I have always been a determined and industrious student. After completion of my high school level, I will join a higher learning institution to pursue a degree course. Even though I have a broad interest in many subjects, I feel greater attraction to the management information systems (MIS) degree. In modern organizations, system development is a key function. Similarly, an introductory course in Systems Analysis and Design remains an important component in MIS degree program. MIS combines the understanding of people, information, technology, and policies to make firms more responsive, well-organized, and successful. The center of attention includes how new technology affects business processes, decision-making, and shifts in companies and communities.
MIS is the study of technology, people, organization, and how they link among each other. A MIS graduate assists an organization in recognizing utmost benefit from investment personnel equipments and business processes. MIS is a people-oriented area, which places weights on services through technology. Technology has been my area of interest since I was young; I believe with a MIS degree, I will improve people lives through technology. The MIS program is made of three areas, namely key concept of Information Technology, Computer Hardware and Software, Project Management, Database Design, Information System, Programming, and Design, Telecommunication and Networking. Moreover, analysis and design require analytical, interpersonal, technical, and communication skills. I believe it is an excellent area of study in business analysis and managing transformations through projects.
Information systems are used at all levels of an organization to gather process and store information. Collectively management distributes this information in form required to perform business daily operations. In business everyone uses information system from one pays the bill to the decision maker. In reality, today business concentrates more on alignment of MIS with business objective to attain competitive advantage in the market.
The work of MIS professional is to create Information systems for data management such as analyzing and storing and as well manage various information systems to meet the needs for clients, staff and management. Since MIS professional interacts with all levels of a business, they play a significant role in fields such as information security and exchange.
Many people have misconception that MIS only concern programming or it is similar to Computer science. However, in MIS curriculum programming is a just a small part. Programming is just foundation concept but most career opportunity of a MIS degree do not utilize programming but largely focus on leadership, project management and team work. MIS degree differ with computer science in that, in computer science student take course that will assist them understand technology such as math’s and physics while MIS student take courses that will assist them understand challenges like accounting and marketing. Computer science focus on technology itself while MIS focus on business application
Students selecting the MIS pathway attend a four-year course in higher learning institution after graduating from high school. The coursework requires one to undertake project management, business process analysis, and managing information and technology for business growth. MIS is an excellent match and catalyst to other concentrations, such as Web-Enabled Business, Business Intelligence, Data Management, and IS Audit.
The coursework, especially the research aspect, has enhanced my skills in collecting and exploring data in order to establish trends and draw conclusions. Moreover, my course has enabled me to advance my capacity to communicate my thoughts explicitly and concisely. My friends frequently meet in the village tavern to compete in quizzes and play football. I enjoy playing football and I am considered the best kicker; hence, I plan to join the football club when I will be a student.
Additionally, one of my friends is pursuing MIS at a local university. Lately, he invited me to their institution. During this tour, my desire of joining campus was strengthened. I was motivated to join them. Since I believe in myself, for sure, I am going to take all the chances the campus will provide to broaden my knowledge on the business field and join clubs and societies.
I read a newspaper article last week only to find that many graduates are jobless, and those who are lucky to find a job are working part-time or are poorly paid. Many people are of the view that many students who major in technology, science, engineering, and mathematics are in a better position when it comes to the labor market. However, I beg to differ because in the past few years the demand for MIS skills has tremendously increased. Projections are extremely strong with MIS graduates dominating the top job roles in the future. In this era, the increased needs for higher-level innovation occupations have been apparent. The usage of web, communication, and database technologies have matured and rapidly extended throughout every area of business practices. The new technologies are being employed innovatively and expansively. Consequently, MIS occupations have expanded, but in a different manner than before because they currently require people skills instead of technical skills. MIS programs are presently opting business analysts than programmers.
As a business analyst, a graduate is in a position to make information technology available to more users and solve many business challenges. A graduate can identify users and consumers setbacks and translate their needs into a technology solution. The analyst provides a key link. The services for MIS are not subject to outsourcing since the analyst has to be rooted to the firm in order to be familiar with business users, their wants, and draw and execute the solution within the walls of the firm’s technology infrastructure. Many of MIS graduates become project managers taking the responsibility of the entire technological projects. Apart from Project Manager, other typical career options for MIS professionals are IT Consultant, Web Developer, Information Systems Manager, Business Intelligence Analyst, Network Administrator, Business Application Developer, Systems Analyst, Technical Support Specialist, Business Analyst, and Systems Developer. I choose to major in MIS profession because of Job satisfaction, High placement rate, High salaries, Exciting field, Challenging field, Hands-on problem solving, Innovation and creativity, Global opportunities, Great chance for advancement, and one can have an impact.