Jess Rogers '08, Systems Consultant at Accenture, is Grateful for Systems Curriculum
Jessica Rogers '08 graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business/Systems, and now works in Washington, DC as a Systems Consultant for Accenture. She is shown above talking with Dr. Felix Aguilar, Retired Director of the Systems Curriculum. Below is Jessica's story about how adding Systems to her International Business degree helped her gain valuable job skills and employment:
"[As a Systems Consultant], I have worked on various aspects of the software development life cycle, including requirements gathering, functional architecture, testing and, most recently, a call center implementation focused on business process redesign. Taylor University's Systems curriculum is first class and continues to have a lasting impact on my work for Accenture.
Taylor's Systems Curriculum is Flexible and Provides Practical Industry Experience
There are several reasons that make the Systems curriculum at Taylor unique. First, it can be paired with almost any major. This flexibility allows students to be challenged by the full spectrum of the Christian liberal arts education that Taylor provides, while still building technical skills that are widely marketable. Also, the curriculum fosters critical thinking and problem solving skills that can be applied across disciplines and in the workplace. My principle course of study at Taylor was International Business, but I am forever grateful for the opportunity to pair it with Systems.
Second, the curriculum culminates in a project, completed over two semesters, that provides practical industry experience. I will never forget this project, when I truly learned the meaning of hard work, critical thinking, and teamwork. The final presentation in the spring of my senior year was a highlight of my college career and one of my proudest moments. During my interviews with Accenture, I explained how I had worked through the software development lifecycle from beginning to end for a real client. This sort of experience is difficult to find in those applying for positions out of school and impressed my interviewers.
Systems Curriculum can be Life Changing for Career
Finally, the 'secret sauce' of the Systems curriculum at Taylor is the amazing Computer Science and Systems department faculty. The professors had a significant impact on my life both personally and professionally as they challenged my intellect and critical thinking skills in class, cheered me on through the interviewing process, repeatedly asked how the Lord was working in my life and in my work, and celebrated with me at my wedding.
When I received a job offer from Accenture, initially I was worried that I would not be able to keep up with the other recently hired consultants at the company. I was beginning my career with peers recently graduated from Harvard, Rose-Hulman, and other prestigious universities. What a surprise (though it should not have been), and delight, when I got to my first week of training and realized that I was just as, or more, prepared as they for the processes, methodologies, and rigor involved with being a Systems Consultant. I did not know the first thing about Information Technology when I started the Systems program at Taylor, but through a rigorous curriculum and excellent professors I left fully prepared for the career I pursued. I encourage all prospective students, regardless of major, to consider the Systems curriculum. It could turn out to be a life changing decision."