I am studying at the college of Staten Island for an
undergraduate computer science degree. Combined with my
microcomputer applications diploma from St. Catherine's
Business College in Ontario, this will qualify me for work
in the business world. I am skilled in computer
applications, programming, hardware configuring,
connection, repair, and training non-computer personnel.
I graduated from St. Catherine's in 1996, but did not seek
work. Instead, I got married, settled with my husband in
New York, and began to extend my education. I came to CSI
hoping to learn more sophisticated programming and hardware
design in order to expand my knowledge of commercial
software application that I learned in Business College. I
feel that with this knowledge, I would be better prepared
to obtain the type of employment I would be seeking in the
After graduation, I want to find employment at a small,
dynamic company that is just setting up its computer
system, or redesigning or reconfiguring its system. At a
large company, I believe, I would find myself part of a
large computer staff, doing the same few things over and
over. On the business scale, in a large company, one works
on the computer aspects of a small corner of that company,
and it is hard to get a sense of the business purposes of
one's work. I may be quite unhappy in a small corner of a
large company, sitting in front of a screen all day
entering codes and setting up scripts, and interacting with
very few people. I would probably not stay in such a job
very long.
At a small company, on the other hand, one ends up doing a
little bit of everything. One learns not only about the
computer aspects of the company, but even about its
business operations. Insofar as I would someday like to go
into computer consulting, or even some sort of
entrepreneurship of my own, such small business experience
is much more valuable, I believe.
It would be especially nice if it was a small company that
was using computers in a creative way. A small graphics
design, advertising, or architectural firm would have
fascinating, cutting edge uses of computers in visual
design. For example, an architectural firm would use
computers to design buildings, colleges and houses. An
advertising agency would use this technology to design
their newspaper advertisements and television commercials.
The ideal thing for me in such a company would be to start
out as an assistant to the person in charge of all the
information technology, and eventually, after sufficient
experience, to assume a managerial position, there or
elsewhere. I think I could learn much in such a setting,
since computer knowledge in the abstract is not as useful
as actual hands on experience, applying computers to solve
problems. I would also very much enjoy helping the
non-computer people learn to use their equipment, and
maximize their efficiency. Finding such a position depends
of course, on how well I have developed my computer skills,
and on the job situation in my field when I graduate.
Computer technology and software is advancing so fast that
future capabilities are simply hard to imagine. For
instance, there might come a time when people have to
gracefully step aside and robots would take over. It is a
pleasure using such technology, and it is exciting to
anticipate future developments. It is a field in which one
cannot sit on one's laurels, but must continue to train and
keep up with new developments. This is done through
additional courses and degrees, technical literature and
magazines, and attending shows that display the latest
developments. It is by nature an exciting field that keeps
one's mind sharp.


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