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IT Company Field Trip

November 14, 2014

 

On November 14, we embarked on our first IT Company field trip. It has been a dream of ours to be able to expose students to company environments and cultures to help them learn more about what companies like GM and Dell do in IT so they can better choose the career that's right for them. Our sponsor companies were extremely responsive and engaged in this concept. They couldn't wait to get some face time with our MIS students and show them around their amazing offices here in Austin, in hopes of showing them what a great company they could one day work for.

Our first stop was at GM on Parmer Lane in north Austin. Tray Wyman, along with some of his associates, met us at the door, eager to engage with students. The morning started with a video about the life of a GM employee. Following this, Brandon McLamb, an executive with GM, gave a keynote presentation about Data Analytics at GM.

GM also set up a panel of recent hires, all who were recent UT alums, to answer questions posed by students about their experience with GM. The panelists were asked questions about their transition to GM from recently graduating, what surprised them the most about GM, and what they enjoyed most about their job. Next came a tour of the building. We were ecstatic to see some UT flags being shown in the cubicles, but we're very excited at the prospect of many more to come!

Next, we headed to Dell's Round Rock campus to visit their facilities and learn more about the Dell way. Students were able to learn about some recent intern experience, as well as learn about the development process for Dell associates. We then took a tour of the ProSupport Center where customer issues are handled around the world. This tour showcased the technology that Dell is able to use in order to help their customer expediently and with efficiency while tracking their global supply chain.

After spending a considerable time at both GM and Dell, students were able to walk away with more information on each company and make some contacts within the companies. These students now have a direct line should they have any questions in the future. We look forward to organizing field trips each semester to different sponsor companies.

For the complete photo album, visit the UT IM Program Facebook page.