Student Spotlight: Linda Rubino

Name: Linda Rubino    
Expected graduation year: October 2018
Job TitleAdmissions Manager
Company: 2U
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Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Linda Rubino and I currently live in Virginia right outside of Washington D.C. with my fiancé, William. Along with working full time and attending the online MSIM program, my fiancé and I are busy planning our wedding! In my spare time however, I love to cook and plan weekend adventures which include spending time with family and friends.

How do you define information management?

I define information management as the ability to make sense out of the vast amounts of data we collect. Behind all of that data is a story. The story, however, cannot come to life without making sense of the data to create meaningful information and insight. An information manager should be able to understand how to manage the information on both the technical side and the business side of an organization.  

What is your academic background?

I hold my Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media Studies from Lock Haven University as well as a certificate in business/corporate communications from Duke University Continuing Studies.

What made you want to explore a career in information management?

Instead of thinking about what role I saw myself in, I focused on what skills I was looking to gain from a master’s program. With the rise of professionals needed who have a technical skillset, I began to look for a program that would allow someone like me (non-technical) to learn and develop these skills. This led me to Syracuse University’s iSchool! I am now adding a whole host of technical skills to my tool belt and very excited about the potential I will have in the future.

How are you applying what you are learning in your program?

The beauty of the information management program is that it is a blend of management courses and technical courses. So far I have taken four courses, and I started my next two for the summer 2017 quarter. I have gained exposure and hands-on practice in IT project management and data modeling as well as management theory and best practices. I have found the management courses to be immediately gratifying. Overall, I am learning a lot about myself and my own ability to apply what I’ve learned to my profession.  

What made you decide to also pursue a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science?

This goes back to what made me want to explore a career in information management; I focused on the skills I was looking to gain. Being able to obtain my M.S. in Information Management while also being able to focus on gaining a Certificate of Advanced Study in Data Science seemed like a perfect fit and honestly a no-brainer!

What do you plan to do after you graduate with your master’s in information management?

Right now I do not have an immediate plan. But I firmly believe on creating as many open doors for yourself as possible. I love the ability to network with my current classmates and begin to understand all of the possibilities that will be available down the road. 

How will this degree move you closer to your long-term career goals?

I can already see how this degree is helping me develop technical skills that were once foreign to me. Overall, that is exactly what I was hoping for.

Tell us about your experience collaborating with classmates in an online environment.

During my undergraduate degree I took a few online classes, but nothing compares to the digital courses with Syracuse University! It is amazing to finally be able to put a name to a face and make meaningful connections with my fellow classmates. Part of the attractiveness of graduate school is being able to grow your own professional network. To be able to do that in real time through our live classes really helps me learn from the material and the professor as well as from my classmates!

What advice do you have for others considering this degree?

Don’t create barriers for yourself by holding yourself back or underestimating yourself. I am exploring many of these areas for the first time, but I can still keep up. Meanwhile, my classmates who have been in technical roles for some time, still learn something new or are fine-tuning best practices. So don’t be hesitant! If you are looking for a program that truly cares about your development and potential, then the online information management program from Syracuse University’s iSchool is the perfect place to be.