Madeline Mill figures her education in business information systems makes her a builder of bridges – the type that links the work of data gatherers and analysts with those who need that information to make effective business decisions.
“I was a double major in BIS and accounting,” says Mill. “I picked up BIS at first to help meet 225 credits, which are required to take the CPA exam. But I soon found out that I enjoyed BIS much, much more than I ever would have thought.”
So much so that upon her graduation, she went to work for professional services giant Deloitte as a consultant.
“A lot of people I met in the college weren’t sure what BIS was exactly, but I just like to explain it as the bridge between management and technical processes,” Mill says. “The things learned in BIS classes help students identify how business processes can be improved with technical solutions.”
At OSU, Mills immersed herself in projects undertaken by the Students of Information Management Club. The biggest one involved researching how the university mitigates risk when changes are made to Banner, Blackboard and other computer systems used on campus.
“We made flow charts of the process and made documentation of the process and potential improvements,” Mill says. “This project allowed me to gain real-world experience and help the OSU community. It also made me attractive to potential employers because I stood out for doing this extra project outside of class for my own learning.”