Thanks to this week’s sponsor, Carnegie Mellon University.

I have written and spoken often in the past about the fact that a college degree today is the ticket to play for someone in their career. While it’s no instant guarantee of success like it was for the Baby Boomers and Gen X, going to a school that will teach you practical skills is a way to set yourself up for success.

When I first mentioned to a friend that Carnegie Mellon was a sponsor this week, his response was “that is a nerd’s nerd school” (in an endearing way). Friends of mine that went there are the type that build real robots from scratch. They are really smart people.

Carnegie Mellon University’s Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) degree with a Business Intelligence and Data Analytics (BIDA) concentration is developing an elite set of graduates cross-trained in business process analysis and skilled in predictive modeling, GIS mapping, analytical reporting, segmentation analysis, and data visualization.

Students in the MISM-BIDA program acquire the skills to integrate cutting edge information and analytic technology practices with applied business methods. The program features world-renowned faculty teaching a cohesive blend of data analytics, management, strategy, and IT courses. It is this unique mix that makes our graduates highly valued by corporate recruiters. Our MISM graduates have a ten-year track record of receiving highly competitive employment offers from financial service firms, consulting companies, technology agencies and start-up organizations.

Learn more at Carnegie Mellon Heinz College.