Based in Las Vegas, Michael Beardslee is the founder and president of IT Strategies, a technology consulting firm that provides information and management to organizations that require specialized information technology skills and/or in-house staff augmentation to take strategic advantage of information systems.

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Beardslee)

(Photo Courtesy of Michael Beardslee)

Beardslee received his M.B.A. from Pepperdine University, before receiving his degree, Beardslee explained, “When I entered the workforce, I worked in IT and always have during my career. I realized that without a degree, especially without a master’s, I would not advance in my career.”

He did pursue jobs in technology and realized, as he explained, “When you reach a senior level in technology, your knowledge of business is just as important as your knowledge of technology.” He does admit that while he runs a technology company, he is not up to date with the latest in technology and depends on his staff to keep him informed of advances.

According to Beardslee, while everyone’s experience is different, for him, “I was stymied to achieve the next level and type of position I wanted and my degree helped me to get there.”

In his business, Beardslee said that all of his clients want a college-educated staff, especially with advanced degrees. “For example, if I am working with a large resort property who wants a staff member in a high level, they tell me they want a candidate with an M.B.A. and it is made clear that is their requirement.” He encourages those entering this field to pursue a higher education for advancement and more opportunities.

Beardslee also stated that if he could go back to the beginning of his career, he would get a bachelor’s degree in technology. He encourages those entering the field to pursue a master’s degree in information technology as well. He believes that in today’s work environment, those with a degree, especially a master’s degree, will usually be considered over those with no degree. He also stated that an advanced degree will give an advantage in the current job market, especially in the field of technology.

Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on


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