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Amit Ray, Berkeley College alumnus

Berkeley College Graduate Grows IT Management Career While Providing for Family

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Amit Ray was in his late 30s when he attended Berkeley College, and had to balance commitments to a full-time job, a growing family, and his education at the same time. The one thing that kept him motivated through it all was his desire to provide his family a better life.

“My father had wanted to do a lot for us when I was growing up,” Mr. Ray said. “He worked hard in an effort to do so, but opportunities for him in India at that time were few and far between. So it was always important to me to accomplish great things for my family when I was given the chance.”

Interested in pursuing a business career in information technology management, Mr. Ray began taking classes through Berkeley College Online® and in Woodland Park, NJ, earning an A.A.S. in E-Business in 2002 and a B.S. in Management in 2013. A resident of North Brunswick, NJ, he credits the skills and knowledge he obtained from his professors and management courses at Berkeley College with helping him combine technical savviness with business insight, something he feels gives him an edge in the information technology management field. “Learning the entire business is the key to progressing in any career, not just IT,” he said.

Mr. Ray has held various information technology management roles at healthcare and pharmaceutical companies like Quest Diagnostics and Allergan. In August 2016, he began working at EMD Millipore, a division of Merck KGaA, in Branchburg, NJ, as the Head of IT End User Services – East/West. He is also currently working toward his M.B.A. in Management Information Systems at New Jersey Institute of Technology, expecting to graduate in 2017.

Berkeley College 85th anniversary success story
Close up with Amit Ray

What does success mean to you?

First and foremost, success is happiness in doing what you do. If a person is not happy with his or her chosen profession, he or she will never be successful at it. Second, success to me is helping others accomplish their goals. The more people I help, the more successful I feel. Lastly, success is making a good living or having a great lifestyle, and I truly feel that the first two things, if done right, are the key ingredients in obtaining a great lifestyle.

What initially inspired you to enroll in Berkeley College?

Berkeley College and its programs really focused on the practical parts of professions, and not theoretical ones. Also, the pace of learning is more aligned with the pace of the world today.

How did Berkeley College prepare you for success?

The courses provided an overall view of the entire business, which I feel many people in the IT industry often neglect. The professors were also professionals who had already done the work. I learned a lot, and Berkeley’s degree is the thing that opened doors for me to leap into management.

In which way(s) do you see yourself being successful in the future?

I see myself being a Vice President at a company in five more years, and then becoming a Chief Information Officer in about eight to 10 years. I have been in love with business and IT for a long time, and these roles will lead me to what I love to do. This will also allow me to give back and make a tremendous positive impact on the lives of so many others.

What advice would you offer today’s college-bound students?

I would say first, that whatever profession or major you pick, make sure it is what you would love to do for the rest of your life. Otherwise, work will seem like work, and that will make life very difficult and make you feel unsuccessful. Secondly, work with schools that are practical, not just theoretical. There is a big difference and it will matter in the real world.

Lastly, there are some students, like myself, who have gotten degrees at a later stage in life. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your goals because of something like age. If you want something bad enough, and it is legal, moral and ethical, go out and find ways to do it. I finished my degree at age 37, was married and had two kids at the time. I have since then almost tripled my salary. It would have never been possible without Berkeley College.

What was your most memorable moment at Berkeley College?

I will always remember this one particular day when I was feeling a little doubtful about something, and one of my favorite professors told me, “Amit, you can do anything you want to do, just set your mind to it and get it done.”

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