The majority of organisations depend on the design, implementation and management of IT. As an information systems graduate, you will possess skills for a diverse range of sectors and roles...
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Actuarial analyst
- Application analyst
- Business analyst
- Data analyst
- Database administrator
- Information systems manager
- IT consultant
- IT technical support officer
- Multimedia programmer
- Network engineer
- Systems analyst
- Systems developer
- UX analyst
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
- Applications developer
- Geographical information systems officer
- IT sales professional
- Management consultant
- Project manager
- SEO specialist
- UX designer
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
Aside from your degree, a range of 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 the ability to understand and communicate the business benefits of IT.
Global companies may also be interested in work experience you have gained 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 variety of potential employers is vast.
Recruiters in the private sector include:
- ICT consultancy firms;
- software houses;
- ICT service providers;
- telecom companies.
Employers in the not-for-profit and public sectors include:
- local and central government;
- secondary, further and higher education;
- the NHS.
Typical employers within the ICT sector include IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, Cisco, Logica and Oracle.
Skills for your CV
An information systems degree provides you with core transferable skills, including:
- ability to adapt to a changing environment;
- ability to contribute to a team objective;
- problem-solving and change management skills;
- commercial awareness and business acumen;
- ability to understand and respond to user/customer requirements;
- project management experience;
- planning and organisational skills;
- negotiation and influencing skills.
At a technical level, it also equips you with specific technical skills in:
- hardware, software and programming;
- SAP business software applications;
- Visual Basic, C++ and Java.
Research areas for postgraduates are wide and varied but may include:
- 'design and build' projects;
- data analysis to provide interoperability between systems;
- website development and evaluation;
- web search evaluation.
Relevant professional qualifications are also available in business and IT areas.
Regular training in technical products is important and will be offered by product suppliers and ICT training providers. Taking additional courses, especially with market leaders will aid career progression.
What do information systems graduates do?
Over 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.
Around 8% 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?