“In business, communication skills will often set a job applicant apart from the pack.”
Director, Oracle Technology,
University of Notre Dame, BBA ITM '99
I started at Notre Dame knowing that I would never be a business major. Then, while taking my prerequisites, I discovered that I liked the business classes, and found Management Information Systems (MIS) to be a good fit. Now, after 10 years in the IT business, it has become increasingly apparent that two skills stand out in IT candidates: communication and a desire to learn.
In business, communication skills will often set a job applicant apart from the pack. It’s important that job seekers learn to verbalize their strengths. At the end of the day, many people have technology skills, but I’ve received offers because I brought a level of confidence to the table and could communicate my skills to prospective employers.
Secondly, enthusiasm is important. It’s not the ability to learn technology that’s key, but the desire to learn. Whether it’s asking questions during an interview or seeking additional skills in database logic, the candidate who seeks more knowledge and increased levels of responsibility will make inroads in his or her career.