Caitlin Beaudreau ’18
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M?
During my time at Texas A&M, I was primarily involved with Class Councils. Class Councils is the organization that makes traditions such as Maroon Out, Elephant Walk, and Ring Dance happen. I joined my freshman year and worked my way up to several director positions by senior year. It taught me a lot of life lessons and is one of my favorite parts of my college experience.
Did you participate in an internship?
I developed internal and external reports, performed database cleanup, and worked on a specialized project team to launch a new client portal. ISYS 315 (Database Programming) prepared me the most for my role as it was primarily involved with SQL and Visual Studio.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M?
My favorite MIS course was ISYS 415. I loved putting all of the different tools I had learned together to make a fully operational website. It taught me how to work on a large-scale project and was a good reminder of concepts I took a while back (mainly C#).
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took?
The most beneficial class I took at A&M was ISYS 210. Before I took that class, I had no interest in MIS at all. I thought my path was leading me more down the finance or accounting route. When I went to class, everything felt natural and easy to me. After realizing the class wasn’t that easy for everyone, I decided to look into MIS more and I’ve never looked back.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job.
I’ve always been interested in the financial industry and how it merges with technology. I am also detail oriented and analytical. I tempered my technical skills with a minor in Psychology to better understand the people who would be using my technology. This made me more well-rounded and a good fit for an international organization like Citi.
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students?
I would say to get involved in whatever interests you and then filter it down junior and senior year to three organizations at the max. Grades are important but the talking points in an interview come from your involvement. Organizations also teach you valuable skills and enable you to leave a mark on the university as a whole.