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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

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
I was fifteen when my physics teacher encouraged me to observe things inquisitively and to cultivate a healthy curiosity and learn by understanding and not by rote. So I took up computer science in my Bachelors and I worked for four years in India in two major telecommunication companies. It is the influence of technology on the people and my predilection towards using technology and leveraging technology to help people. That is what I believe was the major motivation towards walking on this path and to further hone my skills, to improve my skill set, I decided to join University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business. The graduate study in the field of information systems was what I believe was the perfect onset on this journey and I believe that this course is where you can get every kind of knowledge that you want. My four years of experience in telecommunications was what shaped me. Then I realized that yes, I wanted to learn more about how to analyse data, how to work with data, how to play around with data and become a data scientist or a data analyst or data enthusiast. And that's what I believe helped me shape my career part . There were many incidents during my job, I realized that, yes, there is a loophole between how the data can be used and how the data is used. So, to fill those loopholes, to fill those gaps, I believed that, yes, it would be a good way to go ahead and have a graduate study in the field of information systems, which actually gives you a hands on experience, of how to work with data, and how to leverage all the resources at your disposal and make the best of it.

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

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
In my first semester, I decided to take some courses that were related to data analytics and business intelligence, so I have taken Introduction to Business Analytics and statistics and predictive analytics, data analytics in decision making. So these are the few courses that I have and there are different kinds of specializations that are available throughout the MSIS program, be it business intelligence and data analytics or product management or a software development or digital analytics. And there are many things that one can choose from all the options that are provided to us. The average time a week that I spend outside the classes is somewhere around two to three hours a day that makes around twenty, twenty five hours a week that help recover the work that is done in the class. That includes the assignments, lab experiences and any kind of homework provided, any kind of mini projects or topic based projects that are provided to us. And for the exam preparations, it's a day to day process, there's no one particular day where you can put in all the time. It has to be continuous, so that you kind of remember everything that has been taught to you. And you brush up your skills daily and on a regular basis. My favorite course has to be introduction to business analytics. That is the foundation course that I took, and it is going to be hands on experience on technology, which is very useful nowadays, in the analytics field and that technology is R Studio. So yes, that is my favorite course and I have learned a lot from that course and I invested a lot of time into learning that course. Because it is the basic course and it helps you understand about the project and how to do the projects and how to go about them from the beginning off the stage and to just execute them and implement them.

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

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
The major thing that I liked about the program, first of all was the structure of the David Eccles School of Business and the University of Utah itself. It is a very famous and a very reputed university throughout the world. There are different kinds of options that are available to me at my disposal. I had the option of taking a Masters in information systems, and Masters in Business Analytics. Both of them had different programs because it was clearly mentioned on their website. Everything is very crisp and precise. So it depends on what you want to do ahead so I went ahead and took Masters in Information Systems. There were different options of doing it Full time, part time or as an online student. There are many other things like the classes are in the evening. So throughout the day, you can engage into some internship opportunities, some part time opportunities and get down with your classes in the evening. That is one advantage. And it's a full time program for around twelve months. On the end, you can extend the program as per your flexibility. As for the number of semesters, you may go for three semesters, four semesters that's what normal people do. There are also different areas of specialization, there's business intelligence and analytics, there's Software and Process Management, there's IT Security. So yes, there were multiple options at my disposal through which I could choose the best one that suits my career path and my interests. The faculty that is there in the David Eccles School of Business is amazing. They're highly qualified and they are always there to help you in any kind of manner they can. And we can complete the project and the classes with the complete help of the teachers. They are always supportive in every kind of endeavor that we want to move on with. There are different types of scholarships available and there are career coaches who are there for you to help you throughout all your problems during your tenure at University of Utah. So yes, these were the few factors that I considered before coming to the University of Utah. There are many other colleges that I decided to go with. But this is the college I chose because it gave me a holistic view about how I want to move ahead in my career. Now, I believe that, yes, it was a very good decision, because the University of Utah, it is perhaps the best among everybody that, you know, used to get ahead in the field of information systems and business.

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

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
So the challenge is that I completed my Bachelors in computer science around four years ago. I've worked in a telecommunications company which moderately worked with the kind of field and kind of the area of interest I am into right now, that is information systems and data analytics. The work was not completely relevant, I'd say. All the experiences that I gathered throughout my four years of tenure and the professional experience, they were a bit different from what I thought that I would be using or leveraging in my information systems study. So that was one challenge that I faced that I was trying a different career part altogether and I had to work hard. I started from day one making sure that I learned the basics. And I get along with everything that has been introduced to me. Some accomplishments that I would want to share is the fact that I took on some classes that were difficult. I have tried to maintain good score on the quiz or in the laboratory experiments and I try to understand and inculcate the basics of every course and I'm really doing well in my quizzes. I have tried to maintain balance between my part time work that I'm doing along with my course in the field of study that I'm already into. That is one thing I'm proud of. The fact that everybody should try to maintain a balance, balance is the key. And yes, there will be a different kind of challenges that you might face, but there're always teachers, your faculty, your career coaches, your academic advisers, your peer students, everybody would be there to help you through all the way. So, yes, that would make it easy. And, it would make it a good experience and an enjoyment.

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

Asked by Jeff Musk

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
On the quality of program faculty in University of Utah in the Eccles School of Business is par excellence. It is an amazing community, an amazing set of teachers who are always available to help you out at any hour, at any time of the day. They have specific office hours. They're highly qualified, all of them have relevant and a huge amount of experience in the field that they're studying. They'll always help you to get into connections with different universities. University professors have different courses. They provide you with knowledge about the courses that you can do outside the curriculum that is already available to you, so that you can advance your set of skills. You are not limited by the knowledge that is provided to you by the university. They share their personal experiences. They're always available to you through email to answer any kind of questions that you want to about the course or the curriculum, any kind of problems that are faced by the students, if they are not able to attend the class, they have some genuine problem there, they understand the problem and they are prompt in their replies. The professors are always available as per your requirement. This is a very big benefit, because, yes, for people who are starting new and, you know, with very different work experience altogether, they require professors and faculty very frequently and yes, they're always there to help you. So, yea, that the quality of program at the university is just excellent and the students can strive for and achieve excellence.

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

Sukrit Sen

MSIS International Program Ambassador , University of Utah - David Eccles School of Business
Information Systems, Master's degree, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
for : Master's degree, Information Systems, University of Utah
Summarized By: Jeff Musk on Tue Oct 16 2018
There are allotted career coaches who would walk with you through your time at the University of Utah. You have different kinds of clubs like I'm a part of the tech club which conducts numerous networking events. There is an event called Meet Execs, where all the company executives come together and share their experiences. Tell us about the internship opportunities, the full time, part time opportunities that are available in the companies. That is a very good platform to know and understand how corporate environment works and what are the opportunities available for you. The alumni which we can reach out through the Smart Career Advice facility that we have. We get to choose one mentor and we go ahead and ask them for any kind of support that is useful to us. And yes, that is very important because they tell you the kind of path they have already been on, and they share their experiences. You get to learn a lot because that's the hands on experience that you want from somebody who has already been there and done that. There are numerous career fairs every semester. There are career fairs, in fall, in summer and in spring. There are at least twenty to thirty companies coming in. They share their backgrounds, opportunities that are available. And the program has courses designed as per the specialization for any particular student, and in any kind of career interests that they want and that helps a lot in deciding what you want to do and how you want to pursue your career ahead in life.

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