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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

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah and I grew up in a really active family. Through this I started to luge, the sport of luge when I was eleven years old. From there, I made onto the national team and eventually I competed in two Olympics. It was after being on the national team for about fifteen years that I realized the there were a lot of other things aside from luge and sports that I wanted to accomplish in my life and so after the last Olympics, I decided that there's time for me to end my athletics career and to move on to other things I am still inspired to do. So I decided to go back to school at the University of Utah I finished my undergrad in business administration. During that time in my undergrad, I took several information systems classes. It is during those classes that I really became interested in information systems and technology. It was through that interests that kind of inspired me to look more into the Masters of Science and Information Systems program here at the U and from there I looked in the program. And I started looking at opportunities and job growth within the industry and realize that this is something that really interested me and and something that I want to pursue and so it was from from there that I decided to pursue this program at the University of Utah.

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

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
Within my program, I am specializing in business analytics and business intelligence. So within that, a lot of my classes are focused on statistics and using the program R. As I've become more familiar with R, I've realized the power of it and what you can do and how you can really take data from businesses and use that to run different analysis and come up with and solve business problems. So I find that really interesting and I found that really kind of empowering and and something that I find will be extremely useful for me looking for a career after after the program. I usually spend, kind of depending on the classes, but workload is about twenty hours a week outside of of my classes. So that involves studying or doing assignments or working on different labs within these statistical programs.

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

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So part of the reason that I chose this program is because I did my undergrad in business administration here at the University of Utah at the David Eccles School of Business. And so being here and working with the faculty and seeing how the program was laid out, really made me feel good about pursuing the master's degree here as well. Because I think that they've done a really great job of structuring the programs and understanding how to incorporate business management side of things, and relating that to IT side of the business, and kind of preparing you for real world scenarios. And the faculty here is surely hands on and helpful and all of them have years and years of experience. That is really useful and help me in feeling prepared after this program to go out and search for any career that that I like to.

What major challenges do you face in this program? Can you discuss some accomplishments, some challenges that you overcame and felt proud of?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So some of the major challenges that I've faced in this program are not coming, the biggest one is not coming from a technical background. My undergrad was in business administration, and then my background, aside from that is, in athletics and I spent quite a few years in the army. So I didn't have much coding experience or other computer technical skills, and so learning R, the program R to run statistical analysis has been quite a bit of work and quite challenging for me. But i also feel like learning that, and now, really getting grasp of it, and understanding and understanding what it is capable of is really rewarding. And as I gain more knowledge of it, it has actually become much more interesting and applicable. So, I think that's something that I've really gained from this program, and I've really enjoyed.

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

Asked by Jeff Musk

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
The faculty here at the David Eccles School of Business is great, and all of them have lots of years of experience. Most of them have real world experience, and so they can relate a lot of the information that you're learning in class to problems that they have faced in businesses or how they've dealt with different problems. And so that's, I think, really valuable and key to learning how all of this information that you're learning is actually going to be used in a workplace, which has been really great. And they also make themselves available, whether it's before class, after class and many of them are also available outside of class times. To me, have a question answered or even official emailing, most of them are willing to get back to you no matter what day it is or what time it is, in a very timely fashion, and so that could be really important, especially if you're struggling with the concept, you need some extra work, they want you to be prepared and ready to leave this program and then go into a business and be able to make a difference.

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

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So many of the classes within the information systems program include labs. And a lot of these labs relate the information that you're learning and the programs that you're using to real world business problems. And then you go through how you conceptualized that, understand it, and then solve that problem using the statistical package, or whatever it is that you're learning within that class. And so, I think that that's been one of the most applicable skills that we've learned. But also, there are plenty of career fairs, there are internships, other jobs, part time or full time that are available through the career center here at the business school. And so there are opportunities and there's anything that you're looking for, if you want to do that, there's the ability to find that here, through different services or through faculty members.

What is the approximate cost per semester that you pay? What ways did you acquire a funding or scholarship or grant, if any?

Asked by Jeff Musk

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So I was in the army for quite a few years, and so I'm currently using the GI bill to pay for school. However, outside of that, there are lots of opportunities for grants and scholarships through business school or through the University of Utah in general. There are lots of other opportunities to apply, to get some kind of subsidized funding. And so, if you're, if cost is a big concern of yours, then there are lots of opportunities to get that remedied. You just have to look for them. And then you have to be willing to fill out the applications, which I know can be tedious but well worth it. And, you know that there are many opportunities, so.

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

Asked by Jeff Musk

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So many of the students graduating with master of science and information systems program from here at the University of Utah go into the tech field, because the program links business management to IT. Here in Salt Lake City there are a lot of opportunities and a lot of tech companies that are moving here. But the great thing about information systems that is that it's really applicable to just about any industry. And I think that moving into the future that will only become more prevalent as every business will collect more data as it's more readily available. And so understanding how to use that data and what to do with it will be something that every company, no matter the industry, will be doing, which provides a lot of job security for people that are graduated with a master's degree in information systems. I think that most of the students graduating from this program here at the David Eccles School of Business, start out with the salary around seventy five thousand dollars a year. So certainly on the higher end of most of Master's degrees.

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

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So I went straight from my undergrad degree into this master's program. So I had a big emphasis on just doing well in all of those classes and trying to get as much information as much experience, while taking this class to get the best grades I could to make a good impression. And then within my application, I really highlighted my previous skills, being in athletics and in the army, of being very goal oriented and having great work ethic, setting out to accomplish something. And then, not stopping until I have gone through and accomplished what I set out to do. So I think things like that are really important. Just largely highlighting the things that have helped you succeed thus far and your career. What is your career ? Or whether you are coming straight from your undergrad? Things that have made you really successful and able to do well? And in school or those previous experiences ?

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

Asked by Jeff Musk

Preston Griffall

Information Systems and Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics , Master's degree, University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Business Administration and Management, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Wed Oct 03 2018
So one of my favorite classes that I have taken so far is the Introduction to Business Analytics course, and the reason it was one of my favorite is because I felt like they built a really good foundation for what many of my other classes were going to lead into and for what i would like to lead into as a career later on. It gave a good understanding and base of the program R, which is a statistical package and really helped me understand how to look at data in a different way, not just as numbers and not just as a bunch of stored information of customers, or whatever it might be, but to look at it and to understand the power that data has and that you can really take that and solve business problems by different analysis of that data and looking at it a little bit different way. And so that's been really interesting to me, and most classes are all at night, from six to ten at night. And so they are four hours long and outside of that, per class I usually spend about five to eight hours doing homework or getting some extra studying, and but that will largely largely depend on the class and perhaps technical skills that you already possess that maybe you're learning within the class.

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