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Student Profile

Why did you decide to come to UW-Eau Claire for college?  

Easy decision. The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire has an outstanding track record for job placement in the field of information systems. Additionally, I adore the campus and love the big city amenities without the traffic jams.

Why did you pick the major you selected?

At a young age I was captivated with any object related to electronics. I would disassemble radios, VCRs, and phones to figure out how the components made the object function. Furthermore, I have always been attracted to new technology concepts featured in movies such as “Back to the Future,” “Short Circuit,” and “The Last Starfighter.” 

Deep down I’ve always known information systems was the right fit for my goals. My parents have always been supportive of me in all of my endeavors. I believe they have been a strong influence on my decision to pursue a career in information systems. Furthermore, throughout my educational career, my professors have provided necessary resources and positive reinforcement to achieve my goals.

Have you completed an internship? 

I completed an internship at Menard, Inc., where they taught me much about how the corporate structure in a large private organization operates. Menard, Inc. gave me the opportunities to expand my knowledge in areas of networking, programming and troubleshooting complex issues.

Have you studied abroad?

I haven’t yet, but I’m planning on it this summer. I was selected for a new program called the Atlantis GlobITpro program. The program supports projects that develop organizational frameworks for transatlantic student mobility, including work placements and internships that will provide adequate language preparation and full academic credit. Also supported are innovative curricula; teaching materials, methods, and modules; research internships; and teaching assignments.

I chose the Atlantis program because of the strong focus on technology, engineering, entrepreneurism, and research.

I believe that if you’re interested in studying abroad, you should consider the Atlantis GlobITpro program. The Atlantis program, open to all majors, features a $5,000 grant to cover airfare, food, and other costs while you study/tour Germany and Austria. On top of this already amazing deal, the program has recently become eligible for financial aid. This means much of your financial burdens are absorbed allowing you to focus on the experience and learning.

The Atlantis GlobITpro program representative for the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire is Dr. Matt Germonprez. You may also contact me for more information.

» GlobITpro website

What does success mean to you? How has UW-Eau Claire College of Business prepared you for success?

Success to me means striving for and achieving your goals no matter how big or small. The UW-Eau Claire College of Business has worked hard to prepare me for my future. The Student Professional Development Program from the College of Business has helped me fine tune areas such as:

  • The Job Campaign (Developing your Professional Profile)
  • Professional Appearance 
  • Career Planning (Becoming a Business Professional) 
  • Professional Etiquette

What tips and/or words of advice do you have for high school students coming to Eau Claire?

Get to know your professors.

Other thoughts?

We hear the term networking all of the time. I feel like most of us believe that the term means to obtain contacts outside of your circle of friends in businesses today. My concept of networking is different. My advice to underclassmen is to take the idea of networking to another level. The people you will meet in your major are not only your friends but also the future job force (with you included). My advice is to work as hard as you can now with your peers in group projects. This is the core foundation of how I view networking. If someone in your major graduates before you and you put forth a phenomenal work ethic on campus, they will not forget you when it comes time to apply for a position with their employer. I feel it’s important to take your group project work seriously for this reason.

Jacob Kampen
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