IT Career Conversations
Find out if a career in IT is a good fit for you.
Are you looking for an opportunity to explore IT roles with professionals who work in the field?
IT Career Conversations is a chance to meet with professionals from a variety of local employers who represent various roles across a spectrum of IT functions. These intimate and structured conversations cover several different IT pathways, including Cybersecurity Analysts, Network Administrators and Software Developers.
Through this program and the Discover IT careers section on RITE’s website, you will learn what IT jobs are like and the potential pathways to make more informed decisions about your future.
IT Career Conversations On-Demand
Web Development – March 2, 2023
Anyone can build a website, right?
Well, that might be true, but to do it right, you need a lot of behind-the-scenes people working to make sure the site runs smoothly. In this IT Career Conversation, you’ll meet a full-stack developer and a Quality Assurance engineer that are graduates from Urban City Codes, a community-based tech training company that is working with under-represented, under-resourced individuals to teach them how to be competitive in our tech-driven economy. These graduates from Urban City Codes will explain how they design websites and keep them humming long, error free.
Artificial Intelligence with Hyland Software’s Innovation Team – February 16, 2023
Will advances in Artificial Intelligence (AI) make knowledge workers obsolete? In this IT Career C
onversation, members of Hyland Software’s Innovation Team (who started their careers as software developers) will discuss how AI is changing the IT world. They will also discuss some of the practicalities of using AI tools like GPT-3 and DALL-E.
Cellular Network & Data Center Operations – February 2, 2023
It’s estimated that we take around 93 million selfies each year and that 2/3rds of them are taken on smartphones. That’s a lot of data moving from smartphones, through cellular networks, to data centers worldwide. In this IT Career Conversation, you’ll meet a team from Verizon who design the networks and engineer the data centers that move and store all those selfies.
Network Operations – January 12, 2023
Headlines in 2019 declared Cleveland to be one of the “worst connected US cities” for access to high-speed broadband. Digital C, a local non-profit fixed wireless Internet provider is working to build networks in unserved and underserved neighborhoods in Cleveland. In this IT Career Conversation, you’ll meet Digital C’s Lead Network Technician discussing networking solutions they are using to reduce Cleveland’s digital divide.
IT Career Conversations V with Essense Doucet Lead Information Technology Program Manager, KeyBank, Bill Cook, Senior Director, IT Operations & Service Management, General Electric, and Nadia Heard, IT Project Manager, Eaton.
IT Career Conversations IV with Katie Starr, Information Assurance Analyst, Case Western Reserve University; Jennifer Zacharias, Information Security Senior Manager, KeyBank; and Latrecia Hunter, IT Security Project Manager Lead, Progressive Insurance
IT Career Conversations III with Roleen Crane, Manager, Site IT Support, Eaton Corporation and Anusha Kandel, IT Global Support services, The Sherwin Williams Company
IT Career Conversations II with Grady Burrows, Executive Director, HIT in the CLE; Alicia Stone, Senior Vice president, KeyBank; and William Fudge, VP Software Engineering, OEConnections
IT Career Conversations I with Nick Gabel, SW Engineer, Eaton ; Jennifer Zacharias, Information Security Senior Manager, KeyBank; and Roleen Crane, Service Desk Manager, Eaton