September 16, 2016 by texasbbacareerservices
Kelsey Morris graduated from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas in 2012 with a major in finance and minor in management. Since graduating, Kelsey has been working as a financial analyst at Intel Corporation. She is currently a pricing and product line analyst for the Intel Security Cloud business unit.
My Intel career path began rather surprisingly. Having planned to graduate a semester early from college and start full-time at a company where I had recently interned, I decided to log onto OCR just to see what else was out there. As a future oriented finance student, this seem like the logical and prudent choice at the time. Then one morning the Intel finance job posting caught my attention and I decided to submit a resume, which begin a series of interviews and eventually led to my employment at Intel. Since then I have held three different finance positions including my most recent position with the Cloud Security group. For students who have set their sights on accepting a full-time offer from an internship, I would encourage you to keep your options open and consider a future with Intel.
As a student I studied abroad through McCombs, but never anticipated frequent interactions with people outside of the US in my work life. Soon after starting at Intel I realized that global partnerships were the norm. Over the past three years, I have worked with finance, engineering, and operations teams in India, Israel, Germany, China, Malaysia, and the UK. Beyond collaboration over the phone and video conferencing, I had the chance to travel to Israel and work with a key finance team located outside of Tel Aviv. My international exposure at Intel culminated with a two month coverage rotation in Munich, Germany earlier this year. Working abroad is an example of one of several unique development opportunities that Intel offers. In addition to the possibility of an international assignment, Intel has an extensive network of mentors, the ability to rotate positions every few years, and a tuition assistance program for employees seeking MBAs.
Be Assertive, but Recognize Limitations
Working at Intel is challenging and fast-paced. The challenge of solving complex problems is a favorite aspect of working here. To be successful in each of the rotations, I utilized my finance skills to tackle difficult and time-sensitive problems. Intel welcomes input from all team members and encourages confidently expressed ideas which contribute to the decision making process. Recognizing that you are not an expert in many areas is also important. At Intel you will work with the best and brightest in their respective disciplines; however, the learning curve in this highly technical business sector can be steep. As a result, a financial analyst’s ability to recognize limitations and collaborate with engineering or operations experts is essential to a successful career here.