BENTLEY UNIVERSITY Careers in Computer Information SystemsBentley’s Class of 2008 CISmajors reported an average starting salary of $65,500.This is 28% greater than the Miller Center for class average! Undergraduate Career Services LaCava Building, 270 (From salary surveys reported at graduation) 781-891-2375
Entry-level positions and internships for CIS majors to considerApplication Analyst implement, coordinate and maintain enterprisewide data architecture; provideSupports a given application or applications. leadership in establishing and documentingThis may include programming, some data standards; create and test databasesystem administration skills, and the ability prototypesto analyze a given problem, diagnose it andfind its root cause, and then either solve it orpass the problem on to the relevant Data Modelerdepartments Analyze organizational data requirementsBusiness Systems Analyst and create logical and physical models ofAnalyze business application requirements data flow; interview key projectfor functional areas such as finance, stakeholders, document findings and makemanufacturing, marketing or human detailed recommendations; work withresources. Analysts write code, test and database administrators and reportingdebug software applications; teams to ensure the availability ofrecommend system changes standard and ad hoc dataand enhancements; reporting in a productiondocument software environment; addressspecifications and train “I feel the strength of being a data-quality issues withusers clients and CIS major is that the courses managementDataAnalyst/Report cover a large spectrum –Writer coding, project management,Analyze complexdata systems and database experience, and Data Securitydocument data networking. Bentley sends out Analyst/Riskelements, data business oriented CIS majors. Analystflow, relationships I had four job offers by Perform securityand dependencies; audits, riskdevelop automated November of my senior year.” assessment andand reusableroutines for extracting (May 2008 Bentley CIS analysis; make recommendations forrequested information graduate) enhancing datafrom database systems, systems security;compile detailed reports research attemptedusing data reporting tools, breaches of data security andand make recommendations rectify security weaknesses;based on findings; work in partnership formulate security policies and procedureswith business analysts, data architects anddatabase developers to build datatransactional and warehousing systems Desktop Support AnalystData Architect Maintain an inventory of installed software,Understand and evaluate business manage software licensing, and createrequirements and translate those into policies and procedures for upgrades; workspecific database solutions; create data with hardware and software vendors todesign models, database architecture and verify timely product delivery and ensuredata repository design; work with the that new equipment is installed and set upsystems and database administration staff to on schedule; analyze and make recommendations for hardware and software standardization; create user accounts and manage access control based on company policies
E-Commerce AnalystAnalyze business and user requirementsand make recommendations regarding thedesign and development of web-based e-commerce solutions; coordinate work withweb designers and other technicalspecialists for the implementation of e-commerce websites; test and evaluate e-commerce site performance and monitor siteanalyticsElectronic Data Interchange (EDI)SpecialistImplement and monitor EDI systems,including data mapping, translation andinterface; coordinate relations and serve asliaison to internal users, vendors and otherexternal partners with respect to datainterchange standards; perform systemtesting and quality control checks; developand maintain EDI documentationHelp Desk Network Security AdministratorTake initial telephone or e-mail inquires and Implement network security policies andtroubleshoot and manage relatively simple procedures; administer and maintainhardware, software or network problems to firewalls; manage, monitor and update virusmore complex issues requiring detailed prevention systems; monitor securitysystems and applications knowledge. advisory groups to ensure all necessaryIT Auditor network security updates; patches andTest and evaluate IT systems and controls preventative measures are in place; performfor conformity with industry standards of intrusion detection analysisefficiency, accuracy and security; provide Quality Assurance Analyst/Testerindependent verification in connection with Develop and execute software test plans;the Statement on Auditing Standards (SAS) identify and facilitate issue resolution withNo. 70 reporting requirements, Sarbanes- functional and technical groups; manageOxley Act compliance and similar software beta test programs; document testregulations; make recommendations for results.systems operations and processimprovements and present them to seniormanagement; develop risk-based auditplansMainframe Systems ProgrammerDesign logic, write code, test and debugmainframe computer applications; install andimplement programs and upgrades;diagnose and resolve problems incoordination with other technical teammembers; document procedures formainframe configuration and operation
What is the best way to obtain a position in the industry?If you have not done so already, getregistered on eRecruiting. For the2007/2008 academic year, there were morethan 1,800 internship positions and almost1,500 full-time opportunities forundergraduates posted on e-Recruiting.There is no more efficient means foridentifying opportunities. However, thisindustry requires students to be especiallyproactive about seeking potentialopportunities on their own. For additionaltips on job search strategies, visit the Centerfor Career Services or attend one of ourworkshops.Get some experience. This is the mosteffective means for obtaining a full-time job.Job shadowing, summer internships(whether paid or unpaid), externships, part-time work during the school year, and evenvolunteering your services are all excellentways to gain resume enhancing experience.Who do you know? Networking is a vitalskill when it comes to the job search.Consider your friends, classmates,upperclassmen, family, friends of the family,faculty, administration, FalconNet…the listgoes on and on! Also, The Center forCareer Services hosts a large number ofnetworking opportunities throughout theyear—you should be at these! Be sure toattend the “CIS Presents” events hosted bythe CIS faculty.Get involved. In addition to students whoare academically strong and have goodwork experience, employers seek studentswho participate in on-campus activities orcommunity service. Join a club, work part-time in Web Services, or be a CIS tutor. Dosomething to demonstrate that you are aneffective leader and team player.
reading periodicals, trade journals, attendingJoin FalconNet - FalconNet enables you to trade shows and anything else you can do toleverage the professional knowledge and stay abreast of your field of interest.experience of your fellow students and Create a portfolio. You need something toalumni. showcase your talents and serve as aWith FalconNet, you will be able to: reminder to both you and the prospective Build professional relationships with employers of that which you are capable. fellow students and alumni that can help Have you redesigned a website or you “get your foot in the door” at top-tier programmed software? A portfolio is an organizations in your specific field of effective tool for cataloguing your interest achievements. Get the real scoop on what internships Be persistent. It is not easy to obtain these and full-time jobs are like at positions, especially in today’s economy. organizations across the country and Unlike some large accounting or throughout the world finance programs, most Be better prepared for interviews by organizations are not hiring learning the types of questions in large numbers and companies ask in a first, second or final so timing can be round of interviews everything. Stick with it—the positions Join professional discussion groups with are out there—you just students and alumni on a wide range of need to find them. topics from majors/minors to salary negotiations Open your mind. Don’t immediately close the door to any opportunity. ThinkTo join, go to www.bentley.edu/falconnet. It you would never want totakes just minutes to fill out a short profile work in Quality Assurance?and get connected to the latest technology Speak to Bentley alumni whoin career building for college students. Be a are doing it right now. Makepart of the FalconNet community and realize sure you understand every rolethe power of networking. before you cross it off your list of potential careers.Stay up-to-date. Computer technology isconstantly changing. You must keep up-to-date with all the recent developments by
Questions will vary depending upon the specific position you are pursuing but, generally speaking, you can expect the interviewer to focus on any or all of these core competencies: Analytical Capabilities, Logic, Detail Oriented, Patience, Multi-Tasking, Team Player, Oral and Written Communication Skills, Customer Service.Sample Interview Questions1. Why are you interested in x? Why this company?2. Give me an example of a time that you created a new technique for an already familiar task.3. Give me an example of a time that you were forced to work under very strict deadlines?4. Give me an example of a time in which you were successful juggling many tasks at the same time. How did you prioritize your work and what was the final outcome?5. Tell me about a time when you had to develop client relationships.6. What role do you typically assume in a team environment?7. If you had committed to attend your mother’s birthday party but found yourself in the middle of an important project, how might you handle this?8. Describe a time at work when you had a significant impact on a situation.9. How have you handled assignments in the past when you have been given little to no information or guidance?10. Why should I hire you over the many other candidates we are currently considering?11. Give me an example of a time in which you were truly creative.12. Give me an example of a time when you had to work with a particularly difficult or irate customer.13. Give me an example of a time in which you received criticism.14. Give me an example of a time when you took a risk and failed.15. Give me an example of a time when you used sound analytical reasoning to resolve a problem.
Selected companies recruiting CIS majors in recent years include:ADVANCED VISUAL SYSTEMS GRANT THORNTONAETNA, INC. HARTE HANKS DATA TECHNOLOGYALLMERICA FINANCIAL IBM CORPORATIONANALOG DEVICES, INC. INTERNODED, INCORPORATEDAOL TIME WARNER BOOK GROUP INTUITATHENAHEALTH.COM JOHN HANCOCK FINANCIAL SERVICESBOSE CORPORATION JOHNSON & JOHNSONBOSTON ARCHITECTURAL CENTER JP MORGAN CHASE & CO.BOSTON CANNONS KPMG, LLPBROWN BROTHERS HARRIMAN & CO. LIBERTY MUTUALCOMPUTER SCIENCE CORPORATION LTX CORPORATIONCORETELLIGENT MEDITECHDELOITTE & TOUCHE LLP MONSTERDELOITTE CONSULTING MORGAN STANLEYDIGITAS OSRAM SYLVANIA, INC.EMC CORPORATION PRICEWATERHOUSECOOPERSEPSILON DATA MANAGEMENT PROTIVITIENTERCOM BOSTON PUTNAM INVESTMENTSERNST & YOUNG LLP RAYTHEON COMPANYEVERYNETWORK SAPIENTEZE CASTLE SOFTWARE SPANTECH SOFTWARE, INC.FIDELITY INVESTMENTS STAPLES, INC.FIRST MARBLEHEAD SUNGARD HIGHER EDUCATIONGARTNER GROUP TERADYNEGENERAL ELECTRIC THE TRAVELERS COMPANIES, INC.GENZYME CORPORATION TRINITY PARTNERS, INC.GILLETTE COMPANY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPGORTONS