Isela Perez ’17
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? As a student, I was involved with Aggie Women in Business (AWIB) in which I served as the External Affairs officer for a year. This leadership position allowed me to expand my network, as responsibilities included bringing in company representatives to speak to members and planning a networking dinner with various company attendees. I was also involved with the Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS) during my last two years in which I helped expose underclassmen to MIS and the various career possibilities available.
Did you participate in an internship? How did the MIS program prepare you for this position? During the summer of 2016, I interned with PwC as a Technology Consultant in Dallas. My main responsibilities included assisting the Program Management Office (PMO) with measuring capacity and work efforts for the PwC team as it related to each build in the project. I also helped the Business Process Team conduct research on various health policies in order to harmonize different geographical regions into one policy. The MIS program aided my understanding of various IT enterprise programs a company uses, as well as provided me SQL skills to be able to complete queries on information based on capacity.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at Texas A&M? My favorite class MIS class was Database Programming (ISYS 315) because of the value I gained from the course. SQL is a skill I used on my internship, but more than that I loved how a few lines of query could provide so much useful information. The class itself was very hands-on, which facilitated student learning and allowed me to truly learn the subject.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? The most beneficial class I took at A&M was Management Information Systems (ISYS 410). The course was based on case analyses which I enjoyed because it allowed me to think of various implications a business faces when making decisions. The class was discussion-based, and getting to hear different opinions broadened my ability to see the importance of not only IT, but of all the other majors offered in Mays.
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students? I would advise MIS students to use their professors and peers as resources. The classes are relatively small in size, especially compared to the CBK courses, and finding other students to study with is very helpful. All of the MIS professors are also very willing to help with class assignments or even just career advice. Lastly, the CMIS office hosts many events to help students get connected with companies. I would urge students to attend these, as they would get exposure to different career paths and possibly even obtain full-time opportunities.