Senior Project Manager
Skills I rely on most in my job:
Collaboration with key project stakeholders, planning on meeting their requirements. Critical thinking and problem solving are very important in complex projects.
In high school, I would have been voted most likely to
Question from Jake, Peterborough, ON
“What was the career pathway you took to get into technology?”
For me it all started in high school, Grade 10, when my favorite subjects were computers and business.
When my dad was guiding me on what career path to go and study we found this technical program at George Brown College (in Toronto): computer networking. I completed the two-year program but I felt it didn’t quite meet my other passion, business, so I continued my studies at Ryerson University and completed a Bachelor of Commerce in Information Technology Management.
So, to answer your question, you could either pick a college or university program that is focused more on technical aspects of the career, like computer programming or networking, or go with a program that includes some business courses like mine at Toronto’s Ryerson University and become an IT project manager.
Question from a student in Vancouver, BC
“What kind of things do you do in IT? What is the workplace like?”
Depending on the company you work for, the IT department could be responsible for many technology operations. Here at Cadillac Fairview, we:
- Support all computers in the organization, install operating systems and applications like MS Office, and connect these computers to the company’s network. This would be a service desk and network engineer staff.
- Make sure that computers and data are secure. We install antivirus on the computers and put different technologies in place to protect data on company-issued devices (computers, tablets, smart phones) from cyber hackers. This would be an information security analyst, along with technology vendors and a project manager.
- Develop in-house business applications to support our business or we purchase and configure “off-the-shelf” solutions from technology vendors to meet our company requirements. E.g., a financial system would probably be something we would purchase from a reputable technology vendor and we would work with our Finance department to configure and implement that solution for them. This would involve business analysts, accountants, computer programmers, and a project manager.