WASHINGTON, PA (April 5,2018)—Sam Schaub’s experiences and opportunities at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) led him to early success in the technology field—starting with a job he got just weeks after graduating in May of 2018.
Sam, who majored in physics and math, works as a technical consultant with Sogeti USA, a business of Capgemini. He started the job in June of 2018 and currently works in the field of business intelligence, helping companies to understand and use their data to make better decisions. Consulting is often a career move people make after they’ve worked in the field for a number of years, but Sogeti offers opportunities to recent graduates, as well. They work with clients who already have well-established teams and projects, allowing them to learn quickly from their peers.
“It’s a different approach because we are folks who are eager to learn and prove ourselves, and be a part of the technology field,” Sam said. “It’s good for Sogeti because they get new workers on the ground and new ideas being brought in, and it’s good for us because we have a lot of resources available to help us learn and gain training on the job.”
Sam’s used to learning on the job. As a W&J student, he interned at NASA Langley Research Center, working on a project with a telescope mounted on the international space station. He did a lot of programming work at NASA, which translates into his current role with Sogeti.
On campus, Sam was a student worker in the Division of Student Life, where he worked for fellow W&J alumnus Justin Swank ’08 to create internal communications, with a focus on graphic design. That, combined with classroom work, made Sam more well-rounded and prepared him for the workplace.
“I would say generally—for anybody with any major—I feel pretty strongly that W&J prepares you to be a learner. So even though you have learned specific skills in one specific area at W&J, I would wager that you can apply the skills you used to learn new topics in just about any field,” Sam said.