What are Technology & Entrepreneurship Careers?
Technology and entrepreneurship are closely interconnected. Technology has advanced our ability to be entrepreneurs and innovators due to the mobility that it allows. Cloud services have made it possible for a small startup to use the same technology as a technological giant or Fortune 500 company. Technology and entrepreneurship allow us to be innovators in a world that is more connected than ever before. There are many career paths available:
- Software - productivity and business applications, network and security applications, mobile apps, video games, cloud computing, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cyber security
- Business roles - including product management, business development, business operations, sales, finance, customer success, marketing, UX/UI design, human resources, corporate communications, legal
- Entrepreneurship/startup - development, design and launch of a new business/product
- Hardware and infrastructure - computers, servers, storage, tablets, mobile phones, printers, network equipment, cloud data centers
Recent CMC graduates have started in technical roles such as: software engineer, associate product manager and data analyst, and non-technical roles including: business development, sales, technical recruiter (HR), associate account manager, finance associate, customer success representative, marketing, product marketing, communications, and UX/UI design.
Would you Thrive in Technology & Entrepreneurship?
- Do you enjoy a face-paced, quickly-changing work environment?
- Do you thrive under the pressure of constant deadlines?
- Are you comfortable with irregular schedules?
- Are you drawn to solving problems with data and an analytical skill set?
- Do you like to study engineering design concepts?
- Are you excited by new online technical applications?
How can you Learn More about Technology & Entrepreneurship?
- Check the Technology & Entrepreneurship Interest Cluster Box (located within Career Interests on the drop-down menu under your name) in Handshake to receive info about upcoming events, internships and jobs
- Search out job shadow opportunities on Handshake that will provide you with a "day in the life" experience of different careers
- Read the online Vault Career Guides such as the Vault Career Guide to Information Technology and the Vault Career Guide to Social Media
- Attend alumni, parent and employer-led panels and workshops throughout the year - check Handshake events for more details
- Participate in the annual Information Technology Advisory Board (ITAB) networking trek which takes place during winter break in January; application typically opens in September
- Participate in the semester-long Silicon Valley program
- Set up a Github account where you can do projects and collaborate with other coders and gain skills
- Attend events and/or become a fellow of the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
- Attend events and/or become a research fellow at the Kravis Leadership Institute
- Join the CMC Kravis Lab for Social Impact
- Take workshops/use tutoring services or become a workshop lead/tutor at the Marty Sunak CMC Quantitative Computing Lab
- Gain technical skills through LinkedIn Learning
- Participate in the Hult Prize Social Entrepreneurship Competition
- Volunteer to build websites for student clubs
- Gain problem solving skills in various areas working with real world clients through Claremont Marketing Group and Claremont Consulting Group
- Develop technical skills through projects with 5CHack and P-ai
- Harness your ideas and entrepreneurial spirit with Pomona Ventures
- Understand and build your skills for product management through Product Space (5C)
- If you are interested in blockchain or data analytics, look into the Blockchain Club and Vector Data Analytics
- Showcase your technical acumen through Peter Thum's '90 Muse platform; a simple, drag and drop to create your own website/portfolio; no coding or design skills needed!
What should you know about Recruitment in Technology & Entrepreneurship?
Recruitment for these sectors generally occur off-campus. Tech typically recruits in the fall, August - November for technical roles such as product management, software engineering, data analytics and UX/UI. Non-technical business roles including business development, sales, marketing and customer success will typically recruit from February - April. *There are some companies that may recruit for all roles at the same time in lieu of dividing them between fall and spring. Big tech companies will recruit well in advance (fall), while start-ups will recruit a few months in advance. Technical roles will have a technical interview (coding for software engineering and product case questions for product management roles).