Information Systems Department

Career Planning Advice for IS Majors

 

Check out the UMSL Career Services Office

General Information
The Job Search Process
The Marketplace
Employment/Career Fairs
Opportunity Listings
Career Paths
Resumes
Interviewing
Working a Career Fair
General Information

ACM Career Articles of Interest
ACM's Career Reference Shelf
Career Builder
Career Magazine
Career Overview
Career Guide
1st Steps in the Hunt
Steve Lodin's Employment Resources On the Internet
Wetfeet.com

The Job Search Process

UMSL Career Planning and Placement Office

Career Fields

Careers Advice pages from the Wall Street Journal
Finding a Job
Finding Great Developers
The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing (version 3.0)
How to Conduct an Effective Job Search
How to Develop Opportunities Through Networking
JobTrak Job Manual
Company Information
Researching Employers
The Sanity Check

Successful Interviewing
Making Decisions and Negotiating Details

The Marketplace

From monstertrackTech Internships: The New Must-Have, by Allan Hoffman -- to read more about internships, try here.

Re-examining your IT career options from ComputerWorld, January 25, 2005.

From ACM TechNews, August 28, 2002
"Technical Degrees Still Command Highest Salaries"
Internet.com (08/23/02); Pace, Chris
Students that possess undergraduate and graduate technical degrees usually earn the highest starting salaries, compared to those with degrees in other fields, according to the most recent New York Times Job Market (NYTJM) survey. The poll finds that undergraduate degree holders can receive starting salaries between $38,000 and $52,000 per year, while graduate degree holders can earn between $55,000 and $78,000 per year. For students who are already enrolled or who intend to enroll at a college/university in the next year, technical degrees are second only to business degrees, which reflects job seekers' belief that the latter are essential to getting a good position. However, respondents said that simply owning a certain degree does not ensure a job: To truly qualify, undergraduates must also demonstrate strong ethics, multitasking and teamwork skills, strategic thinking, and a tolerance for doing grunt work. Meanwhile, successful graduates are expected to possess functional work experience or specific industry work experience. Hiring managers suggested that students will increase their chances of getting hired if they are involved in on-campus courses, internships, extracurricular activities, work/study, and research that involve a demonstration of leadership. 

Part 1: A Seller's Market For Tech Jobs

Part 2: Cultivating a New Crop of Workers.

There are also questions and answers about careers in high tech jobs.

Employment/Career Fairs


Employment Opportunities Listings

American Jobs
Career Jet
Jobs.NET
Helpwanted.Com: searchable index of job listings.
NationJob Network: Emphasizes opportunities in the Midwest.
Net-Temps: Online Job Search Center
The Monster Track: Searchable index of high tech companies.
Dice Inc.'s Tech Job Site
Recruiting Bee
Tech-Centric.net

Career Paths

What is the difference between IS and Computer Science?
What Does a Systems Analyst Really Do?

Careers in Science and Engineering, A Student Planning Guide To Graduate School and Beyond

The Changing Role of IS Certifications

Resumes 

Designing Your Resume
Effective Resume Writing
Resume Writing Help
Resume Support
Business Communications Protocol & Correspondence Tips

Interviewing


ACM Personalized Career Help: CareerLine
Steps to Successful Interviewing

Working a Career Fair