Journal of the Midwest Association for Information Systems (JMWAIS)


Organizations are constantly seeking college graduates with IT and digital skills. This shortage of IT talent is cited as a barrier to implementing emerging technologies at many organizations. Nevertheless, when asked why they are taking an Introduction to IS class, students respond with, “this class is required.” This paper describes how a career day, job fair, and day-in-the-life were combined to create an IS Career Day in a Class. During this session, college students engage with IT hiring managers, IT recruiters, recent information systems alums, and current students with internships to understand the academic and career pathways available through the information systems program. This paper also addresses stereotypes around diversity and coding. Quantitative and qualitative data were collected to understand student interest in IS and to provide feedback about the event.




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