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From a Classroom to a Career: Kelley's Technology Education

Nov 25, 2013

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Will Petrovic

Will Petrovic chose the Kelley School of Business because he expected a superior education with many career options. He started as International Business and Marketing major, but in his senior year, he chose the path of a business technologist and decided to enter the Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) Program.

Stepping into the unknown
Petrovic’s story is not unusual. The reputation of the Kelley School of Business invites students to stand up with the best and give the world of business a try. Starting college as an “open book,” Petrovic quickly immersed himself in the Kelley Culture: attending faculty’s office hours, joining student clubs, and participating in case competitions. These tools and the network of acquaintances connected him to a growing passion—technology management.

“My time spent outside of class was just as important as the time I spent in class. The Technology Management Club especially helped shape my future as it introduced me to many students also interested in business technology and to many companies interested in hiring business technologists,” said Petrovic.

Solid ground for the future
Finishing his undergraduate career, Petrovic’s past internships grounded him. Employment options available as an undergraduate were be similar to his internship experience. 

After his junior year, he worked at Owens-Illinois, the world’s leading glass-packaging maker. His role as project manager provided opportunities to learn relevant skills while on the job. But Petrovic thought a different career path would allow him to continue to be challenged in different ways on the job. 

Undergraduate courses paved a foundation for technology management, making Petrovic an asset to any company. And he desired to excel in the position of his choice. A consulting career could provide the development and growth for which he was looking. Obtaining a position in a technology consulting firm is difficult and firms like to see depth and familiarity with both business and technology—this career is possible to obtain with an undergraduate degree, but secure with a graduate degree.

Petrovic saw the advantages of applying to the MSIS program in the extra internship experience and skill development it would provide. He chose the MSIS program to better understand how to apply the concepts he learned with greater proficiency.

Consulting firms appreciate the impact this additional year gives future employees. With an internship after his senior year with KPMG in Management Consulting - Technology, Petrovic received an offer to join the company full-time in Summer 2014. He accepted the offer before starting classes in the MSIS program in August 2013.

Programmed to succeed
Petrovic understands the difference between the graduate and undergraduate level of intensity. In previous years, he was introduced to SAP and Visio, and now his mastery is developing.

“I learned a lot in my undergrad Information and Process Management classes but the graduate classes are on a whole new level of depth and intensity. For example, the ERP course in MSIS went far beyond what I learned about SAP as an undergrad,” said Petrovic. “My hope is that the depth and breadth of knowledge I am picking up in the MSIS program will help me perform at higher level when I enter the workforce.”

The advantage of the MSIS program is more than system-skill development. With the student body being almost fifty percent international, students like Petrovic receive different world-views in the classroom. Group-work also enables the students to build off the strengths of their classmates, using work-force and system experience. 

“I enjoy learning about Indian culture in addition to benefiting from the range of experiences and skills of my group mates. My experience in the program has been good and I have learned a lot in my few months on the grad side of Kelley. I am looking forward to learning about Business Intelligence next semester and hopefully going on the MSIS India trip.”