Alex Phillips ‘14
Alex Phillips ’14
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? I was involved in PREP and Christian Business Leaders. I was highly involved in Business Student Council (BSC) as a member, VP, and President. My senior year I helped implement pieces of technology used to streamline processes at the BSC Career Fair. I was also involved with the Student Service Fee Advisory Board.
Did you participate in an internship? I interned with Newfield Explorations in Denver, CO as a general IT intern. Two of my primary projects were investigating corporate password management solutions and developing an IT budget reporting system.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at Texas A&M? ISYS 250 – It provided me a good base for understanding the goal of MIS. Technology can help a business if you use it right. It helped me understand and use one of the best tools and MIS major can have; a cool use of logic.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? Classes outside of my major that were of interest were overall beneficial. They challenged me to be able to learn about other things quickly. So classes like Negotiations, New Testament Studies, Overview of the Energy Industry, and even Geology and Atmospheric Sciences were beneficial because they helped me learn how to learn. And the random pieces of information I have kept have proven useful!
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. After my internship, I knew that I wanted more variety in my career. I had a variety of work experiences and knew that frequent reliable change and challenges are what I enjoyed. So I focused on starting my career in consulting. Protiviti was a perfect fit for me in the opportunities they provided and the culture they cultivated.
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students? Enjoy college and have fun! Don’t stay in the lab past 2:00 a.m.! Challenge yourself and take classes that interest you or study something outside of school that interests you. Read up on current topics in the areas you are interested in. You will learn a lot more of the “technical career oriented” skills on the job. Make sure when you leave and walk away with your diploma that you are a better person than before you got to A&M and that you know how to learn!