Computer Science is flourishing. Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide earn CS degrees every year, and the job market in the U.S. is expected to rise by up to 15% over the next decade — but it’s still not enough.
Despite the many people entering the field, even more are unable to do so, lacking the time, money, or other required means to pursue a college degree.
Since we started out, our mission has been to make coding more accessible. So, to help bring more people into the field, we created the Computer Science Career Path.
Modeled after courses at universities like Stanford and MIT, the Computer Science Career Path is designed to offer the same education you’d receive in an undergraduate program — at a fraction of the cost. Throughout the Path, you’ll build your conceptual, technical, and problem-solving skills as you delve into the fundamentals of programming and computer science.
Who is it right for?
The newly updated Computer Science Career Path is for anyone who wants to explore the topics covered in traditional CS degree programs. This includes programming, data structures and algorithms, computer architecture, and more.
This Path is great if you’re learning how to code on your own, allowing you to take a closer behind the technologies you use every day and write better code. It’s also a great choice if you’re currently enrolled in a CS degree program and need a little help understanding the topics you cover in class.
But it’s not just students and new developers who can benefit from the Path. It can also be helpful if you’re looking to switch careers or preparing for the hiring process. Understanding the foundational concepts and processes covered in this course will help lay the groundwork for passing your upcoming technical interviews by improving your ability to think like a programmer.
What will you learn from the course?
CS101: Introduction to Programming — the first module of the Computer Science Career Path — covered the basics of the Python programming language, which is popular in college courses and the tech industry. CS102: Data Structures and Algorithms walked you through lists, queues, hash maps, and the advanced algorithms used for traversing, sorting, and pattern matching data. Then, in CS103: Databases, you learned the basics of relational database management with PostgreSQL. Now, we’ve added two new modules to the Path: CS104: Computer Architecture and CS105: Discrete Math.
In the first of the two new modules, you’ll learn about a computer’s basic functionalities, vital hardware, and fundamental aspects of computer architecture like instruction and data parallelism. This unit is especially well-suited for anyone interested in becoming a Computer Architect or Systems Analyst.
In the second new module, you’ll explore the mathematical concepts that form the building blocks of modern computer science. Throughout the new courses, you’ll complete quizzes, challenges, and projects that’ll test your new knowledge and skills. You’ll also create Portfolio Projects that’ll help illustrate your abilities in your future job search.
How will this affect learners who’ve already completed the Computer Science Career Path?
If you’re already in the middle of the Path (or already completed it), your progress won’t be affected. But, you may notice a decrease in your progress percentage because of the new material.
In short, the complete Computer Science Career Path encompasses everything you’d learn in a traditional undergraduate CS program. While learning how to code, you’ll also discover the fundamental theories and mathematical concepts behind programming, work with databases, explore computer architecture, and more.
Ready to start your Path? For the next week, we’re offering a 20% discount for Skillacademy Pro, meaning you can take advantage of not only the Computer Science Career Path but also a wide host of other Pro features designed to propel you along every stage of your journey.
Once you’ve learned everything you need to know to launch your career, the next step is to prepare for the hiring process. With Pro, you can build Portfolio Projects, network with other developers in our community, and prepare for the interview process with courses like:
Plus, college students can also take advantage of the 20% discount with Pro Student. Along with the Pro features outlined above, you’ll also get career and internship advice from experienced professionals, cheatsheets for various programming languages, and more. For more details, check out our Student Center.Well, what are you waiting for? Sign up today! For students, click here.