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Name:
Stan Hemmings
IT Specialty:
Computer Information Systems Careers
Job Title:
System Administrator and Help Desk Tech
Company:
Tribune Media Services
Degree:
BSBA in Management Information Systems

Q.  How long have you had your degree?
A.1. Approx. 5 months (graduated Dec 2007)

Q.  Do you feel your degree adequately prepared you for your technology career?
A.Yes, very much so. 3.  What is the most enjoyable thing about your job? There are new challenges every day. Seldom does a day go by that I don’t learn something new.

Q.  Do you have any certifications in addition to your degree? If so, what are they in?
A. Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) – Excel version 2002

Q.  Have the extra certifications you’ve received prepare you for your IT career?
A. Approx. 3

Q.  What personality traits and skills do you possess that you feel help you in your specific IT field?
A. Analytical mind, ability to explain technical issues to non-technical people

Q.  What steps does someone go through to get a job in this field?
A. Possible internships or part-time work while in college, business-oriented social networking sites (LinkedIn, ITtoolbox, etc.)

Q.  What are ways to advance in your field?
A. Any Microsoft or Cisco (or related) certifications, experience in a variety of areas, ability to be analytical, good business sense

Q. What is the most enjoyable thing about your job?
A. Being involved in a field that is constantly changing and advancing (not stagnant)

Q. What is the biggest challenge regarding your job?
A. Staying current and on-top of all the latest trends and shifts, avoiding being outsourced

Q. What are your daily tasks like?
A. Some trivial tech support-like tasks, intense problem solving, monitoring & revising existing systems, cost-benefit analysis.

Q. What skills do you use at work?
A. Problem solving, analysis & statistics, organizational, basic math, basic hand tools/repairs

Q. What percentage of your day do you spend working independently or in a group?
A. 75% individual, 25% group

Q. What is one thing you didn’t know about your field before getting into it that you wish you had known?
A. There is a certain amount of “grunt work” expected from everyone, regardless of position or degree.

Q. If you were a person getting ready to choose an IT major for college, what advice/guidance would you give them to help them decide between all the fields?
A. Must be able to see “the whole picture”, need good interpersonal skills, ability to put up with a certain amount of trivial or menial work, desire to constantly learn and push yourself, understanding that you can’t know everything.

Q. If you could give me one quote about why you feel Information Technology is “THE” field to be in what would it be?
A. No other industry can match the forward-thinking attitudes and be as important to business as information technology – it’s where the best and brightest are.