During his time as a student at SILS, Sayan Chakraborty realized that he loved solving complex questions related to information—particularly those that called for him to pay close attention to the needs of information users. As a senior consultant at Deloitte, a major international accounting and consulting firm, Sayan has had the opportunity to do just that. Since his graduation in 2006, Sayan has lived and worked in Pittsburgh, PA. During his time with Deloitte, he has also worked on company projects throughout the United States—including the Houston, TX, and Washington, D.C. areas.
As a consultant, Sayan is charged with developing IT infrastructure strategies to help companies improve their net worth—while also making those companies more efficient and better able to adapt to future technology trends in the process. In the fast-paced climate of today’s business world, jobs like Sayan’s, which may be unfamiliar to many college students, are in increasingly high demand.
When asked how SILS prepared him for a job in the competitive field of business consulting, Sayan related that the most important thing SILS taught him was “being able to answer the right questions at the right time.” He pointed out that his clients at Deloitte “need help to determine what they need or why they need it, so it’s important to know what questions to ask before the consulting process ever begins.” At SILS, courses like “Human Information Interactions” (INLS 500) and “Management for Information Professionals” (INLS 585) Sayan learned the skills necessary to help him anticipate and react to clients' needs.
Although he now works full time as a consultant, Chakraborty looks back fondly on his time at SILS, during which he was mentored closely by SILS professors Paul Jones, Diane Kelly, Stephanie Haas, Gary Marchionini, Deborah Barreau, Barbara Wildemuth and Brad Hemminger. He had the opportunity to work for ibiblio as a student, as well as be part of a number of additional projects. When asked if he had any advice for current SILS students, Chakraborty advised that they take advantage of any opportunities to collaborate with faculty or students outside of class and that students should "keep an open mind when they sign up for a course." He emphasized that UNC at Chapel Hill provides a world of opportunities--one that began, in Sayan Chakraborty's case, at SILS.