My name is Brianna Docena, and I am a 4th year majoring in Business
Information Systems. After declaring my concentration in Information
Systems, I was very uncertain and unconfident about my decision for
multiple reasons. Although technology and the ability to program and
understand code has always intrigued me, I began to feel discouraged after
struggling to understand anything that was going on in my intro to
programming class. In addition to this, I began to question how I would
ever land a tech internship when I had zero technical experience, I was
barely qualified, and I was trying to stick my foot in an industry full of other
qualified individuals. For a while, I debated switching to a concentration
less technical and something I was more comfortable with.
However, after talking to some brothers and discussing my concerns, they
reassured me that I could do it. With this in mind, I began to apply for
internships in the tech industry, despite feeling very under-qualified. After
some very disheartening phone interviews, I had one interview that went
unexpectedly well. Dassault Systèmes wanted to bring me on board for a 6
Dassault Systèmes is a European Software company that focuses on 3D
designs and experiences. I currently work under the DELMIA Apriso
program as a Technical Customer Support Engineer Intern. The program is
a platform that allows industries to virtually experience their global
manufacturing operations. With my position, I troubleshoot and resolve any
issues that customers may have with the application. Despite only being
here for a month, I have learned so much and continue to learn more and
more about technology every day. My position has given me the
opportunity to see how fascinating technology is and all of the various
things you can do with technology. It has also taught me the importance of
customer relationships and interpersonal skills.
I am so happy to have the opportunity to work for an amazing company. If
there is anything you can take away from this post, its to just go for it.
Apply to as many internships as you can. If it is something you’re interested
in, apply for it! Even if you feel unqualified. Challenge yourself to step out of
your comfort zone and put yourself out there; you never know what could
happen and it's worth it.