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How to learn more about Computer Engineering

I am curious on how to get employed for Computer Engineering for the future. computer engineering

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Nicholas’s Answer

Hello Caleb,

There is an enormous amount of information out in the web. There are also many different paths (e.g., Software, HW, Systems, Architecture). In my opinion it almost always starts with the fundamantals. Look at the big picture; what interests you the most? Google that topic and explore it to see if you have a particlular interest in that area; if so, find some fundamental studies (again lots of free information on the web). Keep looking at the fundamentals for Computer Engineering/Science and then pursure further knowledge in that area. Of course at some point you will want to get into a college/univerity to begin your formal and detailed education. So many avenues to take; so, important to try and find what area you like to prepare for an enjoyable career.

Some free on-line studies to consider:
Northeastern: https://www.classcentral.com/university/northeastern
MIT: https://ocw.mit.edu/
Carnegie-Mellon: https://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?assetid=9661

Best of luck - this is a great field of study and career
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Rebecca’s Answer

Hi, almost all companies or corporates requires Computer Engineers. It is one of the top demand in IT sector. Computer Engineers are usually focus on the hardware vs software engineers who focus in softwares. Nowadays, I believe all organizations use computers for their daily operations. The computer system they use is subject to their business nature, size, etc.
If you are interested on Computer Engineering, you can explore more information online, speak to someone who works in the industry, seek advice from career counsellor in your school, etc. They can help you to acquire better understanding on this career.
If you really would like to proceed this career path, you may also start explore the entry requirement of the colleges.
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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George’s Answer

I'd suggest that beyond a degree you work on projects that advance your skills outside of school. Whether it be programming your own game, or small projects for people you know. I'd also suggest taking courses available via Khan Academy or iTunes U
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Neha’s Answer

Hi, the great thing about the filed of computer engineering is, that any company in any field requires computer engineers. Whether it is a medical research lab, or a food processing/production company, they all have an IT division since most of the logistical operations is automated. And of course, you have the core tech companies (hardware or software), which focus specifically on computer technology, for ex Google, Apple, Microsoft, etc.

Read a lot of blogs, read tech magazines, follow companies for their annual events where they disclose new technology and innovations, example, Google I/O, Apple WWDC, etc. This will give you an idea of what is going on in the field, and what is most popular. Based on that, you can always choose what types of projects, products, or companies you are interested to work in.

You can also find relevant people on LinkedIn and seek advice. There are lots of engineers/tech enthusiasts out there who are willing to help out others, and guide them. you can always find such people on LinkedIn and ask them more direct questions. You can reach out to career counsellors too, or post questions on LinkedIn and make your profile public so anyone can answer in comments.

Good luck!
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Ashokan’s Answer

Hi Caleb,

Just to add what others are mentioned in the responses. There are many avenues/technologies you can pursue and learn more about computer engineering and there are so many resources out there in the web. In addition to what others are suggested about resources in the web, it would be good idea to start learning about open source OSes like Linux, which is almost in every embedded gadgets out there.

Good Luck! All the Best !
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Brayden’s Answer

Hello!

Computer science and computer engineering are very similar where you will work to create new software platforms and AI learning system. Today data is used more than ever to track peoples activity around the web and company's use this data for all types of reasons for ads and marketing to making suggesting for products to buy. Anther big area for computer engineering is AI technology. Here you would work to help create learning algorithms that would be used to control robotic systems . A lot of work is being done is this sector because sadly we are now able to make and program robots that are more reliable than humans. We can program these systems to work for hours on end needing no breaks and not needing to stop. We are seeing these robotic systems at companies like amazon where they can program a robot to go and collect items off a shelf before shipping.

Good luck!
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Lucie’s Answer

Hi Caleb,

Lots of great answers there I would add:
- Maybe subscribe and listen to a few and targeted podcasts.
The benefits of podcasts is that you can listen on the go, pause and have access to a large variety of content.
A few favorites: The hanselminutes, talk python to me, base.cs, cloud, IoT.
- I would concur on reading blogs, papers, etc.
You will get the most up to date and latest and greatest of what is happening in Computer engineering today. This big topic is AI (a great book is Life 3.0).

Hope this helps,
Cheers
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Mickael’s Answer

Hi Caleb,

You can learn about computer engineering from books, or online.

There are two parts in computer engineering:
- The hardware part which includes designing hardware components like CPU, mother board, hard drives ...: this area requires knowledge in electrical science, digital and analog electronics overall.
- The software part which includes firmware all the way up to all applications running on desktop/laptop/phones ... You need algorithm, data structure, some programming language, computer hardware architecture if you want to understand how the hardware runs your program
For the former, you can see hardware website about technology used by those components. If you are interested in software, maybe start with some coding on your own. I would suggest to start with simple languages like Python that does not require more than just writing the script and tries. You have even some websites that let you write your code and execute it:
- https://www.onlinegdb.com/online_python_interpreter
- https://www.programiz.com/python-programming/online-compiler/
Here are some tutorials:
https://docs.python.org/3/tutorial/index.html
https://www.tutorialspoint.com/python/index.htm
https://www.w3schools.com/python/

Both careers probably request a bachelor degree (at least software I am sure) with the relevant courses. I did not study in the United States so I can't give you more hints on that side.

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