Devon Myers

Devon Myers

Senior Business Analyst


Aderant

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Decided to major in Physical Education, despite my parents' objections.
Coached at a local high school while substitute teaching.
Got a full time job teaching/coaching at a private Christian school.
Lost my job at that school after 3 years because of my sexual orientation. I'm gay.
Took the chance and applied for a job at my current company despite having no relevant experience.
Tried many different roles at my current company until I found my current position and liked it!
So, here I am:) A Business Consultant with a background in Phys Ed:)

Education

High School
Bachelor
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Florida State University

Career

Senior Business Analyst

I work with the accounting staff at large law firms to help them implement my company's software.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Technology
Numbers
Problem Solving

Day to Day

I either work from home (telecommute) or I travel to our client sites. Both are great, one allows me the independence to make my own decisions about when my workday starts and ends (home) and the other gives me the opportunity to travel to great cities (Honolulu, Hi was my last trip). I generally spend my day in front of my laptop, writing and running SQL scripts to make sure the data has been input properly. I also get the chance to interact with the clients, training them on our system.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As I mentioned before, definitely get comfortable around new people and situations. Being able to present yourself well and instill confidence in those you are consulting with is huge. Most of the other skills are typical hard skills, such as knowing how to use various software applications. If you have a particular area where you would like to consult (eg, accounting firms), it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with that subject matter as well.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Focus on keeping up with technology and your people skills. Work at being comfortable talking to total strangers and able to present to a group. This is a big part of being any type of consultant. Train your mind by solving problems (games, puzzles, etc). This is a career where what kind of degree you get is not as important as being naturally curious, a problem solver and having an outgoing personality.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
IT, Business
graduate
Graduate
IT, Business

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You should pick a major that will get you a better paying job!"