer Science at University

A young English man tells us why he chose to study computer science at university.

Self Study

Dictation

Listen to the dialogue in the episode again. Try to write down what they say and then check with the answers below.

Transcript

When I was at university I studied computer science.

I decided on that major because at the time there were many employment opportunities in that area.

As you know computers are used in almost every industry and businesses need websites and custom programs built.

Today, software engineers and computer programmers are still in high demand, especially web programmers. They can get paid very well.

I think I’m happy with my decision because I have a stable job, I receive an above average salary, and my work is quite challenging, but rewarding.

I think I’m pleased with my choice.

Self Study

Use a voice recorder to try to summarize what they said in the episode. You can use the questions and answers below to help.

Questions

  • What did he study at university?
  • Why did he choose that program / major / degree?
  • Are computer scientists well paid?
  • What are the benefits of being a computer scientist?
  • Is he happy with his decision?

Answers

He studied computer science.

He chose it because it had many employment opportunities after graduation. Computers are used in almost every industry.

Yes, especially web programmers. They can make good money.

He has a stable job, he earns more than the average worker, and his work is interesting.

Yes, he thinks studying computer science at university was a good decision.