Harmit Jasani ’20
MS Management Information Systems
Deloitte; Denver, CO
Describe your career and what led you to your current position. Working at Accenture India, I wore various hats. From a Data Consultant to an ETL Developer, I worked on various projects with primarily European clients. I like talking to stakeholders, understanding functional requirements, translating them to cold, technical specifications, and building something substantial. I also have a penchant for data. I was fortunate to have thrived in a data-centric space where my interests lay and bloomed. Mays’ MS-MIS program has further propelled my professional stance. Working at PwC as a Data Engineer during my internship was an extremely novel experience.
What were your job responsibilities in your internship? How did the MS-MIS program prepare you for this position? I interned as a data engineer at PwC. My responsibilities revolved around building efficient data & ETL processes, performing data modeling, and data integration. Advanced Data Management (ISTM 622) and Data Warehousing (ISTM 637) were immensely useful in that these courses further enhanced my technical acumen. Working at an Accounting firm, Accounting (ACCT 640) proved to be helpful in understanding the domain better.
What was your favorite course at A&M? ISTM 622 (Advanced Data Management) and ISTM 637 (Data Warehousing) were my favorite courses. Operating in techno-functional, data architecture roles has been my calling. With a certain degree of proclivity towards data and BI engineering, I always saw myself progressing in this area. ISTM 622 and ISTM 637 helped me reinforce my interests.
Why did you pursue a master’s degree? A master’s degree, for me, was always meant to be a way to further augment my skill-set and position my career trajectory better. Being someone from a primarily technical background with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, I wanted to go back to school and better understand how technology complements business. I knew the right degree program would provide me perspectives from both these vantage points.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering returning to school to earn a master’s degree? It’s imperative to choose a program that offers courses, electives, and an environment that are in alignment with one’s interests. A graduate degree increases one’s knowledge and employability and widens one’s perspective. It matures you on both personal and professional fronts. Go for it!
What is the biggest challenge you faced in graduate school? Finding a balance was truly a challenge sometimes. Working as a Graduate Assistant while managing academia and extra-curricular engagements, was occasionally stressful. It taught me the importance of task triaging, collaboration, teamwork, and time management.
What is the biggest reward for earning your MS-MIS degree? The best rewards are usually intangible ones. Being at A&M for close to two years has afforded me the opportunity to develop personally and professionally, while imbuing the Aggie spirit and Aggie values in myself. I’m taking back with me, some incredible experiences, fond memories, and lifelong connections. The notion of being an “Aggie” is both a privilege and an honor, and that to me is the biggest reward.