A lot of people are surprised that I made the leap from studying music at UW-Eau Claire to starting a software company. I honestly believe that we couldn't have done this successfully if I hadn't had my background in music. My piano teacher taught me to put myself in the shoes of the listener and see how they react. We've applied that same lesson to everything we do at JAMF. I see so much value in a liberal arts education. When we first started out everyone had to wear different hats, and they weren't all for something we were experts in. You had to learn enough to appear to be an expert but also to perform as one. My liberal arts education taught me how to research topics I'm not an expert in so I could perform as one. There are many artists and creative people who have liberal arts educations who work at JAMF Software. A certain kind of person tends to be successful both in the arts and at JAMF Software. We find that often people who have a talent for being creative are good problem-solvers. Not surprisingly, we hire a lot of Blugolds.
In This Story
- Zach Halmstad
Departments + Programs
For the Media
You may also like:
Building skills, improving lives
An international research project that helps people with autism be more successful in their workplace was the perfect way for Johannah Erffmeyer to use her tech and language skills to benefit people who often struggle to find meaningful employment.
When classes, research, part-time jobs and student life left Elizabeth Laskowski frazzled, she decided to make a change. The materials science major enrolled in a truck driving school and went to work for an area farmer as she worked toward her degree.
Teaching across disciplines
Dr. Rose-Marie Avin, chair of the Women's, Gender and Sexuality studies program, professor of economics, and a member of the Latin American Studies Steering Committee at UW-Eau Claire, is featured in a Blugold Spotlight.