TIFFANY G. VARILEK
A marketing and foreign studies major, Tiffany G. Varilek (B.B.A. '07) never imagined a career in information technology.
"I always thought IT was something for people who sit at their computer and code all day," said Varilek, an IT project manager at Target Corporation.
Varilek stumbled upon her career by accident – or rather, as she puts it, "luck." The summer before her senior year, Varilek pursued an internship at Target. The only open position was in IT, so she hesitantly took it.
After six years in the IT industry, Varilek says she can't imagine doing anything else.
In her current position at Target, Varilek manages a large software development project. She says her background in business has given her a greater understanding of the rationale behind software and user interaction.
Varilek joined the Dean's Business Advisory Council in 2010. One of the youngest members of the Council, Varilek lends a unique perspective to the group.
"I was involved in student government at UMD and am honored to have the opportunity to stay involved in making the school better and influencing programs at LSBE,” said Varilek. "I’m newer in the workforce, so I still have that student-workforce connection," she said.
Through her involvement, Varilek hopes to open students’ eyes to the career possibilities within their majors – to bridge the gap between what students study and what they can do in the real world.