"Information Systems is a very good major for students who want to seek a career in consulting type of business, especially in technology consulting firms such as Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and IBM."
Graduation Year: 2010
Majors: Information Systems and Public Accounting
Deloitte & Touche LLP
Audit and Enterprise Risk Services
With a double bachelor’s degree in Public Accounting and Computer Information System, Sisi Liu has strong background in both information technology and accounting. She joined Deloitte (Pittsburgh, PA) in February 2011 as a campus hire and gained experiences in SAP control framework assessment and testing, Oracle security, PeopleSoft role redesign, Segregation of Duties analysis, Genreal IT Control testing, Sarbanes-Oxley control testing, SSAE 16 report producing, and business control testing. Besides, she also has experience with banking regulation and a variety of financial products in previous internships with Deloitte Finance Advisory Services (Beijing, China) and Lincoln Financial (Marietta, OH).
Advantages of attending MCIS:
"Information Systems (IS) is a very good major for students who want to seek a career in consulting type of business, especially in technology consulting firms such as Deloitte Consulting, Accenture, and IBM. The IS major exposes students to the most advanced technologies that industries are currently using. Compared with the CS (Computer Science) major, it has a better focus on the use of the information system in the business world instead of the tech/coding side of the system."
Favorite MCIS memory:
"In summer of 2009 I took the MIS220 online course with Professor Wang during which each student was required to create their own web-based E-portfolio. It is very much like a personal website where a collection of career-related evidences, such as resume, transcript and papers are uploaded and presented in a professional way that can be shared with potential employers. This experience helped me find out what experiences would be good to have in my e-portfolio but I have not had yet, so that I know how I can improve going forward."
What she misses most about MCIS:
"The nature of the IS program is a combination of business and technology, and in the marketplace both consulting firms and industries are looking for college students who know both. The program is designed to be very career-oriented and hands-on. For instance, the ERP systems introduced in class such as SAP and Oracle are exactly the ones that companies are using or will be using. I was able to bring a lot of my class knowledge to the real corporate world. "
Advice for current or prospective MCIS students:
"I would say hands-on lab is very important because it is when students can get practice and apply the knowledge learned in lectures and textbooks. Also maybe sometimes it's better to try to find the answers without seeking the help of others because that is what would be like the real business world."