If you and I are close on social media, or real life, you probably knew that I took two and a half months off this year to attend Officer Training School (OTS) in order to pursue my commission in the Air National Guard. The whole endeavor was fairly intense, so blogging about it in its entirety would be virtually impossible, but I want to highlight a few aspects that I think will be worth remembering throughout the rest of my career.
In mid-January, a former boss of mine contacted me about an immediate opening in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Senior UNIX Systems Administrator position with a small company/start-up where she was working and, after a week of discussion, I accepted the position and set about to move my entire life, my fiance, and my possessions the 1,500 miles from Little Rock to Las Vegas within two weeks.
To say that the process was a logistics nightmare would be an understatement but, in large part to very helpful friends, I was able to resign from Jacobs on the 30th of January to begin working for Criterion-Systems on the 1st of February. It was a hectic road-trip, but we managed to stop along the way to see some of the historic landmarks and take a few scenic detours on Route 66.
After no small amount of deliberation, discussion, and courting, I ultimately decided to forgo the year-long break and immediately pursue a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Thus far, my academic and professional career has followed a linear progression from electrical engineering concepts to database management while hitting each step in the process.
However, two questions remain, what do I do with these databases that I manage? How do I wield this large amount of data in which I've been entrusted, and how do I use it to solve the problems that my business encounters? Business Analytics aims to answer these questions, and this graduate certificate is the most logical bridge between an Information Science background and the goal of obtaining a Masters of Business Administration.