What Can I Do with a Major in Information Systems?
The Information Systems Major at KU:
The curriculum is designed to give students both a broad liberal arts background and a strong professional education. You'll gain a solid foundation in the various business disciplines and gain an understanding of the effective use of information technology in business or other organizational settings. Specialized course work includes introductory programming, database management, and system analysis and design. You’ll also study computer networking, project management in an information technology environment, and information security. We encourage you to participate in field trips, experiential learning activities, and to develop your leadership skills through student organizations like the Information Systems Association of KU (ISAK).
Career Paths in Information Systems:
Information Systems (also termed Information Technology by some) is a dynamic career field focused on the employment of various information technologies in ways that help achieve the strategic goals and operational objectives of businesses or other organizations. Information technologies have increasingly become woven into the fabric of the most value adding processes in organizations, creating a demand for skilled individuals who can think in terms of the company’s business, technology, and organizational or “people” strategies in a way that ensures each is aligned with and reinforcing of the other two.
An information systems graduate will possess the skills and insights needed to understand both business processes and the technologies available to support them. Success in information systems in businesses or other entities and, therefore, in the information systems major requires analytical skills, logic and creativity, as well as excellent interpersonal and communication abilities.
Primary Areas of Employment for Information Systems Majors:
Opportunities for employment in the information systems/information technology career field are many and varied. Virtually every organization, businesses in all industries, government entities, or not-for-profit groups, depends to some degree on information technology and, as a result, adds to the aggregate demand for information systems professionals. Some positions are more technical than analytical, and some organizations choose to place entry level employees in these sorts of positions to “learn the ropes.”
In other cases, companies will place the new team member in a business or process analyst role under the supervision of a veteran manager. Consulting firms, expert in providing information systems-related solutions to their clients, are another likely area of employment for an information systems graduate. Whatever the role and whatever the specific technology involved, the focus will be on the value-adding integration of information technology into the business or other organization.
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- Get experience through an internship or other relevant part-time or summer work.
- Conduct informational discussions with individuals from industry. The Alumni Directories in the BCS provide a great place to start.
- Participate in a job shadowing experience through Jayhawks on the Job or a company visit through an End of Week Excursion. Both are programs coordinated through the BCS.
- Attend the ISAK Mixer, Consulting Career Conversations and Business Career Fair events each September to talk with hiring organizations and industry representatives from Information Systems.
- Join the Information Systems Association of KU (or ISAK) or other student organizations that provide a means to learn more about companies and career opportunities.
- Seek leadership opportunities on campus. Build and polish skills through active participation.
- Engage in personal networking to enhance employment prospects.
- Seek exposure to as many technologies as possible, even at a familiarization rather than proficiency level.
- Develop personal skills including: customer focus, problem solving, self-direction, team orientation, analysis, and research.
Additional information on careers in information systems is available at Business Career Services in 1130 Capitol Federal Hall. For further information, students are encouraged to review the following resources: