Alumni Profile: Cara Stoner (Class of 2013)

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Cara Stoner graduated from Plymouth State in 2013 with a B.S. in Information Technology and a minor in Business Administration. She is currently working at Pegasystems as an Associate Solutions Architect.

Can you tell us a bit about what your typical workweek is like in your current job?

I work on a scrum team of 6 people. In the morning, we have a team meeting to sync up on everyone’s status. The rest of the day, we work in an Agile method of programming, cycling through design, programming, and testing various stories.

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on since graduating.

The project I’m working for with my current team is improving the Marketing Application licensed by Pega which involves working with 4 other teams.

How did Plymouth State help prepare you for your job?

Plymouth gave me a solid base of programming knowledge to build on.

What are some of your favorite memories of your experience at Plymouth State?

Most of my favorite memories at PSU involve the friends I met there, just hanging out. My favorite academic memory is preparing for and presenting my Senior Project.

What other things do you do for fun in your free time?

In my free time I like to cook, to play video games, and to spend time outdoors.

What advice would you give to current CS/IT students?

I highly recommend getting an internship. It will do leaps and bounds for your resume. Also, try not to box yourself into a specific programming language, i.e. “I only want a position where I can code Java”. Being open to other languages broadens your opportunities when you’re looking for a job.