Operations and Supply Management Alumna Spotlight: Alisa DeRoo
If you have the opportunity to do an internship early on in your college career, do it.
Alumna Alisa DeRoo graduated in December 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Operations and Supply Management and an Associate in Applied Science in Accountancy. Soon, she will be starting a new position as a Materials Analyst at Eaton Corporation. In this role she will be responsible for production planning, purchasing, and some customer service for the plant’s external customers.
Alisa chose to study Operations and Supply Management because of the hands-on nature of the program and of Ferris as a whole. She really enjoyed the professors and how they teach from personal experiences rather than just textbook information.
As a student Alisa was able to take field trips to plants that helped her better understand what she was learning in class. Additionally, she gained experience by being a part of the American Marketing Association on campus.
“The Operations and Supply Management program gave me real-world experience before I had my feet on the ground running. This gave me an upper hand when applying for jobs,” she says.
Perhaps the most important thing Alisa did during her time at Ferris was participate in three different internships, each of which equipped her for post-graduation life. Alisa has no end to her praise for internships and suggests that all students find their own sooner rather than later.
“If you have the opportunity to do an internship early on in your college career, do it,” Alisa encourages. “Don’t wait until it is required. It not only gives you experience, it gives you references.”
Alisa also suggests students find a mentor who will be able to teach them more about their prospective field.
“Find a mentor. It may be a professor, former supervisor, or someone in the field you would like to pursue. Utilize the knowledge that they have from being in your position before. I keep in contact with one of my professors who I consider a mentor now. Professor Marion listens to the experiences I am having as a new full time employee and gives me guidance through the tougher moments.”