G Saunders' Whereabouts
Monday the 15th:
I'm heavy into grading today, have finished a run thru some very good-looking websites
for INFO300, am into the quizzes, then the tech briefs, and all grades will be posted late afternoon
or early evening for review. INFO465 loose ends, including emails about
demo times, should be tied up and posted at about 3:45 this afternoon.
Except for some virtual meetings with INFO465 Seniors, office hours are over for the semester,
will post them during advising week. I expect to see email a couple or few times a day
during the break.
Advice for IS Majors:
Have these when you apply for a job or internship: A Portfolio that
enthusiastically answers "What did you learn in school?" Show evidence of Technical Curiosity!
Be able to demonstrate IS Brand Skills! Deep technical skills are always in demand, have gotten
our grads jobs even in a down economy.
Develop and pitch skills in Unified Modeling Language,
Structured Notation, Network/Rack diagrams, Database ERDs, and other models pertaining to IS and IT!
Always do more than your classes require and put the most polished stuff in your Portfolio!
Ask your instructor if what you submit in class is good for a portfolio and ask for critique if it isn't.
Get Certified! A BS Degree doesn't trump Certificates! Take notes in class, keep your eyes OFF
the social media, and stay involved with the topic at hand -- your
instructors will appreciate it and be happy to make recommendations when they're needed, otherwise
you'll leave no good impression, and you may be perceived as a jerk.
For every project you're assigned in a class, do one or two more on your own.
Think about your interests, talents, and skills. Make your Roadmap
to a career that will entertain your interests, and actualize your talents and skills!
You need to be proactive in this regard, nobody else is going to do it for you!
- Cs are really _BAD_ grades. At most universities they do not mean 'average', they mean worthless.
The ordinary student IS earns As and Bs in all or most of their courses.
If you're getting Cs and Ds and haven't developed any skills
please get out of the major and help us protect the value of our degree. Unless you've somehow got some deep technical skills to demo along with mediocre grades a degree will be worthless for IT jobs anyway,
or unobtainable if you're hovering below a 2.0 GPA.
- More and more I hear that programming skills are in demand!
Our top earners at graduation like programming and are ready to learn more about it on their own.
Peter Norvig says you've only just begun to Teach Yourself Programming in Ten Years. New Relic suggests you be familiar with these Ten Secrets before you go looking for a job.
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