Computing knowledge is becoming more and more useful as business can now move entirely through the internet and on the cloud. Having access to this knowledge will make you a key member of any business team, and can even let you stand out from the crowd in this improving, but still competitive job market. Houstonian Sameep Shah took his technology degree from the University of Houston-Victoria and turned himself into a stellar programming professional who manages his own small business.
What does your current position entail?
“As a small business owner, I do pretty much anything that’s required. But a majority of the time, it entails programming code, managing other programmers that work for me when I need additional programming done, talking to potential clients about their business, managing current clients and promoting my business.”
Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?
“I would says it’s half/half. Yes it helped me to understand the overall field of computer programming and helped me to realize the basics of programming. It also helped me during project management, working in groups and writing professional emails. The remaining half though, such as working with clients, business, sales and marketing, is something I had to learn on a day-to-day experience basis.”
Have you participated in any form of continuing education since beginning this position?
“Most of the ongoing learning that I do is reading articles online, speaking with other programmers and reading books. I haven’t taken any additional college courses since graduating.”
Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?
“I would highly recommend they talk to someone who works in the field to find out what an I.T. professional does on a day-to-day basis. The reason for this is because the field is so vast — from programming, to engineering, managing hardware, managing networks, computer security and project management, to name just a few. Find out which suits your personality more and what really interests you.”
Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.