This week, the NMI students were visited by UGA and NMI alum, Kiley Dorton, who is now Principal of Technology and Innovation at ACT Bridge. Kiley left an impact on the students by sharing how they can use technology to advance in their future career. Kiley abandoned his graduate studies in New Media when he found out he was going to be a dad. He then approached a job with Terry College instructor Pat Pittard. His list of things to know before graduating college include Adobe CS3, Google Apps, Google Analytics and SEO, Podio, wireframing via Balsamiq, and Amazon Web Services. He says knowing these programs and languages will make an NMI graduate stomp all over the competition. Kiley says he learned everything he knows from software tutorial sites such as Lynda or the Khan Academy. He uses the videos to load buzzwords into his brain’s RAM before meetings with venture capitalists. Data is everything, it is the future of new media, and having the invaluable knowledge of knowing how to use technological applications is power in the industry. “Data is an extremely powerful tool and if used incorrectly it can wreak havoc upon a business. So take it upon yourself to become fluent in statistics and you won’t misinterpret data. “Kiley tells the NMI-ers, “Just learn enough to be dangerous.”
One of the most important things in knowing how to become a millionaire is that location cannot matter. If an opportunity opens up somewhere else, you have to take it. “What attracted employers to me over others was being willing to put in the extra effort for little to no pay.”
ACT Bridge is a stem from ACT, the educational exam. Since 1991 they’ve been doing tests for the workforce, measuring personality and abilities, to decide if an employee and applicant have a good fit. At ACT Bridge, their goal is to revolutionize the way the United States hires people through their systematically created tests so that each employee works to their full potential.