Shaquille Gould ‘15
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? Yell Leader, Ross Volunteers, Corps of Cadets(1st Sergeant), Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc, National Pan-Hellenic Council (Parliamentarian), General O.R. Simpson Corps Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Aggies For Christ, MEDALS, Century Singers, Fish Camp Counselor
Did you participate in an internship? I was a supply chain intern for PepsiCo during the summer of 2013. I served in a project management role and helped implement an In-hub refrigeration repair project which has projected savings of at least $160,000 per year.
What was your favorite Supply Chain Management course at Texas A&M? ISYS 489: Intro to the Energy Industry with Colleen Walsh, J.D. I took the class the first semester that it was offered and instantly loved it. This class gave me a deeper understanding of the energy industry and gave me a better appreciation of the industry. Our professor did a wonderful job of presenting all of the information to us. From deep class discussions, to guest speakers in executive positions in the energy industry to class trips to companies such as Anadarko and SAP, this class was definitely my favorite course.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? The most beneficial class was SCMT 345 (Business Process Design) with Dr. Rangan. This class gave me the tools to understand and improve business processes. The way that the class is set up gives the students access to relevant business cases and real world problems. This class has helped prepare me for PepsiCo and has given me hands-on process improvement experience.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. The hands-on experience I had during my internship, and the culture and values that PepsiCo embodies, led me to accepting a full time offer.
Any specific advice you would give to current Supply Chain Management students? First I would say, whether you are in the MIS or Supply Chain Management program or not, start looking for internships early on in college if at all possible. I interned with PepsiCo the summer right after I decided on Supply Chain Management. I had yet to take any SCMT classes here at A&M, and was thrown into a fast-paced learning environment with PepsiCo. It gave me a better understanding and appreciation for all of my SCMT classes that I have taken here at A&M. Finally, don’t be afraid of taking an opportunity because of the fear of failure. Everyone in Mays Business School, whether they may be advisors, professors, or staff members, they want you to succeed and want to help you reach your goals and aspirations. Give it your all, try out a new class, join one of the many business school’s organizations, and find a mentor. Use these opportunities at A&M to learn from your mistakes and grow and develop as a businessman/woman.