Pat O’Sullivan majored in BIS before it existed as a standalone course

Pat O'SullivanPat O’Sullivan graduated from UCC with a Bachelor of Commerce in 1996,  one year before BIS was introduced; he did however major in BIS as part of his BComm.

Pat is now a IT Director at EMC Corporation based just outside Boston. 


Why did you do BIS? 
I did a BComm majoring in BIS, as the separate BIS course came a year later. IT was fast becoming the most sought after career in the mid 90s with plenty of work opportunities at home and abroad

What was the best thing you got out of the course?
It provided a key oversight which opens doors to many varied careers in the IT and business world.

Where are you now?
Director of BI & Analytics for EMC, based in the US.

How did you get this job?
This was my 3rd job out of college. I started as a developer at EMC and worked my way up.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given relating to your career? 
Network as much as possible, always make sure you’re making a good first impression, and make sure you always make your boss look good 🙂

What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced, and how did you overcome it? 
Being in the IT function of a high tech company means that we are always using leading edge technology (would go as far as calling it bleeding edge). This means we have to learn fast and adapt to our ever changing landscape.

Looking back now, is there anything that you would have done differently? 
I would start my masters/ MBA earlier in my career, before I had kids.

If you had one piece of advice to offer someone considering doing BIS, what would it be?
Embrace all the new technologies, everything you do today with your smartphone is relevant to how the IT world will function in the future (mobile, social and cloud).


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