A UT Dallas Student's Perspective
In this edition of the newsletter we profile Anil Badruddin who is pursuing a BS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management Information Systems. He is expected to graduate in spring 2010 and is already working full-time with JC Penney as a result of a summer internship in his junior year. The following transcript is from a recent interview with Anil.
Q: Where do you work and what is the name of the company?
A: I work at the JC Penney corporate office in Plano.
Q: Briefly describe your job duties and responsibilities.
A: I analyze, evaluate, develop, customize, install, implement and maintain computing systems, platforms, and infrastructure in accordance with customer requirements and organizational methodologies and standards. In addition, I respond to production problems and implement immediate resolutions and prepare software for distribution to the enterprise.
Q: How do you like the location where you work?
A: JC Penney's home office is a wonderful place to work. The company is taking very good care of its employees and offers numerous benefits such an in-house cafeteria and fitness center.
Q: How did you find the opportunity?
A: I found this opportunity by applying for JC Penney's internship program. They were working with the Career Center and I was able to find a position that I felt I qualified for.
Q: What was your first day like?
A: I had an advantage that I was an intern with JC Penney before coming on full time so my first day was a little less stressful. For the majority of the first day, my manager sat down with me to determine what my specific career goals were and how those goals could be reached. We also went over what competencies they want me to obtain and put together a timeline.
Q: What are your day-to-day responsibilities?
A: My daily responsibilities include performing quality assurance for all of the software that has been repackaged for distribution. I also am working on a project where I am responsible for planning, tracking, and reporting the migration of current packages to a new deployment system.
Q: What's the most important factor for being successful in your job?
A: The most important factor is a willingness to learn and be able to apply what you know.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your internship/job?
A: The corporate culture is very results oriented and in my department there is an emphasis on growing the employees within the company.
Q: Tell me a bit about your boss or co-workers.
A: The team that I work on is a very relaxed team. That doesn't mean that we don't meet deadlines or commitments, but the team is relaxed yet very accountable. There is an expectation that every member on the team, including the manager, will adhere to timelines that are agreed on; but there is not a lot of micro managing. We are free to take multiple approaches as long as the timelines are met.
Q: What are some things you enjoy doing in your time away from work?
I am involved in some volunteer work working for a non-profit organization that helps alleviate poverty in developing nations. Other than that, I enjoy playing and watching sports.