Susanne Tedrick, a current student in the Virginia Tech Master of Information Technology (VT-MIT) program, recently participated in an interview regarding her participation in the program. Tedrick currently works as a cloud platform technical specialist with IBM in New York, and has recently published a book, “Women of Color in Tech: A Blueprint for Inspiring and Mentoring the Next Generation of Technology Innovators.”

Why did you choose to pursue VT-MIT?
I chose the VT-MIT program for its flexibility – in both course and program selection as well as time commitment. The program allows you to customize a degree plan in areas that are of interest and importance to you. Since classes are 100% online, I can attend class and complete coursework at any time. All of this is backed by the wonderful academic reputation and resources that Virginia Tech has to offer.

What skills and knowledge have you gained or polished so far?
I've developed a much deeper understanding of the myriad of technical challenges businesses face, including how to fully utilize emerging technologies to their advantage.

How do you think the degree has served you so far in your career development?
It's given me more credibility when holding client and team conversations and I believe it will continue to do so as I complete the program.

The VT-MIT program offers students great flexibility. To what extent has this been important to you in managing your work-life balance?
Flexibility is incredibly important. My work entails that I am available for my clients and teammates to reach me at a moment’s notice. The program allows me to have the flexibility to study during times that are convenient to me and as well as serve my clients when they need me the most.

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