The job adds research helped me envision the job requirements employers will be looking at in the workplace for my field as a Computer Systems Technology major. As a Computer Systems Technology major at City Tech I believe that our curriculum in our major will help us prepare for the jobs that our available in the real world. However, I think that the curriculum can certainly be improved so that students like me will be more equipped, interested and become better at the field I am in. Most courses that are offered in the Computer Systems Technology in City Tech department in my opinion are really more on theoretical and historical rather than practical. Based on my experience in City Tech, Computer Systems Technology field classes are more theoretical and historical. However, they do give an overview on the types of jobs that a student will be going into in their careers. In my opinion to be prepared in any career it is important to have the specific skill that is required for the career that we are pursuing. However, to be able to learn a particular skill in Computer Systems Technology, it is better for a student to have practiced hands-on with the field, as an example, creating cable wires, programming coding, troubleshooting, replacing parts in the computer and etc. Through hands-on experience students will have a sense and experience on what type of tasks in the workplace they’ll be working on.
I am now entering my fourth year in New York City College of Technology and I must say that the courses that they offer in the Computer Systems Technology field are similar to other colleges like Hunter College, City College, York College, Brooklyn College, Baruch College, Lehman College, NYU, Queens College, MIT, and Stony Brook College. Baruch College as an example doesn’t have a Computer Systems Technology major but they offer a similar major which is Computer Information Technology and the only difference is that they focus more on business area related in Computer Information Technology. Aside from that difference, the courses that City Tech offers in Computer Systems Technology field is very similar with Baruch College. [Baruch College page 16] Other Colleges like Lehman, NYU, City College, MIT, Queens, York, Brooklyn, and Stony Brook also have a similar courses that City Tech offers; these colleges also have Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. Based on my research with these different Colleges City Tech isn’t so bad after all. The only difference I saw with other colleges is that they offer more hands-on training with students more in the Computer Systems Technology, Computer Information or Computer Science unlike with City Tech the courses are mostly theoretical not many courses offer practical where students can practice the skill. Moreover, based on my research I also found out that the class size that City Tech have in Computer Systems field is similar to the CUNY colleges I have researched and also the private colleges mostly 20-35 consisted of students in each classes. The only big difference that I saw that City Tech and these colleges have are the electives that a student must take to complete his/her major. Overall, the skills that are required to be Computer Systems Technology in City Tech like programming, web design, networking and etc is the same to what other colleges are also looking for their students.
City Tech does offer internships for Computer Systems Technology field however, the department is not very good telling updates to student in my opinion, if there are any internship that are available. I think this is important because as a student, I would like my College in this case City Tech to be more helpful and give rightful advise to any students that wanted to know how they are doing with their major and what steps should they take to be able to prepare themselves in the workplace. To be able to be prepared with a specific field I would want to have a great experience with it before I graduate because that is the main motive why I am taking this major, which is, I want to learn skills that is related to Computer Systems Technology.
My suggestion would be to the department is that they need to have a better advisement for their students. I feel like they aren’t very organized with handling the students especially with leading them to the right direction with their careers. As example giving advice on the internships and advice on the classes that a student will decide to choose. Lastly, the courses that are related in Computer Systems Technology should be more hands-on rather than just being taught theoretically because the skill in my opinion is more relevant than knowing the history of it and the theories.
Stony Brook College