Ryan de Temple, Master of Science in Information Systems '14
Change your Career Path from Here
“The Bay Area is the center of technology change and growth. At USF, the professors had their own ideas and instructional messages, but they also encouraged the students to take on those ideas and expand.”
Ryan de Temple Wanted to Set Himself Apart in the IT Sector – The Incubator of Ideas at USF Let Him Do Just That
Bay Area native and Master of Science in Information Systems ’14, Ryan de Temple, came to the University of San Francisco because he saw the school as an incubator for ideas and important conversations surrounding the technology sector.
In the competitive market for tech jobs, he chose the MS Information Systems program as a way to set him apart from other IT professionals competing for the careers he knew he wanted.
“The Bay Area is the center of technology change and growth,” he said. “At USF, the professors had their own ideas and instructional messages, but they also encouraged the students to take on those ideas and expand.”
After he graduated, de Temple landed a position at Yelp, where he assists in IT security as part of an engineering team. This opportunity was a welcome change from his previous career of high-security data.
“My old job meant no cell phones or windows to social media,” he said. “The MSIS program brought a worldly scope to the responsibility of my profession.”
Working with the security of devices connected to the Internet has made de Temple aware of the risks involved with a global, technological society, but he said he learned how to minimize that risk and secure information at USF.
“The professors shared their experiences and we had many debates over ethical technologies and policies,” he said. “It was an exciting time to share ideas with many different technical professionals from many different backgrounds.”
For de Temple, his cohort and professors were essential to his growth in the program.
“The people you meet become your friends, colleagues, and they struggle with you. Their ideas have just as much weight in your program experience,” he said. “There are so many ideas coming from diverse backgrounds and industries to make a rich social engagement. The professors guide you through this experience and plant the inspiration that spurs thought, and they push you to think beyond the scope of your assignments and papers.”
De Temple gained invaluable connections through his program that he hadn’t expected.
At the end of the MSIS program, you have something to show the world; you can rise to a challenge and change your career path for the better. It shows the world that you can commit to a long-term goal and achieve it; that you are motivated to embark on something many don't and that you were successful at it.