Real-IT-y Event Focuses on Future IT Job Market

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Lewis University Computer and Mathematical Science Students Gain Insight from IT Professionals at Real-IT-y

Published: December 8, 2015.

The Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences recently hosted an event called Real-IT-y: What You Need To Know About the Future IT Job Market.

The event was organized and moderated by Sanjog Aul, founder and host of CIO Talk Radio and CEO of AVVAL. It featured a panel of distinguished IT professionals, including Jodi Goglin, Senior Director of IT of Acxiom, Cathie Kozik, Senior Vice President of PSAV, and Chinmoy Chatterjee, Sr. Manager of Application Development of CVSHealth.

The two-hour session started students thinking about what skills they should develop for the roles they are preparing to fill. Panelists stressed the importance of the confidence and accountability required to be an IT professional. The skills of students were put to the test when they were asked to participate in role-playing exercises with the panelists in situations such as handling an IT outage, creating small talk with a CIO and conducting a cold-call with an IT executive in hopes of tapping into that personís expertise and guidance. The scenarios the students and the panel of executives played gave clear lessons and uncovered some very helpful pieces of advice for the students.

Lewis University offers a bachelorís degree in Computer Science and Computer Engineering, with concentrations in Cyber Security, Web and Mobile Development, Data Science, and Video Game Development. It also offers minors in Computer Science, Cyber Security Science, Data Science, and Web and Mobile Application Development. At the graduate level, it offers a nationally recognized for a Master of Science in Information Security program, which includes an innovative fast-track that enables students to earn both a bachelorís and a masterís degree in five years. A master's degree in Data Science is also available for students who wish to learn more about Big Data. A new Master of Science in Computer Science will start in August 2016.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 7,000 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 for further information.

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