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"CIO Magazine" featured Seidenberg Professor Mike Coakley in "15 ways to advance your IT career"

06/27/2018

"CIO Magazine" featured Seidenberg Professor Mike Coakley in "15 ways to advance your IT career"

Keep an eye out for opportunities

When Mike Coakley graduated college, he found himself at a bank, cold-calling potential customers about refinancing their mortgages. But, he says, the software used to run the business — and to pay the employees — badly needed upgrading. He took on the work himself and the president of his division transferred him to IT. He’s currently CIO at the City of White Plains, New York, and an adjunct professor of computer science and information technology at Pace University.

“Keep your eyes and ears open, because opportunities show themselves to us all of the time,” Coakley says. “Be prepared to take a risk and try something new. If you fail, make sure you learned something from the experience.”

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