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I have just earned my degree in Computer Information Systems--a blend of computer science and business administration.
My major courses were in accounting, finance, marketing and operations management. I am confused as to which career path would fully utilize both the computer science and business parts of my degree.
My personal interest is towards databases or any related field.
What field would you suggest I pursue?
What is the best path to pursue in that field, considering I am a fresh graduate without any field experience?
If I pursue certifications to strengthen my resume (since I don’t have any experience), which certifications would you recommend that would help me break into the industry?
Career advice from Richard Talbot, general manager of IT recruitment specialist, Sapphire Technologies Singapore: Thank you for your question. Your degree in Computer Information Systems would seem to suit you towards a role as a functional consultant or business analyst within the IT space.
People with your background with a strong business understanding as well as a solid systems understanding generally do well in these types of roles.
To follow a career path focusing on business analysis, you need to select an industry sector such as banking, manufacturing, legal etc. Or if you are interested in choosing a specific software product to specialise in, you need to make that selection (SAP, Oracle, Cognos, Business Objects etc) and look to become a systems functional consultant implementing that product.
Experience is king and training is difficult to find. Choose a sector, research it well, investigate who is a big user in your space and target them for junior roles.
Remember the first job is always the hardest to find so be persistent and you will succeed. Good luck!