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Recommended Citation: Woodward, B S, S Ashby, A Litteken, and S Zamora.  Student Perceptions of Information Technology Preparedness and Important Job Skills.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2007, v 24 (Pittsburgh): §3723. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 6(38). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Student Perceptions of Information Technology Preparedness and Important Job Skills

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Belle S. Woodward    [a1] [a2]
Department of Information Systems and Applied Technology
Southern Illinois University    [u1] [u2]
Carbondale, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Susanne Ashby    [a1] [a2]
Department of Information Systems and Applied Technology
Southern Illinois University    [u1] [u2]
Carbondale, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Adam Litteken    [a1] [a2]
Department of Information Systems and Applied Technology
Southern Illinois University    [u1] [u2]
Carbondale, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

Sue Zamora    [a1] [a2]
Department of Information Systems and Applied Technology
Southern Illinois University    [u1] [u2]
Carbondale, Illinois, USA    [c1] [c2]

This study summarizes the analysis performed on the results of a survey which was administered to university students competing in a Midwest state and later a regional Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. The purpose of the study was to ascertain studentsí perceptions regarding their preparedness for the Competition as well as their perceptions concerning the most useful skill sets to bring to the competition, and the most helpful means of preparation. Descriptive data was collected regarding number of hours in preparation and number of courses taken and analyzed as a predictor of competition success. Participants identified as critical to success in the competition soft skills (with the exception of leadership) above technical skills.

Keywords: Information technology, soft skills, IT education

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