Victoria Rodriguez's Path Traveled
- Application Architecture
- Data Architecture
- Data Science and Data Management
- Technical Project Management
What prompted you to chose your career path, and when did the door first open?
I began pursuing my bachelor's in CS simply because I excelled in the mandatory CS101 course and my terrific professor (Dr. Mary Courtney, Pace U) suggested I take the level 2 course.
In my third year of playing soccer at college, I had a sports injury that caused me to sit out for a season and enabled me to play for a fifth year. At the time, I was working the front desk at the Seidenberg Schoool of CSIS and reporting to the dean of the school, with whom I had a great relationship. Because of the fact I'd taken a full course load for my first three years, I was ahead in credits and Dean Bernice Houle suggested I take advantage of my fifth year of support from athletics and enroll in a five year combined degree program so I would earn my MS in IS. I took her advice and also took an internship working a helpdesk position that I found through career services on campus. While working at the helpdesk at the NYC Law Dept, a former teammate of mine contacted me about an internship in HRIS at Pace which was meant to become a full-time position.
It was explained to me that the position was heavily data-focused and I'd need to learn HR business processes. At first, I was apprehensive of both of these notions but I've always felt that a step in the right direction was better than standing still! When I finished my MS, my boss at Pace took me on as a FT HRIS Analyst and that was the start of my career. Because Pace was a Banner school, I received a LinkedIn notification recommending a position in IT at St. Johns University building Banner Integrations - another step in the right direction.
Possible career paths based on Victoria's subject area:
- Lead Programmer
What are a few networking events, channels you'd recommend?
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
- Athletics and other team/character-building experiences
Victoria's Picks: more resources & materials to help get you to the next step...
- Career Services
What certificates or degrees do you recommend for someone pursuing a career in IT?
- Computer Science
- Information Systems
- Data Mining
Victoria's recommended getting started courses (online or in-person):