CIS Spotlight - Erica Williamson
Where do you work?
I work at Leankit in Franklin, TN with several other MTSU alums. This is a company that specializes in IT project management software and services. The company provides Agile, Lean, and Kanban solutions and applications for companies.
What is your job title?
I started with Leankit as a DevOps Engineer. This role links development and operations in order to oversee the integration and deployment of new features and fixes for our product. We also look for automation opportunities that can improve any of our current processes.
What was it like to begin work after you graduated? Were there obstacles you had to overcome?
Exciting, but yes, there were obstacles. I entered an environment of great freedom. While this freedom has many advantages, such as the chance to accumulate a wide range of skills to expand my knowledge base, a possible drawback is that one can lose focus, so self-discipline is key.
What about our program helped you once you entered the IT workforce?
I had many roles at the Information Systems department: undergraduate student, graduate student, graduate assistant, executive aide to the department, adjunct instructor, and now alum. You would be hard-pressed to find someone who had all of those roles. From this unique vantage point, I can truly say that the bonds that I formed during all of these stages during my time at MTSU are an integral part of not only me, but my success in my current position.
Do you see any benefits to giving back/staying in touch with MTSU?
Certainly. I still maintain contact with many of my former professors and I value these relationships very much. As far as giving back, I have the wonderful opportunity to continue being an adjunct instructor, allowing me to return the favor and possibility have the same sort of impact on students that my instructors had on me.