Collin Margiotta ’21

Education:
BBA in Management Information Systems

Internships:
BlueCross BlueShield of Texas
Summer 2019

Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory; Dallas, TX
Risk and Financial Advisory Intern
Summer 2020

Post-graduation:
Entered the MS-MIS 4+1 program at Texas A&M

What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M?  

PREP (FLO), MSC  Business Associates, Gents, CMIS Board

Did you participate in an internship?  

In the summer of 2019, I interned with BlueCross BlueShield of Texas.  My responsibilities included data entry, manual testing, automated testing, and the creation of scripts.  The MIS classes at A&M really helped me understand the business cycle and how teams worked together.  It also gave me a great understanding of business terms.

What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M?  

My favorite MIS course was ISTM 315 (Databases) because I thought databases were really interesting. Dr. Becker was also one of my favorite professors and he made class fun.  I also really liked ISTM 325 (Java Programming).  Java is a very important skill to learn and Dr. Gomillion does a great job of teaching the basics.

What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took?  

The most beneficial course I took at Texas A&M was ISTM 325 because it gave me a much better overall understanding of coding.

Describe your career and what led you to find your first professional job.  

I chose to go the 4+1 route because I completed my undergrad in three years and wanted to spend an extra year in college.  I didn’t want to take away from my career to go back to school to get a master’s degree, so I decided to do it all at once.  I did, however, accept a full-time position in cybersecurity consulting with Deloitte and will move into that position when I complete my master’s degree in May 2021.

Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students?  

MIS is a great field to get into.  A lot of people get scared away because they don’t want to be coding for the rest of their careers, but that isn’t what MIS is all about.  Yes, there are some coding positions for MIS majors, but the majority of jobs MIS students get will be client-facing.  If you have a passion for technology, MIS is perfect for you!