Technology Careers

Career in IT Management
Day in the life as a Associate Director of Information Technology

Tina Rice
IT Specialty:
IT Management
Job Title:
Associate Director of Information Technology
Small, private college
Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science

Q. What year did you complete your degree?
A. 8 years

Q. Do you feel your degree adequately prepared you for your technology career?†
A. Yes

Q. How many years have you been in the IT field?
A. 9 Years

Q. Have you ever worked in a field outside IT?
A. Yes, 5 years at FedEx as a courier

Q. In what way did working in other fields prepare you for the IT field?
A. The only preparation it gave me was learning how a business works.

Q. What personality traits and skills do you possess that you feel help you in your specific IT field?
A. Organization, logical thinking, and patience

Q. What steps does someone go through to get a job in this field?
A. Networking with individuals already employed in the field.†

Q. What are ways to advance in your field?
A. Certificates and advanced degrees

Q. What is the most enjoyable thing about your job?
A. The people I work with and the feeling of accomplishment when Iíve figured out a challenge.

Q. What is the biggest challenge regarding your job?
A. Lack of a mentor

Q. What skills do you use at work?
A. Lots of troubleshooting

Q. What percentage of your day do you spend working independently or in a group?
A. Independently 75%

Q. What is one thing you didnít know about your field before getting into it that you wish you had known?
A. How many different IT fields exist and how narrow each one is.

Q. Why do you feel Information Technology is ďTHEĒ field to be in?
A. If you love working through a challenge to figure out the best solution, you will love any part of the IT field.