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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?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
Hey, i'm Elizabeth Bandy. I'm originally from Minneapolis, and I moved to Salt Lake City about two and a half years ago after pursuing a job in marketing. I've been working in marketing for about ten years and the last five years,I've specifically been focusing on websites and user experience design. I wanted to get a little bit more technical, so I started my MS IS program about a year ago. And it's been really great. I've been learning a lot of languages and making a lot of great connections.

What are various specializations and courses in your curriculum? Which specialization and courses are your favorites and why? What is the average time per week that you spend in classes, in doing assignments and exam preparations?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
There are four different specializations for the MS IS program. I chose Business Intelligence and Analytics. For the specialization, I have taken a couple classes in , specifically data visualization and data warehousing. It's been a lot of fun for me. For my capstone, we're doing a business intelligent project, actually, where we're predicting various factors for Fortune 500 companies. So i'm getting to visualize that using Tableau and sort of advise the company. So it's been a lot of fun. Just how much time per week i'm spending in class, probably eight to ten hours per week in class, and then maybe an extra eight to twelve outside of class. Working on the material, studying, reading, meeting with project members and studying for exams.

What prompted you to pick this program? What other programs or Universities did you consider? What do you like about the program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
I picked the MS IS at the Eccles school because I wanted to learn from a program that offered a cool fusion between technology and business. Having worked in business the last ten years and wanting to pivot into a more technical role. I thought that this program would offer the best from a curriculum standpoint and from a networking standpoint, of all the options that I had considered. So the things that I like about the program, I really like that the classes are offered in the evenings, that's been really helpful as i've been working full time throughout the duration of the program. I liked it that some classes are offered online and that there's flexibility even in the program. If there's a class that you want to take or a language that you want to learn that it's not offered here, you can still take that and just talk to your adviser and have it be taken as a special topics course. So that's been a lot of fun too. And then finally, I actually like all of the group work because it offers you chance to network with different people in your class that maybe you might not have. Other had a chance to talk to you and get to know so you graduate with a lot of connections in the field and you're able to utilize and leverage those connections after you graduate

What is the quality of program faculty? How available are the professors in your program?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
Professors that I've had in my program, especially such a technical program, have been ones that have already worked in industry. So those are the professors or faculty members that have already had experience getting started in the field. Maybe some of them have pivoted in their careers themselves. They're able to speak to interviews and questions that you may be asked. They're able to network. I actually have gotten some interviews based on a professor that I worked with. So you're often able to tap into their insights and leverage those relationships. They're all pretty available to meet up with and if you can't meet up with them, they're really responsive on email and on the Canvas, which is our student communication system. And often, their office hours are right before class, so it's been easy. To meet with them, If you don't work nearby, you could just come a little bit early before class and you get a chance to talk to your professor.

How does the program prepare you for your career? Think about career fairs, networking events, resume & interview help, classes and alumni support.

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
MS IS program has prepared me pretty well for my pivot in my career in a couple of different ways. So, the first way is there's a capstone class, a full semester class, that's offered. It's called Capstone 101 Career Readiness, and I actually, at the advice of some of my classmates, took it my final semester, which has been insanely helpful. It helped me taking it at the end. I'd decided throughout the program what I exactly want to specialize in and what titles i'm looking for. So when I entered into the class, I knew specifically how I wanted to tell on my resume for those positions. Additionally, working with career coaches had been so helpful. I went last year er last week to a STEM career fair and handed out copies of my resume. I've already been contacted by a few people and I've met with my career coach for advice on it and she's going to do practice interviews with me, she'd critique my resume, she's been able to introduce me to people and companies that I want to work in. So it's been very, very helpful and getting you ready to find a good career after i graduate.

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

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
In my program, students typically tend to graduate and work in companies in Silicon Valley or Silicon Slopes, just south of Salt Lake City, Utah. And a lot of the common job titles that they have when they graduate, are database administrator, business intelligence analyst, data analyst. IT security really seems to be blowing up right now. The average starting salary after graduation is seventy nine thousand. Obviously it's different, depending on what classes you took and how much experience you had before you started the program. But that's about average, so that's, what students can strive to expect. The careers graduates from the MS IS program tend to go into are database administrators, systems administrators, data analysts, business intelligence. It seems like IT security is really blowing up right now and a lot of students are interested in it. And the starting salaries are about seventy nine thousand, depending on how much experience you have before you come into the program.

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 responses?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master of Science in Information Systems, Business Intelligence and Analytics, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
When I applied for the MS IS program, I thought a lot about my background and how to get a competitive advantage. So to do that, I took some time to study for my GRE. I took a GRE course where i met up after after work. When i was applying for the MS IS program, I thought a lot about how to get a competitive advantage. And so I studied really hard for my GRE to make sure that I had a competitive score upon entry. And then when I was writing my Statement of Purpose, though I didn't have a lot of technical experience or background, I had a lot of interesting experiences that I thought made me a great asset for the program. Specifically, I've gone on a trip around the world and immersed myself into a lot of different cultures. And I thought that that could be a valuable asset, as a classmate and as a student in the program that I'm flexible and adaptable.

What are the responsibilities and decisions that you handle at work? What are your working hours like?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Elizabeth Bandy

Business Intelligence and Analytics, Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Marketing Manager, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
I'm a marketing manager at the Eccles School and what that looks like is a few different things. I managed the websites from user experience standpoint and i also dive into the analytics and tried to update the content based on how different metrics are performing. I also handle a lot of marketing for some undergraduate programs and try to promote them throughout the state and outside of Utah.

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