To explore the possible reasons for declining numbers of student registrations in tertiary education programmes in Information Systems, a questionnaire was administered to final year students in a South African and a New Zealand university. Student perceptions of skills development during the tertiary educational experience, the time and effort required to obtain those skills, and the relative importance of those skills were explored. Using Spearman’s rank- correlation procedure, it was found that there was considerable agreement on the skills acquired and the importance of those skills, with lesser agreement on the time and effort spent on obtaining those skills.