Scott Thompson is a 2015 graduate of Georgetown University’s Technology Management program. He currently serves as a Principal Consultant focusing on business development, change management and digital strategy.
“I've been able to tailor everything for the TM program to what I'm doing within my company, which has been extremely beneficial.”
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[MUSIC PLAYING] SCOTT: I was working in the area, the DC area, in the private sector, for a tech company, and I wanted to go back to grad school, mainly focus on business management, but for the IT sector. So I did my research on the different grad schools, and what's available, specifically MBA programs. And Chicago Booth, I look into them. I looked into the MBA program here at Georgetown. And the tech management program here just lined up everything with what's going on the sector, and more focused on combining business and IT, which is the career I was looking to stay in.
They have to stay up to date with the trends and how the IT sector is evolving, especially from a management perspective. So, again, the networking here, especially professors, is one of the biggest draws, and one of the biggest pieces that I have enjoyed in the program so far.
Someone asked me, you know, why the TM program, and why come here, and why come to Georgetown? I definitely would refer them to the biggest piece is, again, the network and the adjunct of professors. They're up to date, the information is up to date, and then the network of your peers. We have completely different levels of students that are here from people just entering the tech industry, coming at it from undergrads, to people that have been in IT development and business management within the IT sector for 20 years. And that's the interaction that you get.
The content's good. It's academia, and that's always good, especially here at Georgetown, where you're really getting to network with professors and the peers. And I've been able to tailor everything here for the TM program to what I'm doing within my company, which has been extremely beneficial, since the company started at Georgetown, and it's finishing at Georgetown.
Networking, content, and collaboration-- those are the biggest three words. People in class are all about talking and providing their experiences, and everyone's up for debate. It helps everybody else to learn who's not in that industry or had that situation. They provide applicable information and go back to where they're at in their career. Collaboration between the peers and everybody in your class-- everyone's more than happy to provide their experiences based on their current status, situations that they've succeeded and failed.
And then the networking, again-- it's the professors. It's the program. It's companies that are coming to hire at a TM program. And then it's your peers. And, again, the content is just up to date by the professors. What they're providing us, they're changing. Every class I've been in, they changed on the spot. And things have been happening in the media and changing within the IT sector, we discuss them on the spot in the class. And those are the biggest pieces for the program.
The students and the peers within the program are collaborative, but they're actually competitive. Everyone's career driven. Here at Georgetown, it's a good school. Everybody here is trying to advance in their career, but they're very collaborative. Everyone wants to help everybody else.
We have people from finance IT side of the house. We have people that-- we have a lawyer that's just now entering the IT sector. He wants to practice law for tech companies. So, he has no idea about the IT sector whatsoever. And then we have IT experts, who are coding and developing. And then we have program managers. It's a wide range.
We have entrepreneurs. We've had a couple of companies come out of the TM program, tech companies. And Georgetown fosters that. They really do try and promote the entrepreneurship and the creative thinking, and how do you take what you're learning here, and evolve that, and put it in your career and advance yourself and evolve your career for yourself.