Studying IT/Commerce: Where Could You Go?

For many of us, there may be more questions than answers when it comes to deciding on our future careers. After all, with so many degrees, majors, and positions out there, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by all the options you have available to you.

To help with this process, we’ve put together a guide to help you make that first step towards your future career, whether you’re interested in Information Technology, Commerce or both!

How to Use our Guide

Our guide shows you the Bachelors and majors offered at Monash, commonly associated job roles, as well as possible combinations of Bachelors. This may give you an idea of what type of roles you might like to research and pursue based upon your chosen area of study. Simply click on the image above! 

See also below for brief clarifications of some of the information shown in the guide. 

Bachelor of Commerce Specialist

A lesser known Bachelor is the Bachelor of Commerce Specialist. This is a three year degree that allows those wishing to become an actuary, economic or finance professional to focus on their studies from the start, with more specialised discipline requirements. The course develops through the four themes of foundation commerce knowledge, specialist discipline knowledge, capstone experience, and elective study.

Depending on the specialisation completed, students will then graduate with one of the following:

  • Bachelor of Actuarial Science
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Finance

The Difference between Information Technology & Computer Science

The Bachelors of Information Technology (I.T.) and Computer Science (C.S.) are very similar and may even lead to equivalent jobs titles and career paths.

Both are three-year degrees, but I.T. is geared more towards applying computer programs and tools to help solve and improve business processes. Those with I.T. degrees also regularly work with others to assist in resolving technical problems and often specialise in certain niche areas, as this provides a set of immediately applicable knowledge.

On the other hand, the C.S. degree focuses more on the process of creating practical computer applications, and the theories behind such processes. Graduates in C.S. usually possess a strong set of fundamental building blocks to tackle any computer-related problem and spend large amounts of time writing code and applying complex algorithms.

Additionally, one of the largest differences between the two Bachelors is the available majors. Majors in I.T. include Business Information Systems, Computer Networks and Security, Games Development, Multimedia Development, and Software Development. The C.S. degree, however, does not have any majors and instead offers specialisations in Advanced Computer Science and Data Science.

Final Note

It’s important to remember that the positions listed here are just examples of the type of roles you might decide to pursue. Your Bachelor and chosen major will not necessarily define your interests or your skills, so don’t feel like your choice is limited! Instead, simply see our guide as a starting point for your further research.

For more information on each course, don’t forget to check out the Monash Handbook, the official site of Monash University for course and unit information.

We hope you find this helpful!