Where on Earth would finance firms, banks and consultancies be without information systems? In this fast-paced, globalised business world, businesses need to invest in the very best, cutting edge technology to keep ahead of the game and running as efficiently as they can.
What’s involved in information systems?
Information systems covers a huge variety of technical areas within a company. Everything from the applications that allow employees to do their jobs to the supporting technology around it that enables people to communicate and access information from wherever they are.
Information systems experts maintain and develop complex and extensive IT systems, networks, software and hardware, from servers to mobile devices like phones and tablets. They work with various internal departments of the business. Alongside this maintenance and development work, these experts maintain the highest security levels and make sure everything is up and running 24/7.
If you’re a technology fiend, then this may well be the way forward for you! Information systems professional get to work with some of the world’s most cutting edge technology on a day-to-day basis and collaborate with some of the biggest names in technology development.
It’s not just about being a whizz with computers and high tech devices. Infrastructure experts have to explain to non-technology minded folk about how things work and introduce new devices and applications to other staff in ways that don’t boggle minds! They need to have a strong understanding of what individuals at the firm actually do, for instance investment/portfolio managers. They need to listen to their needs and come up with applications which serve those needs. So business awareness, an understanding of the financial markets and the work their users do, plus top communication skills are crucial.
There are graduate programmes available in information systems as a possible entry route into this industry. On a graduate programme it’s likely that you’ll rotate around various different departments, undertaking plenty of training courses along the way, before eventually specialising in a particular area. It’s likely that there will be different pathways for information systems programmes: either applications and software development, or infrastructure in terms of hardware and mobile devices etc.
You won’t necessarily need a technical degree, though it could be an advantage. The main thing is that you’re really keen to learn about technology and work in this area.