Why did you choose Robinson for your graduate education?
Three factors led me to choose Robinson’s M.S. in Information Systems program. First, Robinson is my alma mater (B.B.A., accountancy, ’07), so it was automatically included in my list of considerations. Second, with a full-time time job and a toddler at home, maintaining work/life balance is very important. Based on my research, Robinson is one of only a few schools offering programs that allow working professionals with families to also go to school. Third, Robinson offers a great curriculum that fits my interests. A lot of other programs seem to cover broad topics, but Robinson’s M.S. in Information Systems allows me to customize my path and get really specific. The knowledge I build will be extremely practical.
How will the degree propel your career goals?
After working in the finance field for more than a decade, I want to pursue a different path and try new things. Since I see opportunities for improvement in the financial systems I use daily, I thought going into IT would be a great route—especially since I possess more than 10 years of experience on the user end side. I’m interested in helping companies integrate better systems and processes so they can spend more time conducting analyses while maintaining cost efficiencies. Plus, I want to get involved with all the current technology trends. This degree will help me bridge that knowledge gap.
What unique background and perspectives will you bring to classroom discussions?
In my career with InterContinental Hotels Group, I’ve worked on the hotel property level and in the corporate office. In addition, I’ve conducted numerous financial analyses based on outputs from enterprise-level systems. I hope I can share my experience with my cohort, so they can hear what works and what doesn’t work.