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Studying Information Systems in Business provides an opportunity to develop skills needed to understand the potential of technology and are able to communicate effectively with technology specialists. It produces ICT aware managers and business analysts who understand the potential of technology and will be able to apply the ICT skills and concepts acquired in this major worldwide to any industry and organisation. Specialisation in Information Systems is increasingly popular with employers as new communication and collaboration techniques are developed that are re-shaping the contemporary organisation. The use of information systems in business is now universal and ICT has become a central component of all aspects of business as well as a major strategic resource.
Areas of study include digital communication, information technology basics; multimedia and the Internet, electronic commerce, systems and software development, database management and consumer behaviour, advanced information handling, project management, contemporary issues in information technology, human resource development, industrial marketing management, knowledge management, and organisational structures and design.
The Business Project elective is available to Bachelor of Business students which involves working on a real world organisational issue with a local business.
As part of the information systems in business major you will have the opportunity to complete the project management course which was developed in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Project Managers (AIPM) and is endorsed by the AIPM. Completing this course will allow you to satisfy the knowledge requirements defined by the AIPM for the levels “Certified Practising Project Practioner”
Some jobs require additional qualifications at Honours level. Honours is a one year stand-alone program, completed after successfully fulfilling the requirements of the undergraduate degree. View Bachelor of Business (Honours).
Some occupations require a higher level of completed study than an undergraduate degree, and for this reason it is worthwhile considering the range of postgraduate study options available. Postgraduate study may also be useful for specialising in a particular area, or to stimulate career change. Some of the postgraduate study options following the Bachelor of Business include:
Postgraduate coursework programs can add further specialisations in areas including business, safety, quality assurance and teaching. To explore such options please visit the Postgraduate Handbook.
The following list provides some example jobs for Information Systems graduates. Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.
- Business Analyst/Consultant
- Business Development Manager
- Business Intelligence Developer
- Business Process Analyst/Operations Research Analyst
- Change Management Consultant
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Computer Programmer
Getting the Edge
Most employers seek to recruit people who have relevant work experience and an appreciation for their industry. Here is a check list of ideas about gaining experience and industry knowledge.
- Check the type of experience most employers in your field of interest expect. Don’t overlook the part time work you may be currently doing. Most employers understand that the skills are transferrable even if the work is not in their industry.
- Check your academic program for any courses that involve a placement or the opportunity to undertake an industry based project.
- Check your school for Summer Scholarships for research opportunities.
- Check vacancy sites for advertised traineeships, part time employment and vacation work opportunities in your field.
- Source and approach organisations directly about possible work shadowing or information interview opportunities.
- Source and approach organisations directly for paid work opportunities.
- Consider volunteering.
Note: Gaining experience may be important but not at the expense of your studies. Make sure you do not overload your timetable with unrealistic work commitments.
Employment opportunities exist in a wide variety of industries within small, medium and large oranisations for Information Systems graduates. Below is an example of some major organisations which formally target graduates with qualifications in Information Systems.
- Accenture Australia Ltd (International)
- Aurecon (International)
- Boral (Australia)
- BP (International)
- CSIRO (Australia)
- Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) (Australia)
- Deloitte (Australia)
- Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (Australia)
- Department of Health and Ageing (Australia)
Some large organisations have specific graduate recruitment programs designed to employ the pick of graduates each year. You must be in your final year of study or recently completed to apply for these programs. The timing of these recruitment drives varies and may occur at any point in the academic year, in some cases starting as early as the first few weeks of the first semester or trimester.
Find out if employers in your area/s of interest have graduate programs, when they typically recruit and what recruitment methods they use. Check with the Careers Service .
Job Prospects and Salary
For up-to-date information please see Job Outlook Australia. This site provides basic Australian labour market information including job prospects, skills requirements and salaries. You might try some of the classifications below as a guide on this site.
Societies and Associations
Associations and societies often provide relevant and up to date information about a variety of issues relating to specific industry sectors. These can be a good starting point to learn more about occupations through profiles, industry news, links to academic journals and information on research developments. Many also offer student membership, conference and professional development activities, newsletters and the opportunity to participate in projects.
- American Association of Webmasters (International)
- Australian Computer Society (Australia)
- Australian Electronic Business Network (Australia)
- Australian Information Industry Association (Australia)
Don’t overlook student societies and associations. As well as student chapters of professional associations, some faculties or schools have discipline based student associations. Check your school or faculty web site; perhaps you might start one if one doesn’t exist.
Some academic disciplines run Seminar Programs that involve regular seminars presented by University of Newcastle academics, visiting academics and postgraduate students. Check your schools website for the timetable.
Job Search Sites
Searching job sites is a good way to gain an understanding of: industries recruiting professionals in this field; types of roles and the requirements or expectations of employers for these roles. There are many online job search sites, here are a few to start with:
Australian and International
- CareerHub: the University of Newcastle Careers Service careers and job search site for enrolled students and graduates.
- CareerOne: Australia wide job listings, all levels and industries including executive positions
- MyCareer: Australian and international listings
- Seek: comprehensive Australian job listings, also includes New Zealand and UK listings
- The Big Chair: Management and Executive Jobs
Graduate attributes for the Bachelor of Business are the skills, abilities and knowledge that are highly sought after by a broad range of employers. Below is the complete list of attributes that graduates will have demonstrated upon the completion of the degree.
Graduates of the Bachelor of Business will demonstrate:
- A fundamental knowledge of accounting, financial management, economics, organisational theory, information technology and value chains, business law, marketing, the political environment, and strategy.
- Advanced specialized knowledge in at least one of the disciplines: supply chain management, human resource management, international business, management, marketing, or tourism.
- Specialised professional skills in their chosen discipline, informed by the ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise both quantitative and qualitative information.
- The ability to work autonomously or collaboratively in a manner that is sensitive to and tolerant of diversity, and informed by critical and adaptive thinking.
- Awareness of social and cultural issues within local, national, and international spheres of business operations.
- Awareness of the standards necessary for appropriate professional practice and ethical conduct and an understanding of how to implement such standards.
- A capability for life-long, self-directed learning, informed by exposure to different paradigms and experiences.
- The capacity to contribute positively to the development of organisations through the process of research and inquiry.
- Effective written and verbal communication of their specialised knowledge.