Bewketu Ashenafi ‘15
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? Business Information Technology Students (officer), Association of Information Technology Professionals (officer), Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (officer), Bryan High School Technology Advisory Board (committee member), Sophomores Advancing in Leadership
Did you participate in an internship? I was a Technology Infrastructure Summer Analyst at Citigroup in the summer of 2014. More specifically, I was placed on the Network Monitoring team in the Global Command Center. While there, I developed a new systems monitoring layout incorporating multiple technologies, created the groundwork for a global alert filtration module for network issues, and initiated various training modules for new-hires. The course that best-prepared me for this internship was ISYS 310 because it is a network-related course.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at Texas A&M? My favorite class was ISYS 315 (Database Management Systems) with Professor Becker. I found myself absolutely enjoying databases and creating queries.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? I believe ISYS 250 (Business Programming Logic and Design) was the most beneficial course I took. This course enlightens students to the world of programming. More importantly, it teaches the logic fundamentals needed in order to code in any language.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. I loved the idea of being able to have something new to do every single day. With consulting, I am able to constantly learn new things and progress my career in any direction desired.
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students? It is extremely important to get an internship. It’s the perfect opportunity to see how the professional world is, as well as insight to the areas you like and do not like. This is very helpful when looking for full-time employment since you will be able to know exactly what type of work you are interested in. It also looks great on a résumé.