Preparing for a Career in Technology

Preparing for a Career in Technology

Its officially Fall! Leaves are beginning to change from green to an array of auburn, copper and orange; the excitement of Halloween is just around the corner, midterms and finals are unfortunately looming and if you haven’t already secured your flight home for Thanksgiving… well… that’ll be an awkward conversation for you and your parents.


For the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, Fall also marks the start of industry events, conferences, workshops and training opportunities. Last week, some of you may have taken part in the Twin Cities Startup Week and BITCON conferences. If you didn’t attend either of the conferences, we encourage you to take advantage of the FREE to low cost Student access to conferences such as these. They are excellent opportunities for students to learn about emerging products, services and careers in technology. Subscribe to our IT Connect Community to receive local industry news, events and career opportunities.


As the information technology industry evolves, it is ever more important for students to align their degree-focus to a desired position, role, function.  By the time you graduate you should be prepared and ready to enter the workforce. Being career ready doesn’t just mean having the technical knowledge and skills needed to be successful. You should also have the soft skills (critical thinking, communications, teamwork,, leadership, work ethic, etc) to grow professionally.


Students: MinneAnalytics Careers in Data Day | Oct. 12, 2018
There is currently a waitlist to attend this fair, but we encourage you to register and get listed on the waitlist as this list will used to disgtrubute additional opportunities and event updates! Register

The Cyber Security Summit | Oct. 22-24, 2018
This Summit provides students with the opportunity to meet and speak to over 50 cyber organizations and sponsors, who are searching for top Minnesota Talent. The Summit is also an amazing opportunity to learn about emerging solutions, trends, challenges and much more from national and local industry experts! Organizations such as Target, NaviLogic, Maslon LLP, Sirius, IBM, Centurylink, Unisys and others will be present and actively seeking and recruiting students. General Admission is $749, but Students will receive a 50% discount and will only pay $299 for access — the value of the networking and learnings opportunities from this event is priceless! The Minnesota State IT Center of Excellecne will have a booth at the Summit, we would love to meet you. Please stop by and say hello!  Register

CADSCOM Colloquium | Oct 26-27, 2018
This is a FREE Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence event for student, faculty and industry leaders. You are invited to join us as we present local reseach results and other learnings attained over the past year. Participants are encourage to get involved in future research projects! This is a great way to inrease your thought leadership visibility in the Data sector as a student, faculty or organization. Registration is now open and FREE! Register

MINNEMUDAC | Nov. 3, 2018
This is the third-annual analytics event where graduate and undergraduate students can compete as they explore real-world data while enhancing and showcasing their skills. Students who participate in these types of events get real life hands-on experience as well as access to industry leaders looking to hire talent! Be one of them! Register

For any inquiries regarding the programs and workshops mentioned in this article, please contact, Janice Aanenson at or call (612) 659-7221.


Formerly known as Advance IT Minnesota, the MN State – IT Center of Excellence engages employers, educators, technology professionals and learners to develop a more robust IT workforce in Minnesota. A Center of Excellence within the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU), it is located at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Midway campus. For more information, visit the IT Center of Excellence.