25 Promising Career Paths for Touro GST Grads
What will you do once you have your diploma?
By Elizabeth Laura Nelson
If you’re considering pursuing a graduate degree, you probably already know that a good education is the springboard to success. From Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States, who said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest,” to President Barack Obama, who called knowledge “the most valuable skill you can sell,” there is no shortage of enthusiasm out there for the value of higher education.
But once you have that diploma in hand, what can you do with it? It’s not unusual for graduates to wonder, “what next?” once their final projects have been turned in and the so-called “real world” stands waiting before them. At Touro University Graduate School of Technology, however, this doesn’t tend to happen very often.
“There areso many different job opportunities that students have if they come to our school,” says Issac Herskowitz, Dean of the Graduate School of Technology (GST). “We have three different programs, and each degree offers unique opportunities.”
Recently, the program chairs of Touro GST’s three degree programs —Dominika Juraszek, Web and Multimedia Design; Payam Bina, Instructional Technology; and Shmuel Fink, Information Systems —talked with Issac Herskowitz, Dean of Touro GST, about the many different paths available to graduates, and what makes Touro GST such a unique and wonderful place for students to start their careers.
During their conversation, they identified some of the top career paths they see their students pursuing. Prospective students and future grads, take note: These are the opportunities you could be qualified for, with a master’s degree from Touro GST.
Web and Multimedia Design
“Once you graduate from our master's program, you really have several directions you can take,” said Dominika Juraszek, chair of the Web and Multimedia Design program at Touro GST. “There are many specialties, and we cover them, not just within our core curriculum, but also within the extensive electives that we offer.”
Some of the career paths open to grads of this program include:
- UX UI design
- Graphic design
- Product design
- Multimedia design
- Video production
- 2D and 3D animation
“Touro GST offers students an opportunity to thoroughly explore all the different software required by today's design industry, sharpen their portfolio skills, and create a personalized presentation —they’re not using a template or formula that everybody else is using,” said Juraszek. “Our students get real world experience, for example, through our summer design lab, which allows them to create products and designs for existing companies. Having this type of end product in your portfolio is powerful and impressive. Many of our students end up getting jobs at top companies like Google and Apple.”
“Our Information Systems program has four different components to it,” explained program chair Shmuel Fink. “There are four core courses that everybody takes, and then the electives are specific for the individual concentration. It’s almost like four different degrees that can lead to four different career paths —but they all fit under the one umbrella: Master of Science in Information Systems.”
Because there are so many different paths in Information Systems that students can take, there
are dozens of different jobs that graduates can land or work their way up to.Some of these include:
- Data analyst
- Business Intelligence (BI) analyst
- Database developer
- Database administrator
- Data warehouse analyst
- Web developer
- Mobile app developer
- Project manager
- Cyber security specialist
- Network administrator
- Network engineer
- Cloud computing specialist
- Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
- Chief InformationOfficer (CIO)
- Director of Technology
“Of course, we wouldn’t expect our graduates to apply for CTO or CIO jobs, but if they start working as technicians, analysts, or managers and move up through the ranks, it’s not unlikely that they can eventually become Directors of Technology, and then move up to be vice presidents of the company, and from there, become CTO's or CIO's,,” said Fink. “Our students come away with very strong skills in several fields. It’s a unique combination that I don't think too many other programs have. Regardless of what path they take, their skills are in high demand.”
The Instructional Technology program has two concentrations: One for corporate trainers, and one for teacher certification,” said Payam Bina, the program’s chair. The teacher certification track allows public school teachers to get a master’s degree within the required time frame after getting certified to teach. “They can also become a technology coach and work for the district, rather than being in the classroom.”
A few of the job titles a graduate of
the Instructional Technology program could pursue include:
- Instructional designer
- Corporate trainer
- E-learning specialist
- Director of Technology
The best thing, though, is to attend one of Touro GST’s Open Houses or online info sessions, which are a great way for prospective students to meet the instructors, find out about our programs, and get their questions answered.
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