What MBP programs for my College major?

KidZgOtMac

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Jul 20, 2010
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I will be majoring in Office Administration and maybe transfering over to Computer Information Systems. I'm buying a MBP 13" and I know I'll need MS Office but besides that what other programs will I be using for each major if anyone here knows and what default programs can I use?
 

jamone13

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I'd consider not doing CIS. Of all the CIS majors at my college I don't know of 1 that got a job doing CIS work. While the CS majors were getting multiple job offers. Also CIS people tend to not be worth anything, and no more then a glorified power user.
 
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KidZgOtMac

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Jul 20, 2010
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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
I'd consider not doing CIS. Of all the CIS majors at my college I don't know of 1 that got a job doing CIS work. While the CS majors were getting multiple job offers. Also CIS people tend to not be worth anything, and no more then a glorified power user.
Well you cant generalize that because we live in way different places, second I have other plans such as the Air Force after College but if I do have the chance to I will transfer to CS or CE.
 
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elleana

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Is CIS the same as IS? Where I am, IS majors are pretty popular with recruiters.
 
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bigjobby

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I'd consider not doing CIS. Of all the CIS majors at my college I don't know of 1 that got a job doing CIS work. While the CS majors were getting multiple job offers. Also CIS people tend to not be worth anything, and no more then a glorified power user.
In my large organisation where I work and others we deal with, the places are crawling with IS people as well as CS people. Generally (and not strictly speaking), you do not tend to get CS people specialising in the earlier stages of stages of development which is crucial to any successful project. Likewise, you do not tend to get IS people doing implementation. From my experience, there are more IS people running projects than CS.

Let the OP make their choice in course. As its a course transfer, one would've thought they'd have already done their research. Also, the OP may like the business side of the computing world (where some of his/her current course matter may carry more relevance to IS) and not necessarily all the nitty gritty details of CS. Horses for courses. Importance in life is doing things you like and enjoy. ;)

Also to add, if CIS people are not worth anything how come alot of them get paid shed loads? I am somewhat perplexed by your naivety.

Anyway, back to topic. Don't get Mac Office 2008 (unless Microsoft are giving away from upgrades) and wait for Office 2011 that's due for release in the next few months as its a significant departure to the 2008 version. Use Open Office in the meantime. I wouldn't worry about the CIS requirements too much until you get there as things do change like course material and requirements, updated and new apps etc.

Edit: Also check if the display resolution of the 13" will be OK for you. eg. looking at large spreadsheets on a lower-res and smaller screen can be a pain in the ass!
 
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