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1 SPEAKER INTRO 1 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Brian Kasper IT Project Manager Insurance Auto Auctions 2003 NIU Bachelors Degree - Computer Science 2008 DePaul Masters Degree - Information Systems 2010 Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification - Project Management Institute Six Sigma Green Belt Guess My Favorite Place to Eat in DeKalb? Pita Petes

2 NIU 2 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Evans Scholar House Guess What Dorms Cafeteria I Worked at? Guess Which Computer Lab I Worked At?

3 PURPOSE OF TODAY'S PRESENTATION 3 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Give You Insight Into the Real World Overview of My Company Examples of How is Technology Used in Businesses Today Several Techniques to Line Yourself Up for Success

4 OVERVIEW OF MY COMPANY 4 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. What is Insurance Auto Auctions 160 auctions around the country Overview of Business Process How many cars sold a year? Where do cars come from? Who buys the cars? EVERYONE!

5 WHY SHOULD YOU CARE? 5 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Where Does Technology Fit Into This Company? EVERYWHERE! Our Industry Leading Technology Differentiates Us From Our Competitors Lets Watch a Video

6 SALVAGE OPERATIONS 6 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions.

7 WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?? 7 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Many Areas To Get Into – A Few Examples: Development Applications and Databases Mobile Website Development Database Administrator SQL Server, Oracle Systems Engineering Network Engineering Business Analyst Quality Assurance Project Management

8 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NIU 8 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Take As Many Classes As Possible Technical Database Web Page Design/Development.Net / Java Hardware / Computer Technician Analytical Business Analysis Systems Analysis User Experience Project Management What other kind of courses are offered at NIU ?

9 TAKE ADVANTAGE OF NIU 9 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Every class, every bit of knowledge opens a door to an interview an internship a new project at your first IT job meet new people

10 NIU MAKES WINNERS 10 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. NIU's tough but beneficial program provides Headstart on the competition Recognized in the Midwest Array of knowledge Lots of practice for real world

11 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS GOALS 11 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Set Goals For Yourself Write down your goals! Written goals often happen! Review and revise list of goals every few months Seek out a mentor to review your goals My goal after graduating NIU was to be an IT Project Manager What are your goals? Lets hear them

12 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS NETWORK 12 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Network, Network, Network Meet as many people as possible Then keep in touch Networking also = helping others Most successful people get where they are because they network Always reach out helping hand Be respectful, shake hands, and listen more talk less LinkedIn, Facebook IS NOT Networking Enhances networking but cannot replace it

13 WHERE DO YOU WANT TO WORK? 13 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Smaller Company = Wear more hats Learn a lot about a lot Gain wide array of experience Constant change, no structure Large Company = Work is typically more focused in certain areas and technologies Learn how to build things on a big scale Exposure to office politics Structured, segmentation of duties

14 MY EXPERIENCE 14 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Zurich Insurance (Large Company) Massive company and IT systems Cobol, Systems Analysis Metra (Mid Size Company) Government funded Cobol, VB, Oracle, MS Access Alligatortek Consulting (Small Company) Did everything Proposals, Sales, Hardware, Requirements, Development, Testing, Project Mgmt, Moved Furniture Insurance Auto Auctions (Mid Size Company) Project Mgmt, Budgeting Manage Employees

15 WHERE DO YOU WANT TO WORK? 15 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Phenomenal Job Market in Chicago Demand > Supply! Lets Hear Where You Want to Work? Smaller Company? Larger Company? Government?

16 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS – AT YOUR FIRST JOB PARTNER WITH THE BUSINESS 16 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Have a business mindset IT used to be separate from the business Now IT is part of the business! Be a partner with the business and you will be an 'A' player

17 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS – AT YOUR FIRST JOB INNOVATE 17 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Think ahead!! Figure out methods to make customers lives easier Come up with new and more efficient approaches to do things A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be. - Wayne Gretzky That is why Insurance Auto Auctions is an industry leader

18 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS – AFTER COLLEGE CONTINUE TO GROW 18 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Always Continue to Learn Take Advantage of Every Day Graduate School (Masters) Certifications Learn Latest Technologies Improve Communication Skills Extremely important Toastmasters.org

19 KEYS TO YOUR SUCCESS BE TOUGH 19 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Work Hard!! Hard Work Often Trumps Smarts Smartest person doesnt always move up Work Hard FIRST Then Play Hard SECOND Play time starts after the job is done

20 WHAT NEXT? 20 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Not Graduating Yet? Get Resume Ready Get an Internship Graduating? Get Resume Ready Practice Interviewing Post Resume on Job Sites Use NIU Career Services Free! Worked for me!

21 INTERVIEW TIPS 21 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Wear a Suit! Smile! Communicate Effectively Talk About Business Drivers Prepare Questions About the Company Be Yourself

22 QUESTIONS 22 © 2012 Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. Confidential and proprietary information. Do not copy, reproduce or distribute without the prior written consent of Insurance Auto Auctions. Questions??? Feel Free to Contact Me With Any Questions: Brian Kasper You Control Your Own Destiny!!


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