Giuseppe Barletta graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology in August 2018 with a degree in Computer Information Systems. In this interview, Giuseppe talks about changing his major from Computer Engineering Technology to Computer Information Systems.
Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Giuseppe Barletta, I am Boston native and first-generation American. I am very proud of my Italian heritage and I love helping people. I love techy stuff and video games. I enjoy playing around with new tech and I am now in a full-time role where I have the opportunity to work with new technology.
What got you interested in Computer Information Systems?
I initially majored in Computer Engineering Technology because I wanted to do something hands-on. In my sophomore year of college, I realized that it was not something I wanted to do because it was too much theory and code. It required me to sit in front of a computer all day. I wanted to do something different and then I discovered Computer Information Systems. I hear that Computer Information Systems had a good mix of IT experience and project/business management. It was very well-rounded and I had the chance to learn more about business management. This major allows me to talk to people, but at the same time allows me to use my tech skills. I also have a minor in Computer Networking. I definitely want to lean more towards the technical side of Computer Information Systems.
What advice would you give to students looking to major in Computer Information Systems?
Being a Computer Information Systems major requires you to be very outgoing, have a great personality, and it teaches you the people skills needed in the business. Everyone in the Computer Information Systems program at Wentworth knew each other and we are a very supportive group. Being in Computer Information Systems requires you to present yourself well. It’s all about the people skills. You can learn technical skills, but it might be hard sometimes to explain technical jargon to the business. Being in Computer Information Systems allows you to have that intersection of business and technology.
What advice would you give to students looking for a co-op?
Try finding a mentor. I was fortunate enough to be paired up with a classmate in my technology acquisition class who became my mentor. He kept in contact with me and was able to mentor me throughout the job application process. Keep an open mind and apply to everything and anything. The job market is rough sometimes and some roles require years of experience, which is impossible for us recent graduates. Definitely, dress to impress and be honest about your skills. Please do not lie in the interview. At Wentworth, we are fortunate enough to have a co-op program. I underutilized the co-op advisors, which was a big mistake. They have a lot of insight and connections in the industry. Even speak to the professors and academic advisors. A key takeaway is to not be afraid to ask for help.
What’s your dream job?
I always enjoy working with people. I did work in help desk before where I had to help a ton of clients. For my dream job, I want to be in a position where it requires me to work with clients and help them solve problems. I’m not sure what type of position it is called, maybe a Field Engineer. I definitely want to travel and assist clients with technical problems.
If you could invite a famous person over for dinner, who would it be?
I would either invite Tim Cook or Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs was a big visionary for Apple and I just want to pick his brain. Making things simple and elegant for people to use. I really want to see his thought process. Even my grandparents know how to use an iPhone, which is an awesome job done by him.
You love technology, what phone do you recommend at the moment?
I am the type of person that would get the new iPhone every year. It works every time. I am also an amateur photographer too. The iPhone XS Max I am using now has a great camera.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Hmm, it would be teleportation. It allows you to go wherever you want to go spontaneously. You don’t need a plane to travel to Europe anymore. That would be cool. No more driving to work in this Boston traffic.
What’s your favorite place in Boston?
Definitely the North End, there is so much great food. But, if I would bring someone outside of Boston on a tour, it would definitely be the Boston Common and the Public Gardens. It is a beautiful green space in the middle of the city, especially during the spring and the fall. It is absolutely beautiful. It is a perfect location for photos.
What’s your favorite place to eat in Boston?
Galleria Umberto. A cash-only place selling Sicilian-style pizza in the North End. They close after it sells out, delicious.
Any shout outs?
My parents, for helping me get through college. Without them, I would not be the person I am today. Also, I want to give a shoutout out to you (Will) for giving me the opportunity to be interviewed for STEAM Boston. Definitely, want to give a shoutout to the CIS professors and faculty. Shoutout to the people I have met in the CIS program, never met a group of people this great. They’re all like my friends. A very close-knit community. Never heard a no from my fellow CIS classmates when I ask for help. A big shout out to my girlfriend who went to Mass Art. Great sport and pushing me to do my best.
Are you interested in jobs for Computer Information Systems majors?