AIMS Alumni Profile: Jonathan Golad '09
When researching which jobs are in high demand, you’ll almost always find software developer and computer programmer at the top of the list. In fact, studies show that software developers are the fastest growing profession with superb job prospects, low unemployment rates and excellent compensation. CBA alum Jonathan Golad would certainly agree that this is a viable career path.
Jonathan currently works as a senior software developer at AtlaSense, an AI platform for modern legal departments who want to take control of their data. He previously worked at e-Stet, a litigation technology services provider, where he maintained the firm’s proprietary project management tool, Live.
“I really like the people and technology I work with. My job never feels like a routine and I’m constantly developing new skills,” said Jonathan. “Schedules can be demanding and issues are always arising so it’s important to have good problem solving skills.”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Jonathan attended Loyola High School where he was introduced to the principles of a Jesuit education. He chose to attend LMU not only because of its Jesuit traditions, but because he liked the location, beautiful campus and intimate feel of the university.
“I knew I wanted to be a business major but it wasn’t until my junior year when I interned at a manufacturing and engineering company that I really became interested in software,” said Jonathan. “I felt like I could really make an impact in this field so I switched my emphasis to AIMS.”
Jonathan has fond memories of his time as a student at LMU. He says Dr. Nakatsu’s “Management Information Systems” class was a highlight of the AIMS program because it covered widespread applications across all fields and taught valuable skills for the workforce. AIMS classes are typically very small so there’s an added bonus of one-on-one attention.
Jonathan graduated from LMU in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in information systems. He was also a member of the University Honors Program and graduated Magna Cum Laude. The new B.S. in AIMS major wasn’t offered while Jonathan was a student at LMU; if it had, he definitely would’ve chosen that major to obtain a better foundation in computer programming.
Instead, Jonathan enhanced his technical knowledge and skills by completing a master of science in information systems and technology from Claremont Graduate University in 2012. Looking ahead, Jonathan hopes to one day become a director of software development and oversee an entire team of IT and development specialists. He is very happy with the career path he’s chosen and encourages others with an interest in technology and software to consider the AIMS major.
“My advice to AIMS majors is to keep up-to-date on the latest technology trends, never stop learning and secure a great internship to gain valuable professional experience. This is a hot industry right now and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down. For those interested in this field, it could make for a very rewarding career.”