What do you think is the biggest misconception about CMIS?
Mark: A big misconception with the CMIS degree is what we do. A lot of people think we sit at a computer all day entering numbers into Microsoft Excel or Word. A CMIS major has to be able to communicate and meet with co-workers, managers, and other end users effectively so that the desired outcome of a project is achieved.
Do you think you will use the concepts you are learning in your classes for your job in the business world?
Mark: Through my internship experiences I can guarantee that the classes necessary to achieve a CMIS degree do not go to waste. I have used pieces of every class to perform the duties that were asked of me during my internships. My first internship was at The ROHO Group and I did a second internship at Anheuser-Busch.
Within the CMIS program, have the required business classes (economics, finance, marketing…etc) been of benefit?
Mark: The business classes required by the School of Business are very beneficial. Instead of just receiving a computer degree, I also have knowledge of other business related subjects. Understanding what is going on around me in other departments helps me on the job. For instance, if I am working on a project that involves the Accounting and Marketing departments, I have an understanding of their needs and can communicate effectively with them.
What makes the CMIS degree more attractive than other degrees?
Mark: The demand for business analysts and developers is on the rise and is a necessity for a company to have. Also, the jobs that CMIS majors receive have room for advancement, so one does not have to be locked into a specific job forever. The money is good too!
What type of job do you plan on getting with your CMIS degree?
Mark: I actually just received a full-time job with AT&T in St. Louis that I will start when I graduate in May. I will be an application developer using skills that I learned from the CMIS Java programming course.