Step­ping stone for stude ts to work in var­i­ous fields

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THE de­mands of carv­ing out a ca­reer in the 21st cen­tury prom­ise to make the jour­ney a tough one. This is es­pe­cially true in the busi­ness world, where the use of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy (IT) is no longer sep­a­rate but in­ter­de­pen­dent.

Aware of this, Monash Uni­ver­sity Malaysia’s Mas­ter of Busi­ness In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (MBIS) pro­gramme has been de­signed to in­te­grate niche busi­ness and IT ar­eas for stu­dents with or with­out an IT back­ground.

“The world is very com­pet­i­tive. Hence, we need mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ex­perts who have knowl­edge in dif­fer­ent do­mains, in­clud­ing the busi­ness and IT sec­tors,” says Dr Jas­bir Kaur Dhali­wal, lec­turer and MBIS co­or­di­na­tor at the School of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, Monash Uni­ver­sity Malaysia.

She adds that mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary ex­perts can con­quer blind spots that can­not be re­solved by sin­gle-do­main ex­perts.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr Jas­bir, the MBIS course pre­pares stu­dents to use IT to tackle busi­ness prob­lems and work in ar­eas such as busi­ness in­for­ma­tion re­search, project man­age­ment and con­sul­tancy.

Can­di­dates with­out an IT back­ground can en­rol in fun­da­men­tal units such as In­tro­duc­tion to Busi­ness In­form on Sys­tems and Foun­da­tions of Pro­gram­ming be­fore mov­ing on to ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als.

“The pro­gramme has two tra stu­dents have the op­tion of branch­ing in he re­search stream or the in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ence stream, de­pend­ing on the cand ate’s area of in­ter­est,” says Dr Jas­bir, adding that stu­dents can en­rol in the pro­gramme on a full-time (two years) or part-time (four y Stu­dents with an IT back­groun an com­plete the pro­gramme in on nd a half years.

Pre­vi­ous stu­dents have emba pro­gramme for dif­fer­ent rea­sons, in­clud­ing to en­hance their knowl­edge for ca­reer pro­gres­sion and, for those who are keen on re­search, to pur­sue their PhD af­ter com­plet­ing the MBIS.

Speak­ing about ca­reer op­tions for grad­u­ates, Dr Jas­bir ex­plains that the pro­gramme is a step­ping stone for stu­dents to work in var­i­ous in­dus­tries ei­ther lo­cally or abroad, as the skills and knowl­edge ac­quired are in high de­mand.

Some of the fields grad­u­ates can en­ter are cloud data cen­tres, hu­man re­source anal­y­sis, food, cloth­ing and com­pa­nies han­dling trend anal­y­sis, de­pend­ing on their area of in­ter­est.

A study car­ried out by Kelly Ser­vices shows that the monthly salaries for high­de­mand jobs such as lead soft­ware de­vel­oper and soft­ware de­vel­op­ment man­ager with five to 12 years of ex­pe­ri­ence can range from RM9,000 to RM15,000 and RM12,000 to RM18,000 re­spec­tively.

Project di­rec­tors or SAP team leads with more than eight years of ex­pe­ri­ence can pocket min­i­mum salaries of around RM15,000 or RM18,000 re­spec­tively.

Monash con­sis­tently ranks among the top 1% of uni­ver­si­ties in the world and was 48th in the world for en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy in the Times Higher Ed­u­ca­tion World Uni­ver­sity Rank­ings 2014-2015.

With an MBIS de­gree from one of Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious uni­ver­si­ties, stu­dents can go any­where in the world.

Dr Jas­bir says that Monash Uni­ver­sity

aysia’s M ter of ness In­for­ma­tion Sys­tems (MBIS) pre­pares in­di­vid­u­als with or with­out an IT back­ground to take up mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary roles.

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