Student Spotlight: Kyle Fox
Name: Kyle Fox
Program: MS in Information Management
Expected graduation year: 2018
Job title: National Project Manager, Research and Development
Company: The Princeton Review
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I have a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science from Ursinus College. In the hours that I’m not working, doing school work, or sleeping, you would be safe in assuming that I’m eating, Olympic lifting, reading, playing chess, or working with my dog. It’s a good day when I get to do more than one of those in a 24-hour span. Sometimes, I even double up and do more than one at the same time, which is met with mixed results. Have you ever tried eating a rotisserie chicken while lifting weights? It’s a mess. Not recommended.
How do you define information management?
I define information management in the context of how I want to use it. So, for me, information management is understanding the contents that should inform decision-making at the intersection of strategy and tactics for any given industry.
That definition is not exclusive, though. It just works for me. Information management also defines manipulating the content that impacts tactics and operations, or developing competitive advantages. It’s a broad topic, and my guess is that no matter what you’re interested in, in 10 years it’s going to be a requirement that you interact with information.
What made you want to explore a career in information management?
Information is a capital-H “Huge” growth market. Everyone has it, and almost nobody knows what to do with it, which means that, at this juncture, employment options are as close to user’s choice as one could possible expect. Want to work in nonprofits? Cool, they have information that needs managed. Want to work in industry? Wall Street? Manufacturing? Government? Restaurants? You name it, they have information now.
What do you plan to do after you graduate with your master’s in information management?
My dream wishes are to be able to take this information and do one of two things. 1) Open my own company. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial itch. 2) Work in professional basketball. I’m a bit of a hoops junkie, so it would be really neat for me to be near the sport all the time.
But, in lieu of either of those things happening, I’m motivated to be a C-level executive and to provide for my wife and future family the best possible life. I enjoy the challenge, love people development, and hope I can parlay this degree into a rewarding career working with interesting topics.
How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?
This is my entryway into an industry that I’m a little separate from. I’ve spent a number of years doing project management, which has been rewarding and interesting. I hope to combine this degree with those experiences and find myself in a high-mobility position.
Tell us about your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment.
The challenges are really no different than those presented by traditional environments. Your interactions are a little different and a little more purposeful, but the people are the same—they’ll present to you the same basket of challenges and rewards that working with people in any context presents.
What advice do you have for others considering this degree?
The most successful students interested in pursuing a master’s degree are those who are interested in treating the pursuit like it’s a job. A couple of months ago, I had no prior knowledge of coding, computer work, or anything that makes the industry tick. You can learn all those things in your classes, and you will. But evaluate your intentions and when you decide this degree is perfect for you, what you want to be doing, and where you want to be in life, dive in with both feet.