matmoread IT Specialist
IBM
B.S.in MIS, 2007

Matt graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in May 2007 with a B.S. in MIS. During his time at UMSL, he obtained experience at several local St. Louis organizations. His first IT experience came from a small company named Hauser & Miller. Here he served as the single IT contact for five years and did everything from C# programming to network administration. In addition to this, Matt was employed as the MIS Lab Administrator for several semesters. This involved managing both the software and hardware aspects of the computers in the lab. Matt moved on from Hauser & Miller to obtain a corporate internship at Anheuser-Busch. Here he gained valuable experience in C# and ASP, which directly led to his next position at IBM. Currently employed in the Global Business Services sector of IBM, Matt is a traveling consultant specializing in object oriented development.

We sat down with Matt and asked him some questions.
  • Why did you decide to come to UMSL?
           Primarily because I did not have the money to go to a different school. UM-St. Louis allowed me to work at an internship and take classes at the same time.
  • Why did you pursue a career in information systems?
           I have always liked computers since I received my first IBM 386.
  • What college classes did you find most useful to your career?
           On the IS side, Design was the most useful class.
  •        I used my electives on CS programming classes which helped expand my foundation. Classes, such as C and C++, have better prepared me to enter C# and Java languages.
  • If you were in college today, what courses would you take?
           I would continue on to receive a minor in Computer Science and start on a Masters in Business Administration.
  • How did you continue your education after your first degree?
           Within IBM, I am involved in a Sun Certified Java Programmer study group. We are preparing for this certification exam.
  • How did you find your first job?
           I was contacted through Career Services and setup an interview.
  • In what non-academic activities did you participate in college that you would recommend to others (and why)?
           IS Mentoring - Of the four jobs I interviewed for, two of the interviewers were mentors. You are exposed to professionals in the field and given interesting presentations that can guide you in your class selection.
           IS Programming Club - Learn about the hot trends in programming from presenters at different St. Louis companies.
  • How would you change your career if you had it to do all over again?
           I wouldn't. I am happy where I am at now.
  • What advice would you give to someone just starting in the field?
           Get started in a corporate internship as soon as possible. If staying in St. Louis, stick to the Express Scripts/Anheuser-Busch caliber companies.
  • Look into your crystal ball. What do you see changing in the IS field in the future?
           The industry will continue to standardize languages and techniques.
  •        Web applications will move to the next level and completely replace actual software installations. All content will be streamed instead of installed off media.

    If you would like to ask Matt a question, you can email him at matthew.morehead at gmail.com

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