Yichun (Tony) Liu
MS Information Systems, 2018
Where are you working?
I’m a risk advisory consultant for EY in the Philadelphia office. The actual responsibility varies from project to project. Currently I’m working with a Fortune 100 telecommunications company to implement a new inventory system.
EY is very mature and professional, especially the training sessions to get you oriented into the working environment. They’re doing a tremendous job. The communications and feedback are very effective. You know what you’ve done well, and you know where there are areas for improvement. I think it is great for young professionals. I really like it.
How did the Office of Career Services help you?
I followed the step by step playbook that was put together by John Malone (Career Coach, MS Information Systems). When we started, he gave out this playbook that told you exactly what to do every month – when to upload your resume to the school’s HireSmith site, how to think about your career and decide on your career objective.
I put a lot of work into my job search preparations. The STAR story workshop was very helpful, to show you how to create stories to show your value to interviewers. I knew my STAR stories inside out. They tell you how to tie the stories to keywords you might hear in interviews. I also did a lot of practice sessions on case studies, to be ready to do case study interviews. I did online mock interviews as well, to practice video interviews.
I spoke often with John Malone, to think through what companies to apply to and how to network effectively at industry events. I started to meet with on-campus recruiters and that resulted in my offer from EY. John helped me so much. He is a rock star.
What did you like best about your program?
The quality of education, and what we learned, really prepared me well for what I’m doing now. Everything I’m working on now was covered in my classes.
The professors in our program are truly knowledgeable, demonstrate academic excellence, were willing to go extra miles to help us out, and care about their students' success. Professor Gordon Gao, Sean Barnes, Jessica Clark, Siva Viswanathan, Anand Gopal, and Krishnan Balakrishnan all gave me their help and support. Without them my success wouldn't have been possible.
Another thing I like about this program is that everything is so transparent and clearly communicated to us. Expectations are set and then followed through.