1.  Computer System Analyst.  University Of Connecticut Career Services.

The University of Connecticut Career Service Program describes what a Computer System Analyst job description.  It is very beneficial for those that are interested in System Analysis.  It describes the description of the job, and educational requirements. It continues to go on and discuss the skills necessary to become a successful System Analyst.  According to them, to be a successful System Analyst you have to have good communication and analytical skills, be creative, and persistent.  They continue to mention where system analysts work, what they do, and the average earnings for system analysts.  The most important part of the article is the job outlook section.  They mention that a high demand for information systems personnel is expected for the next five to ten years, and systems analysts will be among the top twenty fastest growing occupations.  The goal of the article is to inform students seeking to enter the computer industry what they are really getting into.  It tells you everything you need to know about being a system analyst.  It is very descriptive, so that you will be able to make the right choice in deciding your future.  They accomplish these goals, because as a student seeking to enter the computer industry it helps me decide if I really want to do it.

2.  Dillon, Hall.  “Financial analysts and personal financial.”  Occupational Outlook   Quarterly.  44.2 (June 2000): 25-26

Hall Dillon’s article “Financial Analysts and personal financial advisors” provides information for students that are interested in Finance.  His article discusses what a financial analyst and personal financial advisor does.  He also mentions that if you want to enter the field of Finance, now is the time.  He goes into detail about the nature of the work by describing everything you would do as a financial analyst.  He emphasizes the most on the job outlook by saying “Employment of financial analysts and personal financial advisors is expected to grow rapidly.”  The rest of the article provides information on the benefits and drawbacks, which is very beneficial for finance students so that they will know what to expect before they enter the business industry.  He continues to talk about the qualification, training, and verification needed to have for financial analyst and personal financial advisors.  The writer accomplishes all of his goals because he wanted to inform college students, like me, what financial analysts daily tasks are, and help students that are interested in finance realize that it is fun and has it benefits.  His article helped me assure myself that I wanted to go into the field of Finance.  I would recommend this article for students that are in the field of finance because it is very helpful in deciding if you really want to do this.

3.  Finance.  UNCW Career Services.  October 2001. 
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In October 2001, the Career Services Program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington released an article that details every possible career choice for finance major.  It mentions the related career title for Finance majors.  It also has links to job listing to help you find a part-time, internship, or co-op job.  It also has information on Career Planning.  The article is very beneficial because it helps you look for a job to gain experience in the field of finance.  It also tells you exactly what profession you can go into if you get a degree in finance.  It also has the skills needed to be successful in any business field.  The University of North Carolina at Wilmington accomplished all of its goals it was setting out to accomplish by providing this information to future business majors.  The one aspect that helped me the most is the Financial Analyst section.  It shows me how to approach the profession, what skills to have, and most important, what to expect about the profession.  It also has links to employers so you can go directly to their website if you interested in employment at the company or want to know more about the company.

4.  Investment Banking: Overview.  Careers-in-Business, LLC. 

This website has been the best source to find information on a career in finance.  It mentions all the aspects of Investment Banking.  It mentions the Skills & Talents, Job Options, and Salaries of Investment Banking.  I would recommend the website to any interested in any aspect of Finance.  The company that created this website accomplished all the goals because the whole website is dedicated to careers in finance.  The best part of the website is the “Life as an Analyst” and “Life as an Associate Section,” because it goes through exactly what you day will be like from morning to night.  It also has links to the top firms in the business industry and the job market outlook for future investment bankers.  The most important fact that the website mention is be ready to work about 50-120hrs/week.  That is what most college students do not expect going into the investment banking profession.  The website also gives you information on when to send your resume to firms, and what to do to get a job.   This was the best source I found on investment banking.  It really helped me research investment banking.  It made it so easy for me to find information. 

5.  Kaul, Amit.  Investment Banking.  Securities Data Corp. and Fortune.  11 Dec. 1995.

Kaul’s website dedicated to Investment Banking is very detailed.  He mentions the skill requirements needed, and what typed of jobs is available.  The most beneficial part of the website is the Interview Section which shows you how to prepare for an interview and has sample interviews with Bankers.  There is a great amount of information on his website.  He basically gets down to the basics of Investment Banking.  It is a future investment bankers dream.  He has a section called Facts & Trends which helps you prepare to get a job and what to do once you get one.  Kaul also mentions that if you want to move up the corporate ladder you have to continue your education.  He recommends that after two to three years of experience go and get you MBA degree because after you MBA degree you are most definitely going to see an increase in salary and benefits.   He accomplishes all the goals that he set out to accomplish.  He makes sure that you are well prepared for the profession.  I am grateful that he took his time to develop this site to help students like me that are interested in investment banking and do not know what to expect.  It really gives us an idea to see if we really want to do it.

6.  Labor Market Information: Computer System Analysts.  California Employment Development Department. 
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The Employment Development Department for the State of California’s article about Computer Systems Analysts is very helpful in making the right career decisions.  The article is about being a computer system analyst.  It goes thought what your job responsibilities would be, the working condition, employment outlook, training, advancement, and finding a job.  It also lists addition sources of information if you want to know more about being a systems analyst.  This article is perfect for those interested in computers but do not know quite what to go into.  It explains everything needed to make the right career decision.  It weighs the pros and cons of being a systems analyst.  The main concentration of this article is the job responsibilities.  It goes into intricate detail to what firms expect you to do on a daily basis.  They mention that employers are looking for people that have the ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.  The Department also mentions that Systems Analysts who show leadership ability also can advance to jobs as managers of systems analysis or data processing departments.  This is very useful for future system analyst because it tells them what they have to do in order to move up the “business ladder.”

7.  Merrefield, David.  “Systems Analysis Needs Wide View.”  Supermarket News.
     4 Feb. 1991.

Merrefield’s article “System Analysis Needs Wide View,” provides information about the job description of Systems Analyst.  The four main job responsibilities are Development of information system strategy, System development, Construction of system architecture, and System operation.  He does not go into great detail about the four main job responsibilities; rather, he talks about how analysts are getting more responsibilities because of the high pay they receive.  He mentions to be prepared for more responsibilities and the best way to prepare is to continuing education after undergraduate studies.  Continuous education will keep you up-to-date on the latest technology trends, etc.  According to Merrefield’s, post-undergraduate studies is the best way to advance in the information systems field.  His article concentrates mostly on the education requirement for analysts.  He mentions that you have to have a good business management background because you have to know how a business runs and the factors that affect the business.  Merrefield’s accomplishes all the goals that he set to establish in the article.  It helped learn that I have to continue my education after undergraduate studies and have a good business management background. After reading this article future analysts will know what to expect when they start working for a company right out of college. 

8.  Schafer, Maria.  “IT worker shortage reaches critical levels: information technology.”   Electric Light & Power  7 September 1999:  26-27.

Schafer’s article “IT worker shortage reaches critical levels: information technology,”
discusses the demand for information technology workers are at an all-time high.   She mentions that in 1997 the IT industry had a demand for one million IT workers, but only 25,000 graduates in 1997 got a degree in information systems.  She mentions that if you are interested in information systems you should seriously consider it.  Companies are paying top dollar for IT workers because of the shortage and now is the time to take advantage of that opportunity.  If you graduate from college with an Information Systems degree you are guaranteed a job with a high pay and plenty of benefits.  She stresses that Information Systems is the future of the computer industry and that it is the only profession that is paying high for graduates out of college.  The article is very helpful because it helps you realize that there is a demand for IT workers, and the job outlook is very good.  She accomplishes all the goals that she set out to establish with this article.  Schafer’s article it very helpful in making the right career decision.

9.  Stevens, Robert.  “Education of a systems analyst.”  Journal of Systems Management.   40.9 (Sept. 1989): 42-43.

Steven’s article “Education of a systems analyst” provides intricate details about the education of a systems analyst.  He emphasizes how important education is and how continuing education will just further you career.  It is a very useful article because it helps people understand that education is the foundation of the profession.  He also emphasizes using the education you learn in the classroom into getting a part-time or internship job to gain experience.  According to Steven’s, without experience it will be hard to get a job out of college, because employers are looking for students that have some type of experience.  Getting an internship or part-time job will greater your chances for standing out in a field that is very competitive.  He talks about the experience he has when he was in college trying to get a job after graduation.  He talks about the question that employers were asking him, for example, “Do you plan on continuing your education to get a higher degree?” and “What did you learn from you internship?”  Those are the two main focuses of the article: education and experience.  He continuously throughout the article refers to and emphasizes them.  This article is very valuable for those seeking employment as a systems analyst. 

10.   Waldron, Harry.  “Continuing education - An Investment For Your Future: Systems Analysts.”  Journal of Systems Management.  44. 11 (Nov. 1993): 41-42. 

Waldron’s article “Continuing education - An Investment for Your Future: Systems Analysts,” provides information about being educated in the system analysis field.  He says that continuing education is essential to maintain competitive systems analysis and information technology job skills. By the year 2000, 75 percent of employees will require retraining to keep up with accelerating technological change. Yet, according to him, many information systems (IS) professionals fail to pursue continuing education because they are overworked or assume that company-provided training will be enough. IS staff needs to go beyond current job skills and become proficient in object-oriented programming, networks and other cutting-edge technology. A number of resources exist to further continuing education. These include trade journals, professional associations, self-study classes and vendor presentations and courses.  He continues to talk about what companies can do to make their analysts more educated my demanding them to take continues their education by obtaining a masters degree, etc.  Waldron accomplishes all the goals that he set to establish when writing this article.  This article helped me understand that companies want you to continue your education after graduating for undergraduate college. Also, for you to advance in the company you’re going to have a better degree thus making your go back and getting a higher degree.