Thursday, March 23, 2017

ALL MIS STUDENTS: Hear from top women execs in Silicon Valley free & maybe win $100

ALL students no matter what your gender, major, beliefs, or other identities may be are welcome to attend the Women in Leadership League Conference, WILL2017, here on campus (Student Union Ballroom) on Saturday, 4/22/2017 from 9:30am to 5pm. But it will be especially good for MIS students because the keynote addresses come from a couple of top women execs from Cisco and Apple:

These are women who are great role models for MIS students, regardless of gender, and you can learn a lot from them. Also you can win $100 and/or an iPad!

Lunch and refreshments will be provided. We will also raffle off 3 iPads at the end of the day.

Register at: by midnight on 4/7/2017 to be entered into a drawing for a $100 gold card.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to “network with a purpose” joining groups of ten individuals to discuss issues of importance as you build the roadmap to your career.  The discussions will be led by moderators form top Silicon Valley companies, including Cisco, Apple, Intel, Adobe, Ericsson, Dell, Nvidia, and many more!

Here's the website:

Check it out.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

super-valuable opp for MIS students interested in Cyber Security

I know. It's holiday time. Everybody's relaxing & doing other stuff but I just saw this amazing opportunity for students seeking a career in Cyber Security and the deadline's coming up before the start of Spring semester, so I'm posting now, hoping people will see it in time.

It's a chance for students to work directly with cyber leaders in the US Dept of Homeland Security. Seriously. How impressive would that look on a resume? Not to mention all you would learn. And the networking potential is staggering. If  you have any interest in this field (and if your GPA meets the 3.0 minimum) then you should get your app in ASAP but for sure before the Jan 20 deadline.

Here's the blurb they sent me:

The Cyber Student Volunteer Initiative (CSVI) is designed to give students an opportunity to work alongside cyber leaders with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

CSVI offers summer opportunities to current undergraduate and graduate students. This nationwide program provides students the chance to gain invaluable hands-on cyber experience through challenging work projects, real-life scenarios, and mentoring from DHS cybersecurity professionals. This initiative provides a way for the Department to expand the pipeline of future cyber talent which is needed to execute the unique cybersecurity missions at DHS Component.

Interns will have the opportunity to apply concepts, protocols and tools acquired through coursework in the real world by working side by side with experts in cybersecurity. Student assignments focus on mission areas such as identification and analysis of malicious code, forensics analysis, incident handling, intrusion detection and prevention, and software assurance.

And here's their webpage with info & app.

Good luck!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Spring MIS Elective in Big Data: Seats Available—Register Soon!

Big Data is probably the hottest area in MIS right now, so if you need an MIS elective (or even if you don't) you should grab a seat in either of Jensen's two Spring 118S sections now while there's space available.

Yes, 118s DOES count as an MIS elective. (MIS students need two to graduate.)

No, it will probably NOT be offered next Fall, so get registered for this Spring.

Yes, employers are hungry for Big Data/Data Analytics skills and you will be getting hands-on experience with leading edge tools from IBM and others. says:
"Big data is not a fad. We are just at the beginning of a revolution that will touch every business and every life on this planet.
At the rate at which data and our ability to anlayze it are growing, businesses of all sizes — large and small — will be using some form of data analytics to impact their business in the next five years.
The question isn’t whether or not big data is here to stay; the question is are you ready."
118S is your chance to get in on it.

Check out this Forbes Roundup Of Analytics, Big Data & BI Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2016 about the phenomenal growth predictions for Big Data to nearly double from 2015 to 2020.

And, among all MIS subjects, Big Data definitely brings up the coolest images on Google. Check these out:
Not that Google images are a great way to pick electives...but they sure don't hurt. 

Think about it. Soon–before it fills up.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Dec MIS Grads - pls help with 3-min survey ($50 possible!)

First, Congrats! Getting through all the requirements, registration challenges, life diversions, etc. is a big deal. Well done. Time to write the next chapter in your life.

Second, before you go can you take 3 min to leave us some data (anonymous) that we can use to help other students and the MIS program? The SJSU Career Center is collecting this and giving away $50 in a raffle so it could be profitable for you, besides giving back to future generations.

Here's the link to the survey which is in the Career Center's Handshake system. And here's a link to the flyer they're distributing, if you're interested.

Thanks for helping out. Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

1st Latino Tech Summit & Career Expo: Santa Clara, right after T-giving

I know everybody's in Thanksgiving mode already now, but take a moment to look ahead to next week so you can plan for something that could be quite useful. From November 30-December 2, the Latino Institute for Corporate Inclusion (LICI) in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), as well as several national Latino organizations, will host the first Latino Tech Summit right in our neighborhood (Santa Clara). Lots of impressive speakers, etc. from the Latino tech community will be there and the Career Expo part is a great chance to connect with employers. 

The student registration is only $30 and includes breakfast & lunch so definitely worth the cost. Check it out:

Thursday, November 17, 2016

great Jr Webmaster student assistant job on campus

If you're an MIS student who has some good web skills, eg. taken 118W, and/or picked up some HTML/CSS/Javascript and some familiarity with PHP, MySQL, etc. (at least a year left before graduating) then this is a great opportunity for you to work on campus (College of Humanities & the Arts)—here's the job description and here's the app.

Computer Science and Computer Engineering students will be applying too, and they may have more strength in Unix, Shell Scripting, Git, etc. but MIS students have an edge in some of these Key Competencies they list:

  • Ability to learn new skills (technical or nontechnical) quickly
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Planning and organization

and Primary Tasks and Responsibilities like "Work closely with Senior Webmaster and Team to create schedule and organize tasks."

Oh, and the staff-person who is managing the hiring process is a former advisor from our Jack Holland Student Success Center here in Business, so she knows the MIS program and students and reached out to me specifically with this opportunity. :)

So if you're in the ballpark with the technical part, you've got a decent shot. Give it a try. Even though it's on the 4th Street side, it's still super-convenient to work on campus and a great resume-builder toward a web-related career launch when you graduate. Good luck!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Oracle at SJSU Seeking MIS Students - Tomorrow (10/25)!

Check out the announcement below from Oracle's campus recruiter, asking for SJSU students in MIS (among others) to attend an info session about job opportunities there. It's tomorrow (10/25) from 12:30-1:30 in the Student Union Theater. Oracle's a major force in the industry so definitely worth hearing what they have to say, at least. Then they have One-on-One's with managers in the afternoon if you decide you're interested.

Keep in mind that employers who come to campus are spending a lot of time, energy and money to be here because they want to hire SJSU students so you have a leg up over everybody else out there who is trying to get a job with them. Take advantage of it!

Oracle will be on campus this coming Tuesday, October 25 for an information session as noted below.  After the information session we will have two managers available to speak to students about supply chain careers and engineering careers.  We will ask students to sign up for the manager one-on-ones at the information session.  Please encourage your students to attend both events.  Space will be limited for the manager’s one-on-one. All students are welcome to attend.  We will be hoping to speak with students in the following majors:Computer EngineeringElectrical EngineeringComputer ScienceIndustrial and Systems EngineeringManagement Information SystemsGlobal Operations Management  Oracle’s World Wide Operations at SJSU Information SessionTuesday, October 25, 201612:30-1:30pmStudent Union Theater            Come learn about one of the most effective and efficient manufacturing and supply chain teams in the US.  Our dynamic team include some of the brightest business, manufacturing, engineering and supply chain professionals in the world delivering Oracle’s portfolio of hardware products at the fastest rate and lowest possible cost.  Manager One-on-One’sTuesday, October 25, 20162:00pm – 5:00pmCareer CenterAdministration Building, Rooms 154 and 255 Come have a one-on-one conversation with a supply chain manager or engineering manager.  Sign-up for your one-on-one at the Information Session.