David Venetianer

David Venetianer

Project Delivery Lead

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I majored in Computer Science in college
Then I took a job as a programmer at DuPont
Then I lucked into an opportunity working in a new technology.
After 14 years there, a mentor of mine recruited me to join a consulting company
Where I shifted from technical work to sales and management work in the same field
After 7 more years, I joined Deloitte and have been growing and learning for the last 10 years!
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Stuyvesant HS (New York City)
undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
Cornell University
Career

Career

Project Delivery Lead

I manage and run large information systems operations for my clients

Career Roadmap

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

Day to Day

A great day at work consists of heavy interaction with my client and team solving complex problems. They would see me on my feet, exchanging ideas in rapid fashion, mentoring junior staff, and bringing a level of calmness and control to what is often a chaotic environment.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

The importance of excellent communications skills cannot be emphasized enough. Whether in writing or verbally (in person), the ability to convey my ideas clearly and concisely is critical to every interaction with my client or colleagues. Specific job-related training and skills only go so far - you need to say something which people want to hear, have the ability to put forth a well-formed recommendation, and display compassion so people know that you really care about them.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Get a well-rounded education and take every opportunity to develop "soft skills". Looks for areas where you can take on leadership roles and interact with people who have different opinions. Find opportunities to make presentations and get comfortable in front of a room of people, regardless of how scary it seems - it truly does get easier with practice!

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Computer Science
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"The path I was on was unlikely to lead to success and my future was in doubt."

I kept myself focused on the job at hand, never wavered in my commitment to my client or my colleagues. Eventually, those who had provided the discouragement recognized me for what my strengths were and offered another path within the company where I have since been highly successful. I thoroughly enjoy my work and don't try to be someone or something which would lead to unhappiness and probably failure.