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Company Full-Time Hire Spotlights: Bazaarvoice and Sense Corp

Spotlight on Full-time at Bazaarvoice

Everyone always says that the four years you are in college fly by in an instant, don’t they?  Well now that my graduaBrent Lovetttion is finally here, I can say that as an MIS major, that statement most definitely holds true. I’m Brent Lovett, and I will be graduating this spring with a double-major in Management Information Systems and Business Honors from the school with the best public MIS program in the country! In June I will be joining the Technical Success team at Bazaarvoice, a social commerce software company based in Austin. While I’m excited to be starting a new chapter of my life, it will be nice staying in Austin and being close to my soon-to-be alma mater. 

One of the biggest factors that has contributed to my success at McCombs has been the outstanding support from all of my MIS professors. Not only have they helped me excel in the classroom, but many of them have taken me under their wing and mentored me in various other capacities. While I love the work that I will be starting in the software social commerce space, my ultimate goal is to one day rejoin academia and become a university professor. Several of my MIS professors found out about this goal and took an interest in it, and I've been fortunate enough to serve as a teaching assistant for the past two years. I have had the ultimate privilege to mentor approximately 1,000 undergraduates over these two years, and have worked with students in MIS 301, MIS 304, and MIS 365 under three different spectacular professors. Being a teaching assistant is hands-down the best experience I have had while attending college, and none of it would be possible without the exceptional support that has been given to me by the MIS faculty.

Many of the things I have learned while being a TA will be utilized as I start my career at Bazaarvoice. People and project management will definitely be useful in my new role, but the technical skills I have gained, especially those learned in MIS 365 as a student and teaching assistant, will help me even more. Not only will I be bringing competencies in VB.net and database administration to my new team, but I also will be bringing proficiencies in XML, JSON, Java, JavaScript, virtualization, big data analytics, and mobile development.

While it is sad to say goodbye to my MIS family, I look forward to starting my new adventure at Bazaarvoice and staying involved through the MIS Alumni Advisory Board and the IM Advisory Council. Best of luck in future to all of the other 2013 graduations, and Hook ‘em Horns!

-Brent Lovett, MIS 2013

Spotlight on Full-time at Sense Corp

I decided to pursue MIS as a college major because I love problem solving, and I felt that consulting would allow me to apply that to a career. I also chose a career in consulting because I felt that it would be interesting and engaging. 

Savita BhatAs for why I chose Sense Corp, after interning for a large corporation, I decided that I wanted to work for a smaller firm. Honestly, what sold me on Sense Corp was the people. Everyone I met was intelligent, personable, and caring. Those are definitely the types of people I want to surround myself with! I chose to live in St. Louis, Missouri, the location of the main Sense Corp office. I don't know much about St. Louis, but I know it's a fun city with beautiful parks and a lot to do. I'm a little scared about the cold, but I think it will be an adventure. 

I think the MIS program benefited me a great deal. It improved my ability to work on teams to solve problems, which will help me the most in the consulting world. Through building a site in MIS333K, working with a client in MIS374, and analyzing real business problems in MIS375, I have gained skills that I can see myself applying daily as a consultant for Sense Corp. 

-Savita Bhat, MIS 2013