In honor of Computer Science Education Week, Josh and Erick interview one of our interns, Tyler Persons! He tell us a little bit about himself and how he got into Computer Science. We also compare differences between coursework and the internship.
Hey Everyone I am Josh and I’m Erick
E: Today’s idea is when should you find a career in computer science. It is Computer Science Education week, so we decided to bring in and feature one of our nerds who is currently at school for computer science Tyler Persons. Tyler, thanks for joining us on the podcast.
T: You made me
E: We sure did. So we’ll jump right into it. Can you give us a little background on you, where you are going to school, and what you are studying?
T: I am a 2nd year student at MSUM right across the river. I am major computer science with a minor in communications.
E: So I remember meeting you when I was looking for the marketing person to help me with podcasts. I failed in finding a marketer, but it all worked out because I ran into you. What drew you into getting into a career in Computer Science?
T: I love that the field is so broad. There have been times where I have been working on something from one end of the spectrum and then have to do the same thing on the other side.
E: I am trying to connect all the dots. Josh can you talk about your higher education and how that transitioned into you shifting starting a business in Computer Science?
J: I started off in Computer Science in college and realized that they wanted me to do homework in Calc and that was the end of my CS degree.
E: Everyone’s journey is a little different. Tyler can you talk a little bit about the difference of coursework into doing actual customer word for a business?
T: I think that coursework is often only about regurgitating the information you memorized from a textbook, whereas doing work for real people makes create unique solutions to the unique problems that are often presented every day.
E: Obviously we like Tyler and the work he does. Josh from a business owner’s perspective, what do you think schools should be doing to prepare students better from coursework to actual work?
J: Stop teaching like they do. Teach more group work, version control, languages they might actually use in the current world.
E: I’ll ask Tyler basically the same question. A lot of any job is getting thrown into a fire. What do you wish schools would do a better job of, as you have transitioned from student to employee?
T: Similar to what Josh said, I with they would spend more time on group work and as students get close to graduation help them to specialize their learning to what is seen on the job.
E: We’ll wrap things up on a positive note. Josh what is your favorite part of being in our field.
J: I think being able to solve a real problem for our customers and the fact that what we do for them can be turned into a revenue stream.
E: and Tyler?
T: I love creating. I love turning ideas into reality
E: Thank both of you, I think it’s kind of interesting to talk computer science with a student who is just getting into the field vs a business owner who has been in the field as long as Tyler has been alive. I had to throw a old person jab in at the close
J: Erick we’re peers
E: Thank you for listening, we’re hoping you know of a startup that could use our advice and random thoughts. Send them over to codelation.com to hear the next podcast.