- Worried about getting a job in a struggling economy?
- Feeling isolated on campus? Want to be part of a team, doing worthy things?
ATiB is a business minor that's part of your degree. Take one ATiB course each semester in your junior and senior years, for a total of four courses. Get intensive IT training. Work on real projects for real companies. Work closely with other students. Be part of a special team in the SBA.
Skills that companies value
IT skills are hot, hot, hot in the job market. Not just for MIS majors, but for everyone.
Suppose you manage an accounting department. You have two resumes on your desk. Both job seekers have brand new OU accounting degrees. They took the same courses, and have the same GPA.
But one of them is great with database and spreadsheet software. S/he knows how to take spreadsheet data, bring in matching data from databases, and create useful reports. Normally you'd need an IT specialist to do stuff like that, but this accounting graduate has those skills.
Who would you hire?
Suppose you're a marketing manager. You have two resumes on your desk. Both applicants have brand new marketing degrees. Both have taken a course in Internet marketing. Both have the same GPA.
But one of the applicants knows how to build complete marketing Web sites. S/he can point to Web sites s/he helped create, live sites for real companies. S/he can work with IT specialists; she knows their language, and how they think.
Who would you hire?
ATiB students have extra skills they can sell in the job market.
Experience working on real projects
It's the last semester of your senior year. You and a classmate are interviewing for the same job. An interviewer asks you about your work experience.
Your classmate talks about pizza delivery, being a waiter, and working at the Rec Center. During the summer, he worked at a golf course. He was promoted, to caddie supervisor.
You talk about the database you worked on for GM. The database is in use right now, at GM's tech center in Warren. You also talk about the Web site you helped build for an international management consulting company. The site helps the company maintain its position as a thought leader in its market sector.
Who gets the job?
ATiB students have relevant business work experience.
Be part of a special term
Camaraderie (def): Mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together.
That's ATiB. We have our own lab in EH 327. People hang out, and help each other. Not just with ATiB projects, but with their POM homework, accounting projects, whatever is needed.
It's not easy to find real camaraderie. ATiB has it.