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Combine your interest in business, organisations and entrepreneurship with an understanding of how information systems are a vital part of organisations.
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If you are interested in computing, but would rather work with people than machines, would rather reach out to clients than sit at a computer writing code, or prefer creativity to mathematics, then the information systems major could be the right choice for you.
Information systems underpin all aspects of our lives, whether we are working, studying or at leisure. We spend more and more of our time online using the Web, mobile apps and all manner of internet-connected devices (the ‘Internet of Things’).
All around us systems like transport,manufacturing,banking and farming are increasingly ‘wired’ and automated. More and more data is being created daily (‘Big Data’). This changes the way that government agencies and businesses process and apply information about their products, services, customers and citizens. Such systems are not only about technology. Their success depends on their designers having an expert understanding of computer software and hardware and the social, human and organisational contexts of these systems.
Massey leads New Zealand in computer science education and is the only university in New Zealand to offer both data science and information technology majors in an undergraduate programme.
A report by Absolute IT showed that IT employers are seeking increasing numbers of staff. In Auckland alone 75% of IT employers are planning to recruit additional staff and contractors in 2016. The majority of the hiring is taking place because of increased demand and new projects.
The research showed that high demand areas are now software development, business analysis, project management and data/database. These are the key areas of information sciences you can study through the Bachelor of Information Sciences at Massey.
An information systems professional understands how information systems must be invented and designed to meet the needs of people in real world situations.
When you study information systems at Massey you will gain skills in practical technical areas, such as how to create interactive websites or how to use databases to manage corporate data.You will also learn the essential soft skills of working with the users of IT systems, learning to understand their needs and how systems can be designed to meet them. You will understand the impact of ICT from an enterprise perspective, seeing how information systems are part of the larger mission of an organisation. You will learn about computer systems not just from the perspective of the system developer, but from the perspective of the manager, the administrator, the salesperson and the entrepreneur.
There is a shortage of people with the skills that you will gain - as an information systems graduate you will be sought-after by employers around the world.
“The information systems major had the right mix of technical and business knowledge I needed to excel in what I wanted to do…”
I had no idea what I wanted to do after high school. I knew that further studies were important and something in computers would probably interest me. To meet university entrance requirements, I spent a year at polytechnic and completed a Diploma in Information and Communication Technology. During that year I got a small taste of programming and system development which I found immensely rewarding.
The following year I decided to continue studying and began looking into universities in Auckland. I read through the Massey prospectus and had many insightful conversations with the very helpful course advisor. Together, we identified my desire to learn more about system development and programming and that I also wanted to know more about business, and in particular, strategy, as one day I hope to start my own company.
The personal contact and guidance was one of the main reasons I made the decision to go to Massey over the other options. For the first time I felt like I had a clear idea of exactly what I wanted to learn and later pursue as a career. With these ideas I decided on the information systems major as it had the right mix of technical and business knowledge I needed to excel in what I wanted to do.
Finding this match between my interests and what I was studying, coupled with some really dedicated staff at Massey, really made me enjoy, engage and succeed in learning, something I had previously struggled with. On top of my academic success, I also found the Massey social scene to be vibrant and great fun. In my second, and subsequent years, I was a Uni Guide, introducing and helping new students around campus. This was a great experience and I made friends who, even now, years later, are still close friends.
The high industry demand combined with a general shortage of skilled programmers means that finding a job was relatively easy (I was hired literally a few days after I finished my exams on the promise that I would pass the last few exams). Furthermore, most companies put a lot of effort into making their employees comfortable and happy and pay very well. At Trade Me we are quite spoilt and have video games, table tennis, pool, free lunches, slides between building levels and lots of activities organised for us. This is fairly common in the industry.
Overall I couldn't be happier with my job and career. I have a great work environment, colleagues, projects to work on and going to work every day is never something I dread. My education at Massey is a big contributor to my success, both in my career and in my own personal development but even more importantly, it gave me the initial guidance and direction that I needed to identify and pursue what I really wanted to do.
Knowing the potential of information systems and having the ability to put this knowledge to work can result in a successful personal career, organisations that reach their goals and a high quality of life.
This qualification is well-suited to those interested in a career in management or administration in a technical environment.
Some examples of professional careers that could lead on from this qualification include:
There are a huge number of job opportunities in this area worldwide. Check out the SEEK website for the around 2000 ICT careers available in New Zealand at any one time.
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