When Ellie Bodker graduated highschool, she knew she wished to attend a school the place she may marry her love of expertise and political science. She’d been part of a STEM program the place she found a ardour for expertise. Nonetheless, it was essential for Bodker to discover a school program that allowed her to discover enterprise and communication. And the iSchool felt like the proper place.
“I really feel like I used to be distinctive within the sense that I used to be on the lookout for the iSchool, however that’s actually what attracted me to Syracuse College, to start with,” says Bodker. “I didn’t essentially wish to research pc science, and I actually favored that the iSchool had that steadiness of administration and communications wrapped up into one diploma. I actually got here to Syracuse for the iSchool.”
Throughout her time in school, Bodker grew to become fairly concerned within the iSchool and Syracuse communities. She joined a social sorority, grew to become a peer advisor, participated in analysis with a professor, and was a part of the ladies’s community the place she linked with pushed girls from all fields throughout campus.
Along with college golf equipment, Bodker additionally labored part-time for SIDEARM Sports activities, a expertise platform that powers web sites and stay streams for collegiate sports activities. She started working with SIDEARM her sophomore yr and continued to work there for 3 years as a Streaming Help Specialist. Her position included aiding purchasers with the corporate’s audio/video streaming companies and monitoring stay occasions. SIDEARM was Bodker’s introduction to a customer support position utilizing each her expertise and communication expertise.
After her sophomore yr, Bodker earned a summer time internship with Deloitte, a consulting agency the place she labored with considered one of their inner expertise groups primarily based out of Chicago. “That was the primary actual internship cohort expertise I used to be part of, however it was a very strong program,” says Bodker. “I loved the work I used to be doing on my crew, however simply loads of skilled growth and every little thing that comes with being part of a program like that. That was a very formative expertise.”
Bodker then bought to mix her political science minor with information analytics as a analysis assistant for Professor Jennifer Stromer-Galley, analyzing political advertisements on social media. The analysis challenge led Bodker to her thesis analyzing how social media can convey public opinion and what impact social media has on voter habits.
Bodker’s final summer time on the iSchool, she interned with Amazon Internet Providers (AWS) as a Gross sales Intern. Once more, Bodker used her expertise data and communication expertise to determine buyer’s long-term targets and share how they may make the most of AWS. On the final day of her internship, Bodker earned a full-time place as an Affiliate Account Government. She would begin as quickly as she graduated with a level in Data Administration and Know-how in December 2020.
Even with a full-time job lined up after commencement, Bodker continued to construct her resume. Getting into her senior yr, Bodker labored as a Technical Writing and Social Media Intern for NPR. For this internship, Bodker wrote technical documentation for considered one of their inner software program merchandise.
“We had visited NPR on one of many iSchool highway journeys to a DC,” says Bodker. “The journey was all concerning the intersection of expertise and politics, which is clearly my curiosity as properly. And through that highway journey, they talked all about their intern expertise. Senior yr after I had a lighter workload, it appeared like an awesome alternative to get that have. At that time, I knew I used to be working in a company expertise setting after commencement, and I used to be excited to get that have working at NPR and mixing extra of these political and expertise pursuits.”
After commencement, Bodker transitioned into her full-time gross sales position with AWS. As an Affiliate Account Government, Bodker sells cloud computing software program. For Bodker’s position, she should perceive what she’s promoting, which is the place her iSchool training comes into play.
“I’ve to know the companies at a excessive degree to have the ability to talk that to individuals,” says Bodker. “They don’t come on the lookout for an AWS service. They’re seeking to construct one thing or migrate one thing, and I’ve to have the technical understanding to know what that appears like on our platform. However there’s loads of buyer relations concerned, which is the place the enterprise aspect comes. I’ve to gather their challenge scope, understanding their finances, their timelines, a few of these extra enterprise administration, tactical items.”
Wanting again on her school profession, Bodker didn’t think about she’d find yourself working in gross sales after incomes a expertise diploma. She didn’t initially see how gross sales and expertise linked. However by way of her internships and now her full-time job, she’s discovered she enjoys working with prospects to assist them use expertise to unravel issues.
“The iSchool offered loads of actually nice alternatives to discover totally different profession paths, which I discovered tremendous useful. I knew I used to be occupied with information analytics, and there have been sure courses that I loved greater than others, however there are such a lot of careers that this main prepares you for. It’s type of onerous to know the place to start out. So taking part in a number of the highway journeys and a number of the networking occasions that the iSchool placed on actually helped me slender down what I wished to do,” says Bodker. “The college’s additionally actually massive on experiences, like working, throughout school and having these summer time internships and getting concerned with analysis alternatives to type of take a look at out what you want and what you don’t, which helped me discover someplace the place I’m pleased.”