Graduates of an exciting new honours degree programme in business information systems – which has yet to take its first intake of students – are already in demand from employers, according to its course leader. Offered by Waterford Institute of Technology’s (WIT) School of Business, digitalisation is at the core of the four-year degree.

The Bachelor of Business (Hons) in Business Information Systems (BIS) was co-developed with national and international industry representatives to ensure that graduates are prepared for current and future business information systems roles across multiple industries.

Dr Aidan Duane, a lecturer at WIT’s School of Business says that already employers have contacted him seeking graduates of the BIS degree. “This demand will continue for the foreseeable future as business digitalization skills embedded in business knowledge, and complemented by communication skills, problem-solving capabilities, and critical thinking are the graduate characteristics most sought after by organisations.”

“My message to parents and students who have an interest in business and technology, is that this course educates today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs. It enables a bright, productive, and prosperous career for graduates. The skills and knowledge attained will open the door for graduates to the ‘jobs of tomorrow’, a reflection of the ‘top 15 skills for 2025’ and indeed the ‘top 20 job roles increasing in demand across industries’ as identified by the World Economic Forum The Future of Jobs Report 2020,” he adds.

It is one of the courses that prospective students, parents and guardians can find out about as part of the WIT Talks series. The School of Business at WIT is running a live panel discussion, broadcasting live from 7pm on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at Presented by staff and students from WIT’s School of Business attendees will learn more about courses, study abroad options, and career opportunities.

Dr Duane explains students will graduate with a thorough knowledge of new technologies, business knowledge, communication skills and experience as BIS professionals to drive digital transformation across all industries, nationally and internationally.

From a long-term graduate career development perspective, he says, digital transformation sets new demands on the leadership of organisations. “There has been a wave of new senior positions with titles such as Chief Digital Officer, Digital Evangelist, Innovation Officer and Chief Digital Innovation Officer. These experienced roles demand real hybrid skills in science, technology and business capabilities and this trend is likely to continue as technology is increasingly embedded in business functions and processes across companies and sectors. Graduates with an entrepreneurial desire are also empowered to pursue their ambitions to start up their own company.”

“Digital transformation connects a range of existing and new technologies to create value including the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Data Visualization, Cloud Computing, Distributed Ledger Technologies, and the Mobile Web,” says Dr Duane.

The BBS in BIS focuses on high-level ICT skills and knowledge embedded in a business context, thus reinforcing the emphasis placed on “hybrid” business and technology skills development. Thus, in addition to the technology modules on the BBS in BIS, modules such as accounting, economics, business maths, statistics, law, management, operations, supply chain management, reflect the need for the co-alignment of business information systems strategy and organization strategy.

Furthermore, modules in business research and communication skills, organisational psychology, teams and diversity, and social psychology emphasise the critical people and management skills required of a BIS professional. Modules in new business creation, start-up lab, lean practice, small business management, and sustainable development also embed entrepreneurial knowhow.

He adds that graduates equipped with this hybrid skill set are an important condition for the competitiveness and the innovation capabilities of the European and national economies according to the Government funded Expert Group on Future Skills Needs.

“The BBS in BIS develops graduates with skills and knowledge in high-level ICT skills and business acumen which can be applied across all industry sectors in Ireland and internationally.”

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