William Johnson studied MIS and is now working for AT&T as an Applicant Developer in the Bay Area, CA.
Tell us a little about how you landed this opportunity. I met a recruiter from AT&T at the career fair the summer before my junior year. After completing my internship at Honeywell that summer, I reached out to her and expressed my interest in working for the company. Multiple interviews later, I landed the position!
What is your favorite part of the position? My favorite part of the position is the interaction with my co-workers. We are all recent college grads and can relate on most issues. Liking who you work with is a big part of staying happy in your career.
What advice you have for other students looking for a similar position? Students interested in obtaining a developer or software engineer position should do the following things:
- Follow the A.B.C principle, which stands for Always Be Coding.
- Have a portfolio of projects that you can show a recruiter (GitHub, personal site, etc.)
- Participate in Hackathons if possible. (Hack Arizona is right on campus)
How did Eller prepare you for the career opportunity? Eller prepared me by giving me a well-rounded skillset and having numerous events focused on putting students in contact with companies. I benefited the most from attending Career Fairs and joining the Management Information Systems Association, which provided great leadership experience. Also, Nancy Roberts and Matt Hashim helped me a lot with career opportunities and growing as a student.