Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems
Wealth Management Associate at Living Wealthy Advisors
Heather Seward earned her associate of science degree in computer information systems from State University of New York Delhi in 1995. After graduating, she began working in the legal department at Golden Coral’s home office, but soon transferred to the IT department. For the next 15 years, she worked for various companies, but remained in the IT field. She is now a wealth management associate at Living Wealthy Adivsors, and this is her first job outside of IT since earning her degree.
Why did you choose to major in computer information systems?
When I first started going to college, I was a math major and was pursuing a secondary education degree in math. Then, when my husband graduated, we moved to Delhi, New York. I still wanted to earn a degree, so I looked through the majors that State University of New York Delhi was offering, and computer information systems caught my attention.
What was something that you enjoyed about the major?
Well, at the time, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with the degree once I graduated, so I just focused on my classes. I really loved my computer programming classes.
What is something that you didn’t like about the major?
I’m not sure how the degree is viewed now, but when I earned my degree in 1995, computer information systems was a pretty vague degree, so I had a hard time getting my foot in the door when looking for a job.
What impact has a degree in computer information systems had on your career?
Once I was able to get a job, my degree is the reason I was able to move to the IT department with Golden Coral, and then continue in that field for the next 15 years of my life.
What did you learn while earning your degree that you are able to use today?
Computers are such a part of everyday life now. I can’t really think of anything specific, but majoring in computer information systems gave me a foundation of knowledge about computers that, even though I earned my degree in 1995, is still relevant today. I use what I learned everyday.