| by Jeff Sawyer


Jeff Sawyer

Jeff Sawyer is CCI’s Director of Employer & Professional Network Development and the Career Advisor for students interested in the data analytics and technology career fields. Below, he describes great career exploration and development resources for students.

Let’s begin with a few fun facts. The United States is the largest tech market in the world, representing one-third of the total global market.  It represents an industry which accounts for the highest number of fastest growing companies.  The Internet of Things (IoT) now links millions of devices that were previously unconnected to the web. Technology sector reports indicate that the number of internet-connected devices will hit 50 billion by 2030 (source: Enterprise Insights).  Organizations of all types (for profit, non-profit, public sector) will need to deploy AI within their work activities within the next five years to continue to succeed in their respective areas of expertise.

Moreover, the global big data analytics market size is projected to reach USD 684 Billion by 2030, growing at a compound average growth rate of 13.5% (source: prnewswire)  The increased adoption of big data analytics software by various organizations to deliver enhanced & faster decision-making is driving the big data market growth. The big data market size is also growing due to the growing demand for cloud-based big data analytics software.

So now that you have the big picture, here are a few resources for you in exploring the rapidly growing career fields applying the technology and data analytics knowledge and skills that you have experienced through your Middlebury education.

CCI Technology and Data Analytics Newsletter.  You can subscribe through the form embedded in the newsletter.  The newsletter has four tabs and the following content:

·  In the News - technology-related news items, upcoming events and opportunities of note,
·  The Big Picture – an overview of the technology market and links to various emerging areas in technology and career roles which provide more information,
·  Top Resources – links to various resources (job boards, websites, guides) for students interested in pursuing career roles in data analytics and technology to help them prepare to pursue those interests, and
·  Stories from the Field - alumni in various career roles in a broad selection of employers provide their insights and advice through recorded interviews.
CCI Webpage. In addition to the resource access you have through Handshake, check out a number of events, programs, and resources to help you navigate along your career exploration and development path through the various tabs on the CCI website. 
See an Advisor. You can also make an appointment with one of our career advisors to further discuss your career field interests and how to best prepare to translate your Middlebury experience into successful pursuit of your post-graduation goals.

NOTE: For students at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies, please reach out to Bryce Craft,  the Director of Employer Relations in the Career Advising Center. His email address is bcraft@middlebury.edu

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