CDP Class of 2004 – 2007
Penn State University
B.S. Management Science Information Systems
I helped set up the Phoebe Assisted Living Resident Connect Program in 2006. The program encourages seniors to use computers through monthly one-on-one lessons. They enjoy learning how to use email to stay in contact with their families, search for information on the Internet and, of course, play games!
For me, the best part about the CDP Program was the mentoring.
Each CDP is assigned a permanent mentor who encourages and strengthens career-building skills and assists with career decisions. Each of my supervisors also acted as a mentor. In fact, one of my mentors helped me find my current job when I needed to relocate to California.
Another benefit of the Program is the rotational aspect—it helps you to understand what you like to do best. I knew coming into the Program that that I wanted a job that was part business, part IT. Beyond that, I wasn’t sure.
In my first assignment, I coordinated and co-facilitated events to evaluate efficiency, effectiveness, and flexibility of the company’s IT processes. I didn’t know it then, but I was strengthening skills I would later use to lead projects. Next, I served as a liaison between the businesses and IT—understanding the client’s needs and working with IT to provide appropriate solutions. My third assignment responsibilities included business improvement and cost control projects. And I realized that I was hooked on project management.
Today I’m in my second permanent assignment as a project manager focused on process improvements. I also supply reports to business leaders that help them to track the performance of the business.
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