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Ask the Alumni

Sep 22, 2020
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How can you use your tech skills to help your (future) organization?


Ashley Baker“I can help my future organization by staying current on technological advances. This is very important because it helps you keep up with competition, or, in some cases, keep you ahead of competition. It also helps to be technologically literate so I can effectively communicate and assist others with their technology questions and projects.”

—Ashley Baker, senior at Indiana State University, majoring in business administration with a concentration in accounting, finance and marketing, INCPAS Scholar 2016–17


Anyah CorkAs a management major with a concentration in human resources, I would be able to use my tech skills in many different ways. Due to my previous internship experience, I spent a great deal of time in Excel analyzing data sheets and using that data to execute project proposals. Therefore, I would be able to bring new, innovative ideas and analytical skills to my future organization. Working with Excel can be difficult at times, but the key is understanding what you're looking for within the data given and using the many different functions Excel offers to filter out all excess information.”

—Anyah Cork, junior at Purdue University, majoring in management, INCPAS Scholar 2016–17



Yaugen Karakin“Come to your organization with an open mind and solutions. Something I have noticed is while for many companies the customer user experience is seamless and beautiful, the employee portals can be slow and out of date. Use your tech skills acquired from school and personal experience to work around issues and recognize areas for improvement. Complaining to management will not get you far—instead, come up with logical solutions which will boost business efficiency. Present these solutions and hopefully with time they will be implemented.”

—Yaugen Karakin, senior at Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, majoring in accounting, finance, and international studies, INCPAS Scholar 2015–16

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