Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia to study business administration. My college hosted a business symposium and the first person I met when I walked in was Chris Gaturu, from EMC’s Talent Acquisition Team. EMC was one of the corporate sponsors for the event and Chris was the representative in search of candidates for the Historically Black Colleges & Universities program, an initiative in its infancy at the time. My first EMC internship was during the summer of 2013 right after my sophomore year.
What made you choose this program over others?
My major was finance and I was always interested in corporate finance. I liked that FTP exposes its members to so many aspects of the business. In addition, I attend training modules with executive speakers and FTP brings in Babson professors to host a week-long seminar on a particular business topic. This is beneficial due the real application of the material that is taught at a graduate level pace. The Black Employee Affinity Group’s HBCU program at EMC is also a great networking opportunity here. The BEAG leadership does a great job in pairing you with mentors that help guide you and creates a sense of community for new hires.
You mentioned you interned with EMC prior to joining full time, what was your experience like?
Yes, I participated in two internships in the summers after my sophomore and junior year and then I was offered a position the beginning of my senior year. First I interned in global trade compliance for the global distribution and logistics organization. My second internship was as a solutions finance intern in the Product Operations and Solutions Marketing organization. I graduated and was offered a position in the Finance Training Program.
How do you think Dell can help you achieve your career goals?
The size of the EMC-Dell merger was something I always read about but never thought I’d experience, especially three months into my first job! This is a once in a lifetime experience and I look forward the opportunities to come once both companies are fully integrated. I’m very interested in learning how Dell runs their business and I am optimistic about the future.
You’ve mentioned your involvement in the Black Employee Affinity Group and HBCU program; could you share more about your involvement?
The workshops offered through the HBCU program laid the foundation for the start of not only my career, but for eight other new hires as well. The BEAG is a great a resource that HCBU alums and people of color at EMC can leverage to attract and retain diverse talent. I believe keeping BEAG and its programs alive will do great things for incoming hires by providing them with the support necessary to make the transition into a multinational enterprise.
What makes this a great place to work?
Definitely the people! There are people who have an investment in seeing you succeed. Affinity groups here create a sense of community and give you a support system to help you transition through anything.