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Kia Marie Velasco

Kia Marie Valasco

CGI

IT & Business Process Consultant

Personal Information

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School: UCLA

Major: Applied Mathematics

Years at College Works: 2012 to 2013

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: CGI

Title: IT & Business Process Consultant

Industry: Technology

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Duties: Business Analysis: Developing knowledge of a client organization, industry, customers, and business objectives in order to help the client in a problem-solving role. Assessing user requirements, procedures and problems to create or improve a system. User Support Analysis: Providing quality client support by answering client questions, researching possible solutions to problems, and fostering open communication between the client and the CGI project team. Tracking software and documentation defects, performing application maintenance, and providing onsite consulting and training as required. System Testing: Working with system developers and designers to identify, diagnose, and document problems and errors in specific components of a system. Assessing how well a product adheres to its design, standards, as well as its usability and ability to meet business needs. Decision Analysis: Applying quantitative methods to study and make recommendations regarding various business issues, including credit risk management, customer profitability, resource allocation and optimization, and customer segmentation.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Graduating with a BS in Applied Mathematics and securing a full time offer in the field I've always wanted to be in.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP was the program that taught me what I am capable of by taking me out of my comfort zone 99.9% of the time.

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

My CWP experience equipped me in all my job interviews by being able to share the leadership management challenges I overcame. Interviewers like to ask behavioral questions and when you are able to share personal examples of scenarios you went through with your clients, you see your interviewers get impressed by how you overcame and resolved a problem.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

I enjoyed working with each client I had. We all had different challenges working together, but we worked them all out and I am grateful for the relationships I've developed with each one.

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

Rejection will and always be part of life, it's a matter of how you handle yourself in them and how you turn them around and keep yourself motivated to reach your ultimate goal.

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

It's pretty cool to have friends in completely different industries. Now college is over, I keep learning about different industries the people I've gotten to know are in.

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

You're in the driver's seat, don't be afraid to step on the gas pedal.

Advice

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

Find out what your weaknesses are and figure out how you can work on transforming those to improve yourself. Focus on the big picture. Times will come when you will want to quit and when that time comes, only you have the power to talk yourself out of it. Think about your "Why," the reason why you joined this challenging and demanding internship in the first place.

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?

Again, just think about what your weaknesses are and think about ways you can work on them. If you feel that CWP can help you transform yourself, go for it. If you feel that another internship will do the job, go with that. I've never been a fan of passing up any opportunities. Whatever it is you do in college, any internship that takes you out of your comfort zone will count. But at the end of the day, whatever it is you decide to do, you have the power to make that experience worthwhile and make that decision be the right one.

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

If you are interested in getting into consulting, be sure to get into related internships. Unpaid or not, your goal is to learn and be exposed to the field so when you go in your interviews, you will have relevant talking points with your interviewers.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Cancun!

Last words of wisdom

The harder you work, the luckier you get. With that, go and create your own luck!