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Career Information for Parents

Helping Your Child Make the "Big" Decision

Choosing a career is a big decision for both a student and his/her parents. Planning for the future is not something your student will do once. It's an ongoing process.

There are many things to consider when choosing a career and we feel a degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) would be an excellent career choice for your child because:

High placement rate Information systems are more strategically important now than ever and individuals who understand information systems and business are in high demand. Our MIS students have a placement rate of 95% within two months of graduation!
High salaries Top MIS graduates command very competitive salaries.  The average total compensation for IT jobs is around $120,640 (Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-2013 Edition)
Job satisfaction Management Information Systems professionals make a significant contribution to the competitiveness and well-being of the organizations in which they work. They also help people and interact with a variety of personalities and levels of management/staff.
Fun MIS majors are intelligent and dynamic people who can interface well with both humans and machines. They enjoy working with people and are able to communicate well.
Challenge The rapid rate of change in the information systems world provides professionals with constant opportunities to learn and grow.

To help you further – we have provided additional resources, articles, and ideas below to make this important decision an informed one.

What is MIS?
Click here to find out about what exactly MIS is, including the difference between MIS and CS (computer science), addressing the myth of all the IS and IT jobs going to India or China, kind of people that pursue an MIS degree, kind of jobs that MIS graduates go into, and how long will MIS jobs be around.

UofA Career Services for Parents

UA Career Resources for Parents:
A plethora of resources and services offered to parents including job outlook, salary information, and parent and student role guides.


The Role of Parents in Student's College Choices, March 4, 2008

A choice to attend a post secondary education is one of the most important decisions adolescents make during their high school career. Institutions, activities, experiences, and individuals can all influence students’ college choice. Parents contribute significantly to that decision. Parents can be a positive influence on students’ college choice by providing support for higher academic achievement and post secondary trajectory.

Introducing the “Millenial:” What To Expect from Your College Student
University Parent, by Sarah Schupp, June 24, 2008

Your “soon to be” college freshman belongs to a generation now referred to as “millenial.” Even if you happen to be one of the lucky ones who has had a virtually stress free parenting experience, you might want to buckle your seat belt. This could get bumpy. Anticipate phone calls reporting, “I’m out of toilet paper…” their tone will assume you may want to do something about this. You won’t be alone.

10 Tips for Parents of Prospective College Students, by Marcia B. Harris and Sharon L. Jones

Here you will find information on choosing a career and a major or minor, obtaining marketing skills, leadership skills, experience, graduating early and/or late, planning for graduate college, taking time off and using the college’s career services.

Career Planning Process: (adapted from

The career planning process has three steps that your student will cycle through and repeat throughout his or her working life.

By following the steps below, young people can make informed career decisions. As a parent, you can help them explore their options and discover what it will take to reach their goals.

Step One: Know yourself (Evaluate yourself—your interests, abilities, and work values). 

Step Two: Explore options and choose a direction (Gather information to consider career options that relate to what you know about yourself).
Step Three: Make plans and take action (Consider issues that can affect your plans and take appropriate actions to accomplish your goals). 

MIS Career Planning Process

For additional information, please contact us.