Tuesday, April 14, 2015

your chance "speed-date" (professionally) CIO's, IT Directors, etc on Friday!

This Friday, the 17th, our MIS club (MISA) is collaborating with a local philanthropic group of CIOs & IT Directors to give MIS students "face time" with top role models in the field. This is a new golden opportunity to get some direct contact with the local leaders who are giving of their time to help mentor the next generation.

There will be execs from a variety of MIS areas including, IT Infrastructure, IT Analysis, Applications, Analytic's/BI, Consulting (Tentative), along with some SJSU alums.

And the "speed dating" approach means you're in a small group of 5 or 6 students that gets to chat informally with each of the execs directly for a few minutes, rather than sitting in a crowd watching from the audience. Each time the bell rings, you and your team rotates to the next exec, so you get quality time with them all. It's a golden opportunity to learn from the brightest, most successful IT luminaries in Silicon Valley.

Space is limited (to ensure everyone gets quality face time) but there are slots left. Register here ASAP before they hit the cap. 

Note: The event is running 1-2pm at the Blach Construction Company, 2020 Fortune Drive Suite 100, San Jose,      95131. (Rides are available if requested). 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Python workshop postponed by one week to April 24

We've had to postpone this event by one week to April 24. If you already had a ticket, that will still work for this new date. If you can't make the new date, please cancel at the EventBrite site so you're not a no-show.

If you still need a ticket, there are some still left and you can get them at:


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Hands-on workshop: Intro to Python Programming

Just announcing the newest Free Ascent Workshop Series event–a hands-on Intro to Python Programming from our own Professor Venkatsubramanyan on April 10. Like the others it runs 1-4pm in BBC 032. Here's the EventBrite link to get your ticket. (You MUST have a ticket and you must cancel through EventBrite if you can't make it because a no-show is NOT ok–it keeps someone else from getting in.) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/missjsu-free-ascent-career-series-2015-intro-to-python-tickets-15531269445

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Free Ascent Career Series ticket glitch fixed

Just an update that I've corrected some some glitches with the EventBrite site for these events (below). All seems to be working now. Sorry for any problems. Tickets for both still available. Here's the info again from last post:

There are still tickets available for the Network 360 workshop coming up this Friday, March 6, 1-4pm in BBC302 but you have to register in advance here so do that now before it's too late.

Also, tickets are now available for the Database 360 workshop, on March 13. Same time (1-4pm) but note the location is BBC305 for this one.

Monday, March 2, 2015

more graduation tune-up events coming...sign up, save the date, etc.

There are still tickets available for the Network 360 workshop coming up this Friday, March 6, 1-4pm in BBC302 but you have to register in advance here so do that now before it's too late.

Also, tickets are now available for the Database 360 workshop, on March 13. Same time (1-4pm) but note the location is BBC305 for this one.

I'm planning to put on Another Salesforce workshop soon, TBA, so stay tuned. More on the way...

To remind you, this series is open to all MIS students but targeted especially to seniors who are graduating and looking for jobs.

In case you're wondering, the answer is YES, recruiters DO ask you specific questions about routing protocols, SQL, etc. to make sure you know your stuff before they hire you. You DO want to be able to impress them with your knowledge which may be a bit rusty, especially if it's been awhile. THIS is your chance to polish up and get the best career launch you can. THAT's the Free Ascent concept. USE it to your advantage.

BTW - Remember, no-shows are a no-no, so only sign up if you're really going to be there and if you do and you can't then be sure to cancel your tickets 24 hours ahead, using the EventBrite sign you used to sign up.

your chance to meet a real billionaire! (seriously)

This is a guy named Jim Thompson, back around the time he was a SJSU student in the early 60's. After he left he went to Japan and, with $1000 in his bank account, he started an international shipping company. Now he's a billionaire.

So...how to do get to meet him? Turns out hhe does a lot of philanthropy, including funding the Thompson Global Internship program here. It's a chance for top business students to travel overseas for a few weeks in the summer to work on projects for his company. He pays travel expenses AND a salary while you work on a project and you usually get to meet him to present your results at the end of the program. It's a phenomenal opportunity you should try for.

It's open to students of all concentrations in business and they put you in teams that might have 2 MIS students and 2 finance students, for example, depending on the nature of the project. So far, the projects usually have some technology component so we have been fortunate that MIS students get a large share of the invitations.

The application period for the summer 2015 program are now open.  We do not know the types of projects yet, or the locations, but Hong Kong or London are probably good bets. As in the past, we expect anywhere from 8 to 12 internships probably beginning the first of June and lasting up to 8 weeks.

If you graduated in summer or December, or will graduate this May, you are eligible. The application deadline is March 16. Though there’s an outside possibility that may change, your safest course is to plan for a March 16 deadline.

NOTE: You must have a passport (valid until Feb. 2016 or 6 months after your return) in hand, and appropriate visas to return to the US if not a citizen or Greencard holder. The website with program description, requirements, etc.: http://www.sjsu.edu/cob/tgip/

The application form itself is here:

Please read the requirements carefully and if you are eligible, go for it! If you have questions, contact Jeanne Sawyer (jeanne.sawyer@sjsu.edu).

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

next week: cool, free visionary program on the digital economy

This looks like a really interesting program and it's being held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View which is fabulous in and of itself. People told me for years I should go and when I finally did, I became a huge fan and regretted not going earlier. You can only really understand today's technology fully, when you see where it came from–the influences for everything that we take for granted now. Get yourself there, ASAP.

Back to this program–it sounds fascinating: "Managing Digital Assets: The Challenge of Creating and Sustaining Intangible Value in a Data-Driven Economy". It's panel reporting out a study of the implications of emerging information technologies on societies and governments–so the impact of the new stuff on the world, basically.

And the panelists are impressive:
  • Robin Chase, Founder, Zipcar, Buzzcar, Veniam Works, 
  • Michael Fertik, Founder and CEO of Reputation.com, 
  • Bill Coleman, Partner, Alsop Louie Partners, and 
  • Vijay Sondhi, Senior Vice President, Innovation, Visa Inc. 
It's free, it's close, and it's in a cool place. You can't help but learn something and see some good role models, at the very least. Smart people, important ideas. Good place to hang out for awhile.

It's next Tuesday, 8:30-10am. See more & sign up here.