The Computer Science department at Lewis University hosted “The Secrets to Landing a Great Job and Driving Ongoing Career Success,” a technology career seminar on Nov. 9 on the university’s main campus in Romeoville. The interactive discussion included IT leaders from the Illinois Technology Foundation and explored ways students can differentiate themselves from their peers, land their first IT job and build a successful career.
The seminar was organized into three presentations. The first, “Developing Your Brand and Building a Personal Network,” emphasized the importance of carving out a niche, clearly portraying passions and determining how to channel those passions to meet the needs of an organization. The second presentation, “Understanding Your Role in IT and the Business” described the different kinds of companies for which students could work, including public and private companies and for-profit and non-for-profit organizations. The final session focused on leadership and how it applies in IT organizations. The examples, as well as the insights and stories of the panelists themselves, inspired the students to cultivate the leader within each of them to prepare for roles in which they will lead corporate IT units or translate their ideas into new entrepreneurial ventures of their own.
“This was a tremendously beneficial event for the students who attended,” said Dr. Ray Klump, chair of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University. “The unique opportunity enabled students to meet very accomplished professionals whose insights and stories are significant because they shaped what they themselves have lived.”
The Illinois Technology Foundation is a volunteer group of over 300 individuals focused on developing and retaining the best IT talent within Illinois. ITF brings real-world career opportunities and guidance to classrooms to help students excel in starting and managing a successful technology career.
Lewis University offers a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. It also offers minors in Computer Science and in Cyber Security Science. It’s also nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years. In addition to receiving personal attention from experienced faculty and learning in an attractive and modern facility, Computer Science students receive real-world experience, working on service projects for non-profits and taking advantage of numerous internship opportunities. Students acquire both the technical skills and the team-oriented problem-solving strategies necessary for a successful career, through a cutting-edge curriculum and integrated learning opportunities.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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