Roger Kurian advises IT students and aspiring IT professionals
Roger Sam Kurian has spent many years building his career in the information technology (IT) industry. Throughout this journey, he worked hard to ensure he progressed in the industry, constantly taking longer to obtain new certifications. We caught up with Roger Kurian to discuss his journey from college to the professional world and find out what advice he has for IT students and aspiring IT professionals.
“My career started in India, where I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the University of Bombay. I was a great candidate and got a degree in computer engineering,” says Roger Kurian.
After graduating from high school, Roger Kurian began to consider his career prospects. Around this time, he made the life-changing decision to further his education by pursuing a master’s degree in the United States. He says, “I graduated with a Masters in Computer Science from Kent State University College of Arts and Sciences. My thesis was titled Management Benefits of Using GQM (which stands for Goal Question Metrics), Continuous GQM, and VGQM.
With these degrees in hand, Roger Kurian began to pursue the various options available in the computer industry. He started with a small job during his Master’s degree to familiarize himself with the professional side of the computer world. “From my experience, I think it’s always important to take baby steps and learn your way when building a career. So I started my career working in a small company in jewelry store where they used a product called GraphicCAD Cimagraphy”, explains Roger Kurian, looking back on the first stages of his career.
Early in his career, Roger Kurian had the opportunity to apply the technical skills he had acquired throughout his training and learn new software that would become useful for his journey in the IT industry. Roger Kurian says, “It was like working off campus. It was small, but it gave me a good knowledge and exposure to the AutoCAD product.
After graduating and getting his master’s degree, Roger Kurian was able to further his career by becoming a programmer. “As a programmer, I developed websites and did a lot of programming in C, C++, Java, JD, .NET, C#, ASP.NET and some web services”, explains Roger Kurian.
Through programming, Roger Kurian learned the fundamentals of being an IT professional and developed an appreciation for the business side. He says, “It opened the doors to a business analyst role. A business analyst is a liaison between the business side and the technology side. »
Able to thrive in a variety of roles, Roger Kurian continued to provide services as a business analyst. He quickly began training people on the specifics of the business analyst role and how they could be successful. “I remember taking the training sessions in Agoura Hills, California, and also in New York with a company called Macro Technologies, because at the time, business analysis was a new role,” says Roger Kurian.
Through this role, he continued to advance his career. Soon he was able to add Project and Program Manager to his resume, with the ability to work with various large companies such as Shell, Dominion Electric and Louisville Gas and Electric (LGE).
Roger Kurian says, “My business analyst opportunities have opened doors for me to more project and program management opportunities. I worked my way up and in doing so learned everything it took to play all the “lower level” roles and used that knowledge to mentor the person in that role. ”
Roger Kurian was able to develop his professional skills by taking the time to acquire other certifications that would help anyone wishing to join the IT industry. He advises new professionals to take the time to learn various aspects of the IT industry, from technology to business.
Roger Kurian advises: “I think Scrum right now is huge. It is therefore essential to have certifications such as the CSF (Certified Scrum Fundamentals), the CSM (Certified Scrum Master), the CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner). I was also involved in getting PMP (Project Management Professional) certification at one point, I would highly recommend that as well. »
Roger Kurian stresses the importance of understanding finance, not only to advance your career, but to advance yourself. He says: “I also think that knowing the financial sector is useful. It gives you a broader perspective on the global or national equation when it comes to finance. It also helps you better manage your finances.
The journey to becoming an IT professional can be different for everyone. However, with guidance from Roger Kurian, you will be able to get ahead and determine your specific niche within the IT industry, and also have the knowledge and understanding to be flexible in your roles.