Can business majors be good technologists?
Agenda
• Activities
• Discussion
• Take home
some new ideas
about
information
systems
WHO ARE TECHNOLOGISTS?
An Excellian Perspective
• Path to Partner
Dream Jobs
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

CEO
COO
CTO
C.. Something
Executive.. Something
My own business
Mom/Dad

• Something else...
Get There?
Hard Work
Luck
Attitude
CHARISMA

Initiative
Flexibility
Results
Technology Importance
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•

Part of our everyday lives
Makes things easier
Saves time
Saves money *
Removes err...
Traditional Technical Jobs
•
•
•
•
•

Software Developer
IT Security Specialist
Network Engineer
Database Administrator
He...
Outlook
Top 15 Recession Proof Jobs for College Grads
Sales (Marketing Managers)
Computer Software (Engineers)
Engineers (...
Stats

* Bureau of Labor Statistics – News Release – Employment Projections 2010 – 2020 (dated February 1, 2012)
What can you do now?
• Information
Systems (major
or minor)
• Take a few more
technical
classes (ie.
database)
• Study
tec...
Helpful Resources
University of Maryland Career Center
http://www.careers.umd.edu/home.cfm

University of Maryland Counsel...
Including Technology
As Part Of
Your Education
Will Increase
Your Value
To Employers
***
Questions?
Why Business Majors Should Take Technology Courses
Why Business Majors Should Take Technology Courses
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On Monday, December 9, Excella Partner Doug Sampson spoke to Dr. Katherine Stewart's University of Maryland "Intro to Information Systems" class about why business school students should consider more (rather than fewer) technology classes in their college education.

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  • (1 minute)
  • Class Activity: Self organize into groups of 2 or 3. Come up with your answer. (You have 4 minutes.) And you can’t use the word technology or any derivative in your response.Report Out. Discuss with the class. (4 minutes)TheFreeDictionary.com - a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problemsCollinsDictionary.com - a person who works in the application of practical sciences to industry or commerce
  • Question to the class: Who are technologists? People like us. (1 minute)
  • Tell my story of coming to Excella. (5 minutes)Graduated 1987 degree in marketing…First job as a finance manager in a car dealership… just quitBecause of my programming classes… got a job with a big consulting firm… taught me to write softwareWorked for many firms writing software… Dot COM boom… bust…Chameleon… learned about the business AND all parts of technology… s/w, h/w, network, security, UI design, process improvement… improving the business through technologyStarted with Excella in 2003… worked my way up through impressing clients and growing the business
  • Solicit from the class their responses to what they consider a dream job… (4 minutes)
  • Solicit from the class what it takes to get there… (4 minutes)Solicitfrom the class definitions of Initiative, Flexibility, Results (4 minutes)Bring up the book “Good to Great” and how it applies to their careers.
  • Solicit from the class why is technology so important and important to have an understanding of technology?… (4 minutes)Saves money – discuss eOPF (4 minutes)What does COOP mean? Do you ever see this going away? Or becoming more important?
  • Solicit from the class namesof some of the more common technology jobs… (4 minutes)
  • Solicit from the class… Top recession-proof jobs (5 minutes)
  • (3 minutes)
  • Pair up: Share your major or career interest with each other… Help each other answer this question. (4 minutes)Class question: How technology will relate to their future jobs? (5 minutes)
  • Class Question: What can you do now to prepare for the technical nature of your career interest? (5 minutes)
  • Add more resources…
  • (15 minutes)
  • Why Business Majors Should Take Technology Courses

    1. 1. Can business majors be good technologists?
    2. 2. Agenda • Activities • Discussion • Take home some new ideas about information systems
    3. 3. WHO ARE TECHNOLOGISTS?
    4. 4. An Excellian Perspective • Path to Partner
    5. 5. Dream Jobs • • • • • • • CEO COO CTO C.. Something Executive.. Something My own business Mom/Dad • Something else...
    6. 6. Get There? Hard Work Luck Attitude CHARISMA Initiative Flexibility Results
    7. 7. Technology Importance • • • • • • • • Part of our everyday lives Makes things easier Saves time Saves money * Removes error Adds COOP Provides information instantly Etc… etc.
    8. 8. Traditional Technical Jobs • • • • • Software Developer IT Security Specialist Network Engineer Database Administrator Help Desk
    9. 9. Outlook Top 15 Recession Proof Jobs for College Grads Sales (Marketing Managers) Computer Software (Engineers) Engineers (Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical, Civil) Computer Systems (Analysts) Finance and Accounting (Analysts, Accountants) Education Renewable Energy Energy and Environment Healthcare Security Service Industries * www.careerprofiles.info
    10. 10. Stats * Bureau of Labor Statistics – News Release – Employment Projections 2010 – 2020 (dated February 1, 2012)
    11. 11. What can you do now? • Information Systems (major or minor) • Take a few more technical classes (ie. database) • Study technologies related to my career interest • Get a technical internship
    12. 12. Helpful Resources University of Maryland Career Center http://www.careers.umd.edu/home.cfm University of Maryland Counseling Center http://www.counseling.umd.edu/Services/srv_car.htm BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
    13. 13. Including Technology As Part Of Your Education Will Increase Your Value To Employers ***
    14. 14. Questions?

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