Hayley Lemmons ‘15
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? I served as a Young Life leader in the Brazos Valley for three years, where I built relationships with high school students at Rudder High School in Bryan. I was involved in Fish Aides, the Student Government Association’s Development Commission, Mays Business Fellows, and the Business Honors Program.
Did you participate in an internship? I interned at Deloitte Consulting in the summer of 2014. My primary task was testing the new software the team had developed for a client. I was extremely prepared, thanks to my MIS courses! I was familiar with programming basics, website design and functionality, and current technology trends – all of which were crucial to succeeding in my internship.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? A course that I still draw a lot of knowledge from is one of the required Business Honors courses, BUSN 205. This course focused on written and verbal communication, presentation skills, problem solving, and critical thinking. I still apply frameworks I learned in that class in other situations. I’m confident the soft skills I learned will help me to succeed in my career.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M? My favorite MIS course was ISYS 415 (Large-Scale Information Systems Project), which is where I learned the C# programming language. Dr. Araujo made the subject interesting and applicable.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. I have chosen to pursue a career in technology consulting. My job will challenge me to help clients find technology solutions to meet their business needs. I am excited about this career because it blends my love for technology and problem solving with my desire to interact with people. Completing an internship in this field was very helpful – I realized that I loved the experience and wanted to go back!
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students? Don’t be afraid that MIS will get you stuck in a programming career! If that’s your thing, then that’s awesome and I know you will be prepared. If you’re not into programming, there are still MANY opportunities available to those students who love technology, bu may not have a passion for the details and mechanics behind it all. I was able to find a career, technology consulting, that blended my love for technology and my love for people and teamwork!