Summary: UtoCanada’s views on software engineering
Like we have always emphasized, before choosing a major, you must make sure that you are truly passionate about this major to ensure that you have potential in this area. If the description below applies to you, then you may be well-suited to become a software engineer.
If you want to become a software engineer:
- Are you interested in challenging positions in software design and development?
- Do you have a strong interest in programming languages?
- Do you like to apply engineering and mathematical concepts to problems in order to find a suitable solution?
- Do you want to have an educational background in computer science, software engineering or closely related fields?
- Are you able to work during standard working days and not necessarily in an office environment?
- Do you have the ability to collaborate with others, have excellent communication skills, and the ability to translate customer needs into specific technical designs?
- Can you visualize complex processes and solve complex problems?
- Can you concentrate for long periods of time to complete detailed, complex tasks?
If your answer is yes, then software engineering is likely to be suitable career.
Special reminder is that for international students, the two biggest obstacles are English proficiency and work experience. In response to these two points, UtoCanada's recommendations are:
>> Accumulate work experience
In relation to academic qualifications, Canadian companies value job qualifications more. Therefore, you should try to get relevant work experience during school. Method:
- Co-op (Paid Internships): Software engineering in some schools offer co-op opportunities, so when choosing a school, it is better to choose those with co-op
- Summer jobs
Students often say that after a few years of studying in Canada, their improvement in Chinese far exceeds their English. The reason is that Chinese people tend to gather in groups (whether before graduation or after graduation). In short, even if you go abroad, a "good language-learning environment" does not just come as expected.
Here, I will summarize my personal learning experience, and draw on the advice of others on the Internet to put together the following most effective methods.
- Choose an English-speaking homestay family
- Off-campus accommodation -- choose native speakers as your roommates
- Choose a part-time job in an English-speaking environment;
- Volunteer in an English-speaking environment
- Make friends with locals with the same interests
- Make friends with native English speakers
- Watch YouTube videos in English
- Listen to English audible books
- Watch more American dramas – with subtitles
- Listen to English Podcasts
- Find a local boyfriend/girlfriend