Jonathan Wiggins ’17
|What extracurricular activities were you involved in at Texas A&M? During my first two years at A&M, I was part of the A&M football team, but my time on the team was cut short due to a career-ending injury. I was also a member of the Student Advisory Board for the Center for the Management of Information Systems (CMIS). This allowed me to assist with various MIS-related events and to be involved in certain decisions regarding the INFO Department.
What do you feel was the most beneficial course you took? I feel the most beneficial course in the MIS curriculum would be Programming Logic and Design (ISYS 250). It was a course that taught me to think in a certain way that I believe has helped with my problem-solving skills in general.
What was your favorite MIS-related course at A&M? My favorite MIS course was Database Programming (ISYS 315) taught by Dr. Becker. It was very interesting from a problem-solving perspective. We were able to build an application at the end of the course, which led to a great amount of satisfaction due to the fulfillment of a challenging task.
Describe your career and what led you to finding your first professional job. What guided me toward MIS was the introductory information systems course (ISYS 210), which I found to be very interesting. In addition, my dad and sister who are both software developers, had some influence on me. When I took the Programming Logic and Design and also enjoyed it, I knew this was the right path for me. MIS is a field with many career options. At ConocoPhillips, I will be involved in a three-year rotation program within the information technology infrastructure. Each rotation will be a year in length and my permanent position will be established at the end, based on the area I most enjoy and thrive in.
Any specific advice you would give to current MIS students? My advice would definitely be to try your hardest to get an IT-intensive internship, no matter the company size. I regretfully did not do so, which in turn made things a bit more difficult in terms of deciding what I wanted to do career-wise. Information technology is such a broad industry that it can be difficult to decide what career path you want to pursue without some sort of experience. Also, don’t forget to have fun during your time in college and don’t allow stress to consume you due to school-related situations.