Options with information systems
A modern-day organisation depends on the design, implementation and management of its IT. As an information systems graduate, you will therefore possess relevant skills for a diverse array of sectors and roles...
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Aside from your degree, a wide range of paid or unpaid work experience in hardware, operating systems, software and team leadership will enhance your skills portfolio. Work experience gained in a corporate environment will help to develop your commercial awareness, client management skills and ability to understand and communicate the business benefits of IT. Global companies may also be interested in work experience abroad, even if this is not directly related to ICT.
It would also be advisable to consider becoming a member of a professional body, such as the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) or IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), which would allow you to take advantage of networking opportunities, engage with specialist groups and continue your professional development, leading to Chartered IT Professional status if desired.
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Opportunities for information systems graduates can be found at any organisation that makes use of ICT facilities, meaning the range of potential employers is vast. Recruiters include organisations in the private sector, including ICT consultancy firms, software houses, ICT service providers and telecom companies, as well as those in the not-for-profit and public sectors, such as local/central government, secondary, further and higher education, and the NHS.
Typical employers within the ICT sector include: IBM; Microsoft; Accenture; Cisco; Logica; and Oracle.
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An information systems degree will provide you with core transferable skills, including:
At a technical level, it will also equip you with specific technical skills in:
Research areas for postgraduates are wide and varied but may include:
Relevant professional qualifications are also available, for example, the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) offers professional certifications in business and IT areas.
Regular training in technical products is also important and will be offered by product suppliers and ICT training providers. Taking additional courses, especially with market-leaders such as Oracle and Microsoft , will aid career progression.
Advice and information on training in IT is offered by e-skills UK - The Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology , and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS) provides a continuing professional development (CPD) scheme.
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Just under two-thirds of information systems graduates are employed six months after graduation. The majority of these (around a third) are employed as information technology professionals. Approximately 14% continue their studies, either full time, or part time while working.
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.