United States Army, Human Resources Assistant
University of Utah Master, Information Systems
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How did you get to where you are today? What is your story? What incidents and experiences shaped your career path?

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
So I joined the Army in 2002 and that ship, 12 years in the Army at the end of my career in the Army came to a class called Humpty A a bus and as well as another course called Network Plus. During those two courses, I became fascinated with the sector of information technology. I went on to get my undergrad and a question of science and psychology with human factors. Um, and upon graduation, I applied to any different companies, and at the end of that time frame, uh, came to the conclusion that I needed to have a little bit more knowledge and computer software more so in secure, um, and user user interface. When Cody, at that point in time, I decided that I was gonna apply to the University of Utah. David plays School of Business, the masters of science and information systems program. And with that, um, the program is for that I will be doing I am doing is a one year program

What are the various courses & majors in your program? Which ones are your favorites & why? Discuss your weekly time spent for classes, assignments & test-preparations.

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
Currently, I'm a full time student with the with the M s Science program. My courses are currently for this semester is information technology security as well as digital forensics and a information systems course. Furthermore, there's also another course. It's a capstone certification course where it allows me to study for and eventually take a certificate certificate in my field. My specialty is going to be and the information security more so, looking into the New York security side of things, I was awful. In addition, be completing a S S C P certificate by the end of my program, and I will be also attempting to get my network plus as well as they C S F P certificate. My courses that are my favorite are the eyepiece security and the digital forensics courses, both of which are very fascinating. And they allow for students like me who did not come from such a strong 80 background to be able to get right into the program and dean an understanding of the field from the very beginning. A aspect for them or the program allows those that are very familiar in the information technology sector to have a very challenging experience as well. So in this hot in this case, the program allows for all individuals with O levels to be able to have a challenging experience. You don't need to be one who has been in the information technology sector for 5 10 years to have a challenging experience. You could be someone that is a beginner, or you could be someone that's been in the field for years on end to have a challenging experience. As for my weekly time spent for classes all my classes or at night, I spent approximately 2 to 4 hours in class and they are typically held anywhere between 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. Uh, most of times getting out approximately around 9 30 at night. When it comes to my assignments and test preparations. The instructors are very informative. They provide a vast sense of knowledge and instruction for the course. They created challenging atmosphere and they prevent present the new lectures in a way that the best understood one of my courses is a hybrid course, which means the course is pretty presented in a way that it is not only online, but it is also taught in class. This instructor, which is for the I T security course, allows us to watch lectures to be of the Internet. And once we come into class, okay, assist the lectures that were previously given online and hopes to augment those with providing a little bit more detailed construction as well as introducing us more. So, um, in a hair. Better yet, attempting Thio addressing me for their own questions that we may have a material. I think this is a great field. This is a great avenue for us to be able to for those that are mainly professionals, working day everyday professionals to be able to received their instruction, are good work and goto school at night to be ableto fix, be able to fit their their schedules, so to speak, uh, their master's program. In the time that they have available a lot of the student to whenever they have time available, they can go on and take the courses. Take the lectures online, listen to him as a credit dentist toe work, or they're heading into school and or even on their lunch breaks. For me is a full time student that does not work at all. Um, my time is mainly spent doing the doing the reading as well. A CZ preparing for the course of the classes and and getting more end up knowledge into it.

How does the program prepare you for your career? Think about faculty, resources, alumni, exposure & networking. What are the best parts?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
So for me when I really all started when I was in my undergraduate program there, I attended a silicone slope summit, which is very promising out here. It is similar to those that Silicon Valley in California of here we're in a in the attack industry that up and coming and it's flourishing. So much so fast here with their silicon slopes. When I attended it, there was a academic advisor and program adviser for that matter that attended the Silicon floats as an informational program. They instructed me on what the M S I X program waas. It was there that I really understood what it entails and how it will be beneficial for me in the long run to attend it. Furthermore, I ended up taking a series of classes and my undergraduate, where I had instructors that were very mentor, mentor focus. They told me to better understand the user experience user interface sector, but with that, they recommended that I pursue a information systems program to gain a better knowledge of it. It is through them that they gave me a networking skills and they provided me with opportunities to gain more information into the information technology sector.

What challenges did you face in the program and felt good about overcoming? Were there any concerns before joining that prove to be wrong?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
was, of course, common uncertainty of wondering if I'm gonna succeed in the program and that comes with any person in any field in your career. We're always gonna have those doubts. Heroes of the doubt of been, um, I'm gonna fail. Should I do something else? Um, those are my my challenges. As I got onto the program and the first week or two, I still had those doubts. But now 34 weeks into the program and the doctor are long gone, and those were long gone because of the faculty that is at my disposal. The advisors that air there, the professor's that air there. They devote so much timeto hoping us to be successful in this program. They are not ones that are here for a paycheck. They're not here. Ones that are here, um, to buy time. They could do that somewhere else. They're here because they want to help their students succeed and to replace them in there in these this field later on in life

What other majors and universities did you consider? What prompted you to pick this program over others?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
looked at the BYU program noticed that there was a very long wait for it. Um, But when it came to deciding between the University of Utah, David declares Masses of Science informations program compared to the BYU program, I noticed that there was a very high success rate coming out of graduation with a approximately 93% success rate within three months of the graduation of receiving employment. It was for that reason that I decided to apply to this program because of their success rate, as well as the median salary range of approximately $77,000.

What strategies helped you get into this program? What exams and kind of scores are needed? What things did you highlight in your application package or interview?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
to the exams getting and normally a student would pick the g r e. I am I, however, served in the United States Army and the David Claire's School of Business has a waiver for the g e o r G R E, which is called the Boots Thio. Two youths waiver. What it does is it provides that waiver, See, do not have to take the g r e. It is because of that that I was able to get into the program in addition to my g p a of 3.4 in my undergraduate, uh, schoolwork, Um, when it came to my application, I highlighted the fact that I really what interested in the information security field and really the way that I wanted to contribute to the field. I wanted to receive the knowledge from the program, but I also wanted to contribute my background and user experience in user interface from my human factor certificate. In my undergraduate time,

What is the approximate cost per semester that you pay? What various fundings, scholarships, and part-time jobs students typically get, and how?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
faster. It's approximately about $10,000 for the instate tuition costs. Uh, and that is a new approximate number, and I believe it's a little over 10,000. Um, when it comes to scholarships for those, there are many different scholarships out there for me. I received a scholarship for being an alumni graduate for graduated from the University of Utah. From my undergraduate, it gave me approximately $3000 of scholarship funds just for being a alumni. And as for part time jobs, typical people really are full time students. There are full time employees. They're not necessarily part time. A lot of the people in the program are full time employees, and they do not courses.

What kind of jobs, companies and salaries students typically get after they graduate from your program?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
um well, the salary's really ranges, depending on the company, as well as the location that the individual applies to and gets accepted to. Typically in the Utah area, it is about a 77,000 salary per year. If you go as far as how to Washington, D. C. Or New York or even California, for that matter, you could get to salary ranges of up to approximately 150,000. And some of the company is consists of Adobe or Facebook or Google. Other ones are Boeing or Lockheed Martin.

What are some future career path(s) for you? What skills, certificates, or experiences do you plan on acquiring?

Based on experience at: Master, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
be network security. I have a fascination with that. I believe that cyber security is only getting more and more in demand with Happy in said, um, I'm awful. I'm planning on pursuing the S S C p. It was the C S F p and network plus certifications.

How did the program prepare you for your career? Think about faculty, resources, alumni, exposure & networking. What were the best parts?

Based on experience at: Bachelor's degree, Psychology with a Human Factors Certificate, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
graduate program. The faculty of my undergraduate program really helped me, too, get a better understanding as to what will be needed. They helped me to network by providing me with information of the Silicon Slope summit, which allowed me to get a very in depth understanding as to the technical sector and how technology is in in our everyday experiences. It could be anywhere from just our basic, um, clocks thio our TV's to things that are more elaborate, such as the device called Brava um, which said, microwave oven And it does. Ah does a typical oven cooking in a fraction of the time, um, either just a wide range of field that involved um, or devices that incorporate user experience, user interface and how information technology is incorporated in that.

What challenges did you face in the program and felt good about overcoming? Were there any concerns before joining that prove to be wrong?

Based on experience at: Bachelor's degree, Psychology with a Human Factors Certificate, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
red worm or so of the trying to understand where exactly I want to pursue, um, during my general education as well as get starting into my psychology classes, there was a lot of Is this the right direction for me? Good questions. Um, as I went further along, I I understood more so about the human human factors, human error aspect of things and what I can do to help eliminate that. Um, but those challenges that I faced of trying to identify the program that was best suited for me was overcome through the faculty, to the professors that I had the advisors I had. They help help me to better understand the best course of action for me the best degree path for me, for my interest in my my personality.

How is the campus life? Are there any student groups or clubs that you like? What can one do for fun outside campus?

Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Thu Sep 19 2019
intense sort of speak. There's a lot of clubs here at the University of Utah. Um, there is just a plethora of, um um they're arranges from people in such diverse backgrounds of anywhere from being collegiate for NC double A as well as people that are in they taking coalfield a swell as those that are, um, in a business aspect. Um