Academic and Professional Synergy: Pursuing Graduate Studies while Working at srcLogic

Written By: Aziz Abousam

srcLogic's commitment to continuous learning and the professional development of its employees is evident through their support for individuals interested in pursuing a Master's degree. Having been with srcLogic for approximately one year, I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to work towards my Master's in Computer Science during this time. While it poses certain challenges to balance a full-time job with graduate studies, the experience has proven to be immensely rewarding, offering numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

Throughout my coursework, I have had the opportunity to enroll in a diverse array of classes, ranging from designing and building web-applications to mobile-applications, and other courses centered on best practices in software design, architecture, and maintenance. What sets this curriculum apart is its emphasis on practical application rather than purely theoretical knowledge. Each class is structured around hands-on project work, allowing students to engage with and master the latest technologies commonly used in the industry. This distinctive focus on project-based learning adds immense value to my professional development, as I am constantly honing my skills while working on real-world challenges that resonate with the demands of my job. Not only does this experiential approach enable me to contribute more effectively to srcLogic's projects, but it also empowers me to stay ahead in the ever-evolving landscape of the technology sector. 

At srcLogic, our work revolves around evaluating and solving complex problems for clients by designing and producing software applications. One aspect I particularly appreciate about attending graduate school while working is the opportunity to build software projects on a smaller scale during my academic studies and then apply this knowledge to assist our clients. The coursework not only provides valuable hands-on experience but also bolsters my confidence in my consulting work as I strive to deliver innovative solutions to our clients. The ability to directly apply problem-solving skills and knowledge acquired from graduate coursework to real-world scenarios at work creates a powerful learning synergy that continually sharpens my expertise. 

One of the key advantages of working at srcLogic is the presence of fellow employees who have successfully managed to balance their full-time jobs with graduate studies. These colleagues serve as inspirations and mentors, generously offering invaluable advice and support throughout the journey. They have provided me with knowledge of the industry to steer my class selection that matches my career goals and most importantly provided strategies to maintain a healthy balance between work and school. The supportive and collaborative environment at srcLogic, combined with the company's financial assistance for educational pursuits, fosters an atmosphere of growth and encourages individuals to push their boundaries both academically and professionally. 

In conclusion, the opportunity to attend graduate school in Computer Science while working at srcLogic has been nothing short of transformative and enriching. Despite the challenges of juggling work and academic commitments, the benefits of this journey are clear in the substantial progress I've made in both my professional and personal growth. srcLogic's unwavering commitment to supporting its employees' pursuit of higher education exemplifies the company's dedication to fostering a skilled and empowered workforce. By promoting academic and professional synergy, srcLogic not only invests in the success of its employees but also solidifies its position as a leader in implementing Pega technology. As I continue this dual path, I am confident that the knowledge and experiences gained from my graduate studies and my time at srcLogic will propel me towards a successful and fulfilling career.