A Content Analysis of Australian IS Early Career Job Advertisements

  • Mary Anne Kennan Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
  • Patricia Willard Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
  • Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
  • Concepción S. Wilson Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
Keywords: IS Careers, IS knowledge and skills, IS job advertisements

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding of the knowledge, skills and competencies demanded of early career information systems graduates in Australia. Job advertisements from 2006 were collected and investigated using content analysis software to determine the frequencies and patterns of occurrence of specific requirements. There was a high demand for technical knowledge and competencies as well as communication skills. A core cluster of IS knowledge and skills emerged which appear to be in demand across a wide variety of jobs. Issues raised include the role of entry level positions in the preparation of their incumbents for future more senior positions. The findings add an Australian perspective to the literature on information systems job ads and should be of value to educators.

Author Biographies

Mary Anne Kennan, Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
Information Systems, Technology and Management Australian School of Business University of New South Wales PhD Candidate and Research Officer
Patricia Willard, Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
Information Systems, Technology and Management Australian School of Business University of New South Wales Consultant
Dubravka Cecez-Kecmanovic, Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
Information Systems, Technology and Management Australian School of Business University of New South Wales Professor and Head of School
Concepción S. Wilson, Information Systems, Technology and Management, Australian School of Busienss, University of New South Wales
Information Systems, Technology and Management Australian School of Business University of New South Wales Visiting Associate Professor
Published
2009-05-01
How to Cite
Kennan, M. A., Willard, P., Cecez-Kecmanovic, D., & Wilson, C. S. (2009). A Content Analysis of Australian IS Early Career Job Advertisements. Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 15(2). https://doi.org/10.3127/ajis.v15i2.455
Section
Research Articles