BY: Casey Markiewicz
As the semester comes to an end, my last Alumni Spotlight is 2008 graduate Armond Bisignani.
Armond graduated in 2008 with a BA in Advertising and Public Relations. He then decided to continue his education and earned his masters in Corporate Communications from Marywood in 2010. Armond now works for Accenture, a global management consulting company, as their Salesforce Project Manager.
Casey: What are some of your responsibilities at Accenture?
Armond: The division of Accenture I work for is focused on implementing technology solutions to help streamline business needs within the federal government space. I lead a team in building a clear requirements development strategy for each customer engagement in order to design a future state [cloud] solution. As a team, we elicit current state pain points, and uncover gaps in cloud solution best practices.
Casey: What led you to take interest in this job?
Armond: I started working with technology solutions in my first job a few hours a week. I ended up liking it more than my full time job, so I transitioned to that area of work with a new company.
Casey: What is an average workday like for you?
Armond: I spend a lot of time making sure the project team is on track to deliver against contract milestones. I’ll work directly with the client to design a future state cloud solution, build out requirements, assign and manage development workloads and assignments and provide real-time demos of the cloud solution. There’s always a number of new challenges to overcome each day, which keeps my days constantly changing.
Casey: What is your work environment like?
Armond: My current project is remote, so I get to work from home a majority of the time. My last assignment was primarily on a government site.
Casey: What is your favorite part of the job? The most challenging?
Armond: The best part of the job is working on solutions to improve outdated government processes and systems. The most challenging is getting large project teams to work together and keep [them] focused on the end goal.
Casey: What is your favorite project you’ve been a part of in your career so far?
Armond: My favorite project thus far is the one I’m working on now because I am currently leading a large team of people to implement a cloud technology for a high profile government agency.
Casey: What would you say is an important skill or characteristic someone should have when following a career path similar to yours?
Armond: Ability to multi-task, efficient with time management, strong organizational skills, adaptability.
Casey: What is the biggest lesson you learned so far in your career?
Armond: If you’re interested in something, pursue it, even if it’s a totally different career path.
Casey: What are some things you like to do in your freetime?
Armond: Travel, try new restaurants around the city, go to live shows.
Casey: Do you have any words of advice for current Communication Arts students?
Armond: Try to get involved with as much you can and be open to new opportunities.
Casey Markiewicz is a sophomore Public Relations/Advertising major. When she’s not in class or writing for Frame Your Future, she’s getting involved in the PRSSA/AAF organization.