The majority of organisations depend on the design, implementation and management of IT. As an information systems graduate, your skills will be invaluable to employers from a range of sectors
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Application analyst
- Data analyst
- Database administrator
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- IT technical support officer
- Systems analyst
- Systems developer
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here. If you haven't already done so, take a few minutes to answer the Job Match questions to find out which careers would suit your skill set.
Getting a range of work experience in hardware, operating systems, software and team leadership will enhance your skills portfolio. Some degree courses include a placement year or a placement in your final year of study, where you can develop your practical skills and build a network of contacts.
Summer placements and internships in IT are also offered by a range of companies. Speak to your university careers service about where to find vacancies.
Work experience in a corporate environment can help to develop your commercial awareness, client management skills and the ability to understand and communicate the business benefits of IT.
Getting student membership of a professional body such as the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) is also useful for keeping up to date with the latest news, networking opportunities and finding out about the latest jobs. It's also the pathway towards professional membership and chartered IT status.
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There are opportunities for information systems graduates in any organisation that makes use of ICT facilities, meaning the range and variety of employers is vast.
Examples of employers in the not-for-profit and public sectors include:
- local and central government
- secondary, further and higher education
- the NHS
- the media.
Recruiters in the private sector include:
- ICT consultancy firms
- software houses
- ICT service providers
- telecom companies.
Employers within the ICT sector range from multinational companies such as IBM, Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle, to small and medium-sized organisations, to the smallest companies employing fewer than five people.
Skills for your CV
An information systems degree provides you with a range of specialist skills in areas such as:
- hardware, software development and programming
- systems analysis
- database systems and design
- networking and operating systems
- emerging technologies
- mobile applications
- computer security
- business analysis.
You'll also pick up other skills valued by employers, including:
- problem-solving and change management
- the ability to contribute to a team objective
- commercial awareness and business acumen
- the ability to understand and respond to user/customer requirements
- project management experience
- planning and organisation
- negotiation and influencing.
The development of these skills allows you to interpret employers' informational needs and translate them into business applications, working with a range of other specialists such as computer programmers, software engineers, computer scientists and business analysts.
Completing a Masters in information systems will sharpen the skills you've developed through your degree. There may be options to specialise, for example in health information systems.
PhDs are available in areas such as operations management and information systems, and computer science and information systems.
Relevant professional qualifications are also available in IT and business areas.
Regular training in technical products is important and is offered by product suppliers and ICT training providers. Taking additional courses, especially with market leaders, can help with career progression.
For more information on further study and to find a course that interests you, see Masters degrees and search postgraduate courses in information systems and networking.
What do information systems graduates do?
More than three-quarters of information systems graduates are employed six months after graduation. Four of the top five jobs held by graduates are related to IT and include programmers and software developers, IT user-support technicians, IT and telecommunications professionals, and IT business analysts, architects and systems designers.
Almost 9% are undertaking further study or combining part-time study and work. This may be to develop an area of expertise or to broaden their career options.
|Working and studying||2.4|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Retail, catering and bar work||9.7|
|Business, HR and financial||10.7|
|Secretarial and numerical clerks||6|
Find out what other graduates are doing six months after finishing their degrees in What Do Graduates Do?