September 26, 2014 by texasbbacareerservices
So recruiting season is in full swing and people won’t stop asking you “where are you interning?” or “do you have a job yet?” Not too long ago, I was in a similar position. I graduated from McCombs in May of 2013 with a BBA in Finance. In the spring of my senior year I was perusing OCR when I saw a job posting for Texas Instruments (TI). Through a series of very fortunate events, I began my career with TI in January of this year. Here is what you should know about TI during your very own career search:
- We are more than calculators!
While I feel personally indebted to Texas Instruments’ TI-84 calculator for helping me pass calculus my freshman year, Texas Instruments is actually a global semiconductor design and manufacturing company, that happens to also make calculators. TI is the brains behind the technologies, products, and innovations that impact the world and our daily lives. Our breakthrough technologies can be found in nearly every piece of modern electronics – smart phones and tablets; energy, medical, safety and security devices; automotive applications; business and home entertainment equipment, just to name a few.
- You don’t have to know exactly what you want to do yet
I can only speak for myself, but after my four years in college, I could no better answer the question “what do you want to be when you grow up?” than when I was thirteen and realized my childhood dream of becoming a whale and dolphin trainer was not going to happen. I am thankful to McCombs for my strong undergraduate foundation, but I certainly did not want to stop learning and exploring different roles after graduation. I was immediately attracted to TI because it boasts a global rotation program for new college graduates called the ACCESS program. The ACCESS program is a three-year rotational program offering two different tracks: generalist and specialist. In the generalist track employees spend a year each in finance, accounting, and operations, learning the intricacies of these functional areas and of different businesses within the company.
- But if you do, that is great too!
If you already know that you want your future to be strictly within finance, operations, or accounting, the specialist track encourages you to you stay within your chosen specialty. It offers an in-depth experience through a variety of roles over three years. At the end of three years, ACCESS employees transition into a full-time position.
- We are a global company based in Dallas
As I mentioned previously, the ACCESS program is a global rotation program, with opportunities in the U.S. and Asia. Typically, your assignment will be based in Dallas or Santa Clara, with rotation assignments available in other locations. If you’re in Dallas, heading down to Austin is a breeze – you can get the best of both cities!
- “Development” is not just a buzz word
Lastly, one of my greatest fears coming out of college was going to a company where I would be dropped in the deep end without any resources to succeed. Now, while I was certainly dropped in the deep end, I was also given all the tools and trainings I needed. Not only are there formal training classes for employees to attend and learn the systems and skills that are required for their role, but there’s also a one-year development program for new college graduates called Make an Impact. Make an Impact provides a lot of tools to help enhance new employees’ performance and get you caught up on how to grow and succeed within TI. The program includes everything from classroom training to networking events with peers and senior leaders to online resources, and more.
Overall, this is my take on a few of the many things that you might want to know about Texas Instruments during your career search. To learn more, visit ti.com/students. Hook ‘em Horns!