Garett Brock graduated in May 2011 with a double major in Management Information Systems and Entrepreneurship with Honors. During his time as a Wildcat, he enjoyed playing intramurals with friends, partaking in MIS Association, and working as a Resident Assistant in Yavapai. Garett was also a recipient of the McCord Scholarship in 2009. He is currently a Programmer Analyst at The Boeing Company and pursuing a Masters in Data Science at the University of California – San Diego.
What are you doing these days?
These days you can find me in Surf City USA, Huntington Beach, where I work for The Boeing Company. I am putting my Management Information Systems major to good use working on the IT side of Boeing with the Commercial Financial Data Warehouse team as a Programmer Analyst. There is always a new project coming through the pipeline with the most recent being a major forklift. We are in the process of moving the entire data warehouse from one server to an entirely new one. During down time between projects, there is new code to develop or fix and data to validate. At the end of the day, we are responsible for making sure our customers have timely access to Boeing’s financial data and assuring the quality of the data.
When not on the clock, I can be found enjoying beautiful Southern California with my fiancé and friends or back at the computer completing homework. I have just begun my journey in obtaining a Master’s in Data Science and Engineering from the University of California – San Diego.
What has your journey been like since graduating Eller?
My journey since leaving Eller has been one of ups and downs. I was fortunate enough to have landed my Boeing position before my final semester rolled around, but I was not the only one. There were four other MIS students who landed a position in the IT Career Foundation Program at Boeing with three of them heading to Southern California with me. The four of us decided to save money by renting a house together which turned out to be a great decision. Two years of great memories were created in that house.
Participating in Boeing’s IT Career Foundation Program has proved to be a positive experience, but it has not been without challenges. The program requires participants to rotate to a new position every year for three years. This allowed me to experience many aspects of the business while learning what organization and positions within Boeing IT I most enjoyed. I started the program in a project management role, but the project to which I was assigned had just been hit with a funding cut the day before. Needless to say, it was my most challenging rotation for all the wrong reasons, but I stuck with the program and gladly so. This past summer I graduated from the program. I was hired on by the team I spent my final year of the IT Career Foundation Program with, and I am still with them today.
My interest in data and analytics led me to my current team at Boeing, and to pursuing the Master’s program I am currently enrolled in. I am striving to become a Data Scientist who works with sports data for a living. In the mean time, I plan on getting married in 2015 to my lovely fiancé and seeing where else this journey takes me.
Do you have any advice for students?
Don’t be afraid to pivot. I initially wanted to go into the security side of IT. So much so, one of the last electives I took in my MIS major was a security based course, and I looked into security IT positions even after my first year with Boeing. Two things lead to a change of heart – the big data boom and the MIT Sports Analytics Conference. My goals changed after attending, and so I pivoted. Now, I am enrolled in a Master’s program I never thought I would pursue. Instagram pivoted from originally being Burbn, a location-based service similar to Foursquare, and look where they are now. Great things can come from pivoting.