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Young, Judith(Judith Fay) 2000 , 'The career paths of computer science and information systems major graduates', PhD thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis examines the career movements of those graduating from the Department
of Computer Science at the University of Tasmania, Hobart, between the years 1975
to 1995. Potentially, these graduates represent one of the key human resources as
society moves into the 'Information Age'.
In support of a primary stated focus in careers in the IS industry, this study was based
on multiple sources of data collection. The main survey, the graduate career survey,
was based on a retrospective, longitudinal approach and targetted two aspects of
career experiences. The analogy of a curriculum vitae was used to gather details of
the work histories of these graduates. A second aspect of career experiences surveyed
focussed specifically on the initial post-graduation appointment. There is
considerable evidence to support that this stage in a career can prove highly
influential in future career decisions, and so represents an important component in
career research.
In relation to the graduate career survey, purposefully constructed analytic
frameworks were applied to guide a structured analysis of the data for the two stated
areas of career under examination. This approach provided a considerable insight
into the career patterns of graduates through the application of different perspectives
and levels of detail, to describe the practical employment experiences of graduates. It
also revealed outcomes that have significant implications for IS career research in
general. In particular, it has served to question the stereotypical image frequently
attributed to IS personnel as being a highly mobile work force sector. The results of
this research have also lead to the proposition that the work experiences of IS
personnel should be seen as trajectories rather than rigidly defined paths. The
'Information Age' and the emergence of the protean career add support to this view.
This thesis has made a number of important contributions both to theory and
practice. Essentially, as foundation research it has established a basis to promote IS
career research to work towards addressing the current dearth of IS career research. It
has also questioned some of the long-standing, yet largely unsubstantiated,
perceptions of IS personnel in general, and careers in the information industry.
One important practical contribution of this research is that it has provided
comprehensive feedback into the career experiences of graduates. Importantly, this
represents a response to the recognised need, spanning nearly a decade, by both
government and industry. These have all recommended that to address the chronic
shortages of skilled IS personnel, such information is crucial to actively promote
careers in the IS profession.

Item Type: Thesis - PhD
Authors/Creators:Young, Judith(Judith Fay)
Keywords: Computer scientists, Information scientists
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Thesis (Ph.D.(Info.Sys.))--University of Tasmania, 2000. Includes bibliographical references

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