Lewis hosts Illinois Technology Foundation career forum

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Lewis University hosts Illinois Technology Foundation career forum

Published: April 23, 2014.

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at Lewis University recently hosted a career forum, “Attract IT Employers and Ensure Long-Term Career Success” on behalf of the Illinois Technology Foundation.

Over 20 high-profile industry professionals participated in panel discussions covering topics such as creating a personal brand, the importance of mentoring, how to be a life-long learner, the link between IT and organizational success, the nature of leadership and choosing real-world success stories to emulate. Students from Lewis and several local community colleges attended the event and had an opportunity to network with these high-profile professionals.

Students were urged to reach out to professionals and potential mentors as much as possible, as that is the best way to ensure that opportunities come their way. Several speakers also mentioned the importance of maintaining an informative and up-to-date LinkedIn profile, because for many employers, this is more important than resumes.

“The volunteers from the Illinois Technology Foundation are a tremendous group of people. They give freely of their time to pay their success forward to a new generation of potential IT leaders,” said Dr. Ray Klump, professor and chair of Mathematics and Computer Science. “The Department is so proud to have had an opportunity to help these wonderful people work with Computer Science students at Lewis University and at other local schools.”

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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