Find out where a qualification from the School of Management can take you.
Whilst there are areas of overlap between degrees and jobs, some positions are suited to particular academic specialisations. Students who have taken a degree in information systems may consider roles with a business and people focus such as:
- Software/Web Developer
- Project Manager
- Systems Integrator
- Management Consultant HR
- Sales Support
- Systems Analyst
- Software Trainer
- IT Consultant
- Support Technician
- IT Risk Analyst
- Test Analyst
- Management Consultant
- Business Analyst
- Database Administrator
If you are considering combining Information Systems with another degree, as many do, there are even more employment possibilities. A careers or course adviser can help you to explore your options.
Skills that employers look for
A degree in Information Systems gives graduates a foundation on which they can build and keep up with the play. Hardware and software may change but the underlying principles stay the same. Employers look to hire people who want to keep learning new skills and to apply those principles to evolving technology. Whilst good grades and technical skills are important, employers also look for:
- Learning agility - the ability to constantly and proactively update technical knowledge and skills and quickly apply that learning to new situations.
- Interpersonal skills - the ability to listen, influence and manage people in both team and leadership roles and build strong relationships.
- Communication skills - excellent grasp of technical information and industry jargon but also the ability to explain complex ideas in simple terms.
- Analysis - being a sharp thinker; drawing on technical skills, people knowledge and commercial awareness to grasp key issues, explore options and identify appropriate solutions.
- Problem solving - persistence and confidence in the face of what may seem insurmountable problems and impossible deadlines. Resourcefulness and good judgement in handling difficult situations.
- A ‘can do’ attitude - a reluctance to say "this is impossible" just because it’s never yet been done; a commitment to new learning.
- Initiative - the ability to challenge how things are done and think laterally, proposing new ideas.
- Commercial awareness - an understanding of how technology supports the objectives of individuals and organisations.
- Life experience - what candidates have done in their lives outside of education so far.
Check out the Career View for Information Systems, for career and employment information for prospective and current students, graduates and friends in the community.