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Rajala, J. M., Iivari, N., Kinnula, M., Rajanen, D., & Molin-Juustila, T. (2022). Perceiving ICT: Factors Influencing the Selection of Information Systems as a Major. In R. A. Buchmann, G. C. Silaghi, D. Bufnea, V. Niculescu, G. Czibula, C. Barry, M. Lang, H. Linger, & C. Schneider (Eds.), Information Systems Development: Artificial Intelligence for Information Systems Development and Operations (ISD2022 Proceedings). Cluj-Napoca, Romania: Babeș-Bolyai University.

Perceiving ICT : factors influencing the selection of information systems as a major

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Author: Rajala, Joni Matias1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-11-10


There is a shortage of employees in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) field, including Information Systems (IS). Student recruitment is a challenge in IS in many countries despite different student marketing efforts and extensive research on the topic. We conducted a survey with first year students in a Finnish university to understand what factors seem to affect their career choice. Our findings indicate that ICT students mostly share their view of ICT with other students, with the exception that they seemed to see the field as more creative, and people oriented. We highlight the creative aspects of the work in IS to potentially attract new students, including more women, to study in IS.

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ISBN: 978-973-53-2917-4
Host publication: Information systems development: artificial intelligence for information systems development and operations (ISD2022 proceedings)
Host publication editor: Buchmann, R. A.
Silaghi, G. C.
Bufnea, D.
Niculescu, V.
Czibula, G.
Barry, C.
Lang, M.
Linger, H.
Schneider, C.
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems Development
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 Authors.