System Analysis In…

We’re going to start a discussion about how systems analysis work in different areas. Now, I’m only scraping the surface and I will admit that I don’t know everything that it takes to be a systems analysis but these tools, scenarios, and tips are just some things that I have learned during the beginning stages of my career. Today, we’re going to start with systems analysis in universities/colleges.

CaptureInformation systems is an important component to universities no matter where they are located. A university needs to have the right system, the right programs, the right social media platforms, and the right amount and right location for student and employee use. It’s very important to have this figured out right away if not already or when a college is just opening up. The following is a list of the different areas to look over when looking for systems analysis. Please remember these are my own recommendations from analysis.

Systems – It is important to have different platforms for different uses. For my example in this blog, I will use my own campus, University of Nevada, Reno. There are different uses that students and professors and faculty need which require different computer systems. I have seen my University have Windows, Apple, and connections to remote desktops of other systems. There is also the availability of Linux. For more information about different systems, check out my past blog post The Systems.

Programs – There are so many platforms for so many different majors in a college and university. Make sure that you look at what the professors want to teach in their classes. Afterwards, compile a list of all the programs. In the example of UNR, there are programs that are loaded on the College of Business lab computers but not in the library while there are some programs installed in the library’s computer labs that may not be found in another spot of the campus. It is important to have the programs available where the students that need it the most will be most of the time. This strategy will work out well. If the program is needed for students on their own desktops or laptops, it should be looked into about having a discount on programs or a limited time where the program will be free for students if they are currently in the class that needs to the program.

Social Media – A college and university needs to have an outreach program to incoming and current students and alumni along with those in the community interested in staying current with the school. Having the right social media platforms is important as there are specific ones where people are looking at. Some of these would be Facebook, Twitter, RateMyProfessor.com, LinkedIn, and even YouTube. These links follow along with our example of all the social media platforms that UNR is currently on. These five social media platforms are not the only platforms that a college or university should limit themselves to. It should be looked into to be able to find where their audience is at so to expand their influence on the Internet.

Amount and Location – A final thing to look into is where computers should be placed and how many should be placed. There should be computers available for students at spots that have a good traffic flow and need. For an example, there is a computer lab in the Knowledge Center and in the College of Business on the UNR campus. The traffic flow should be looked at as well to decide on the amount of computers in the designated areas. Make sure that there are enough computers to be used and enough area so not to be packed together in an uncomfortable area.

Is the computer analysis good at your university or college? What could improve there? Comment below for a discussion. 

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Internships

Why exactly Internships are good.

A lesson to all: While in college take on an internship.

I’m currently in my first internship out of two and it was one of the better things that I have done during my career in college. Internships need to be done no matter what your major is. Companies look for those people fresh out of college that already have experience in the field. Most of the time, you can’t find a job to get that experience because you are still in college, don’t have a degree, and don’t have all the knowledge that the job position calls for. That’s exactly what an internship is for. You can have that job where your position description is listed as “to learn”. You get the reward back of having that experience that is needed for after graduation. Yes; you don’t need an internship to be able to find a decent job in your field but it is looked upon better by companies. It shows that while in school you had the want to learn more outside of the classroom and that you actually show interest into what you are studying. Some other perks while having an internship would be that most departments have an internship class where you can get credit for completing the internship while filling out some progress reports and writing a final report. Also, there are many paid internships emerging in the business world.

Some things I have learned in my position is more website design and IT work for a company I wouldn’t have realized really needed the department. I have found a field that I would have known very well. Granted I don’t know so much more about drilling than I did five weeks ago but I know enough to handle a job in an IT department. There I found another perk to internships: they show you paths that you never thought you could take.

I also plan to hold a position with a industrial reality business in Reno to work on social media. Already, my contact, Mark Glenn, has given me contacts to work on other internships and help with other projects that I am working on during my career in college. These perks are everywhere and there are so many more that I have yet to find and that I might not even find but others will.

Internships aren’t hard to find as well. It’s easy to get on your local Craigslist to look it up for starters. Also, check out our college’s website to see if there is someone that works with job connections that can help you out. For example, UNR’s College of Business has Jane Bessette and a website called Career Connections where students can look up jobs and internships but in and off of the campus.