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Joe Rolleston

Joe Rolleston

Pitsco Education

Application Systems Analyst

Personal Information

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School: Pittsburg State

Major: Finance

Years at College Works: 2013

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: Pitsco Education

Title: Application Systems Analyst

Industry: Finance

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

I analyze our business for areas of need and either create or seek technological solutions to move us forward in the most efficient way possible.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Landing a full-time role with a company I believe in, before I graduated.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP has meant that I am able to let my past do a lot of talking for me.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

I switched majors pretty late into college, from Finance to Information Technology. I was able to land a pretty high-level internship in my new field with zero experience, primarily because of my time with CWP. The vast array of virtues CWP showed them was enough to prove that I was ready for any challenge. I am where I am today because of that experience and it is my belief it would have not been possible without CWP.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

"The pain of discipline is less than the pain of regret." - Something I always heard from my DM Brett Koop. This means many different things depending on different times in life, but it is always applicable and important.

If you had to come up with an one line slogan for CWP, what would it be? :)

It gets used a lot these days, but if there is any company that embodies "Work hard, play hard." its CWP.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

Know what you are getting into, it will be the hardest thing you have done. But if you take the challenge, go all in. Every bit you put in will be completely worth the sacrifice.

Many college students struggle to choose between an internship specific to their target industry or doing CWP. What advice would you give them on this subject if they wanted to enter your career field?

I totally understand the confliction between doing an internship in your field or CWP. However, it is only one summer, and it is no lie that the skills you learn in CWP are applicable to any and all fields. And when employers hear what your experience entailed, traits like your character and mental fortitude shine through, which are pretty tough to demonstrate on a resume when you are in college.

What's your best advice for someone interested in entering your career field?

Do everything you can to gain actual, hands-on experience, and if that is not possible utilize the breadth of resources available online. Be learning something new every day, it will pay off.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

The feeling you get at some point when you take a step back and look at the business that you have created.

Last words of wisdom

The best helping hand is at the end of your arm.