Excellent information management courses, exciting career prospects
After earning a bachelor’s degree in information management and information systems in China, Linyao Li discovered that she really liked information science and wanted to pursue a career in this field. In his quest to combine his interest and his later data analyst internship experiences, Li discovered the School of Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – and the rest is up to the ‘story.
“The Illinois Master of Information Management (MS/IM) iSchool offers multiple pathways, allowing us to explore our interests in depth,” Li says.
The Data Science and Analytics track teaches students a theoretical and technical understanding of data in society and within organizations; students take courses such as Data Visualization, Data Science Storytelling, and Text Mining. The other track – Knowledge Management and Information Consulting – is more about analyzing and representing information and how to customize and effectively use the systems that manage critical organizational information.
“My engineering degree along with my work experience motivated me to learn and dive deep into the path of data and business analytics, which ultimately led me to pursue the MS/IM degree at iSchool in Illinois. I’ve learned a lot since I joined this class,” enthused Nikita Nitin Bangale from Mumbai.
MS/IM students can customize their program according to their learning needs. As part of the 40 credit hours they must complete, students must take three courses that lay the foundation for their chosen specialization, while the remaining credit hours can be customized to suit their individual career goals.
That’s why Shruti Deekshitula from India relishes her MS/IM experience: “iSchool’s comprehensive curriculum matches my professional interest and gives me the flexibility to tailor my degree with courses of my choice; the university offers a wide range of opportunities to its students, both personally and professionally.
At the same time, MS/IM students can pursue an internship to gain relevant work experience under the guidance of seasoned industry experts. Independent study provides students with the opportunity to further study non-curricular subjects or interests; the IS Internship – done on a full-time or part-time basis – allows students to practice information science with an external client, business or community partner.
“There are huge opportunities to gain work experience: doing internships in the research park, working as research assistants, or even working in highly regarded student organizations,” notes Bhairavi Jadhav, another resident of Mumbai.
Indeed, iSchool is strongly committed to research, education, engagement, and innovation, resulting in many opportunities for students to gain essential work experience. Their professional studies in information science – which cover contemporary issues in data science, human-computer interaction, digital libraries and many more – further complement their degree.
For Nigel Bosch, who is an iSchool assistant professor, continuing his research project on machine learning applications for educational fields has allowed him to tap into world-renowned faculty for feedback.
“My research fits very well with iSchool because of the broad perspectives the faculty bring to research ideas here. The peer professors here have also been really great in providing different perspectives to my research. It’s really nice to work with professors who are interested in many different parts of the same research project,” he says.
It’s no surprise that iSchool and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – ranked among the top 25 in the world (Centr3 for World University Rankings 2021-22) – are well known for their teaching and their innovative research that addresses the world’s problems and enhances the human experience. MS/IM students learn from the best, those who provide the knowledge and skills needed to catalyze successful careers in information systems design and management.
“Our Information Management program has helped students secure a range of exciting new positions across all industries. Students receive hands-on experiences in information management, knowledge representation, and analytics that prepare them to positively impact real-world issues in a variety of settings, including healthcare, finance, technology, consulting, retail and agriculture,” says Catherine Blake, Professor and Program Director for the MS/IM degree. “I’m very interested in developing opportunities for student engagement so students can see first-hand how their education can impact real-world information science issues.”
Sashi Donepudi, who graduated in 2021, was able to land a 12-week internship as a data scientist at AARP at Research Park, and after graduation he got a full-time job. in Chicago as Head of Data Analytics at Barclays, much to his delight.
With career paths, program flexibility, learning opportunities, research projects, and a reputable reputation and teaching, iSchool in Illinois is an excellent springboard for any student looking to embark on a career in demand. The iSchool of Illinois welcomes aspiring students to learn more about their program and the many resources available for their growth and development.
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