Master of Science in IT Management
Bachelor of Science in Networking
Desktop Support Supervisor
William Baker has worked with information technology for more than 25 years, but it wasn’t until 2008 that he decided to go back to school so he could qualify for higher positions in IT administration. In 2011, he graduated from Regis University with a Master of Science in IT Management, a degree that complemented the Bachelor of Science in Networking he previously earned at the same university.
Having held titles such as systems administrator, PC network administrator, and director of information technology and security, Baker truly knows a thing or two about how technology can improve business. Currently, he works as a desktop support supervisor, is an adjunct faculty member at Webster University, and owns his own computer consulting business.
Why did you choose to major in IT management?
I chose to major in IT Management for two reasons. The first is that I wanted to start a part-time adjunct teaching career. My master’s degree has allowed me that opportunity, and I have been hired by Webster University to teach in a new master’s program they have put together. The second was for an opportunity for a senior level IT position, such as CIO or CTO. Iím still working on this one, but once the economy improves, I think it will be a real possibility.
What did you like/dislike about majoring in IT management?
There was nothing that I disliked about my major. I really enjoyed my program and the variety of classes that I completed through Regis University. I also enjoyed meeting other students, listening to them, and learning from their real-world experiences.
How has your major impacted your career or influenced your career path?
I think it has helped me land a job in our tough economy. Iíve always worked in IT since the late 80s, but especially as of late, having an advanced degree is a big asset.
What knowledge/skills did you obtain from majoring in IT management that you still put to use in your current position?
I canít really say I learned many new things, but I did learn how to refine certain things I already had known. I canít really point out one thing that I learned that I use in my current position, Iíd have to say itís a little of everything that I learned.
What advice would you give to students thinking about majoring in IT management?
Donít be discouraged about the amount of work. IT is always changing and the people who can keep up with the changes will be the ones to succeed in the future.