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Picking your Passion

By: Allison Inclan


I think most  college graduates struggle with knowing exactly what kind of role they want to start in their careers.


I was no exception.Picture2.png


I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) from the University of Alabama in May 2013. When I first started MIS, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I wanted to enable companies to operate “better, faster and cheaper” and I knew that I had a passion for using technology to drive impactful solutions. What I didn’t know was that MIS offered many tracks such as project management, business analysis, testing, and development. Suddenly, I was overwhelmed and lost.



Little did I know, that the solution to my angst would be found at the University Career Fair. It was there that I first met and interviewed with HP. There were many things that attracted me to the Company: the opportunity to solve big problems, work in various functional areas, collaborate with people around the globe and become a fundamental part of a respected IT pioneer.


As fate would have it, I became an HP intern in Summer 2012. I still remember my first day joining Global Regulatory Compliance, meeting my team members, and meeting my manager. My manager quickly asked me about my interests and I was honest in telling him that I was unsure which role I really loved.


And you know what his response was? Let’s try them all.


Throughout the internship, I acted as a project manager on two projects, worked with the testing team to review code, completed business analysis and even worked with the program manager to gain a higher level visibility of the organization. I always felt what I was doing was important, always felt supported, and quickly discovered that I loved project management.




HP is a huge reason I chose to become a project manager and is still supporting that decision every day. HP recently sponsored me to become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM). The CAPM is an internationally recognized certification and is part of the Project Management Institute. I have used that foundation along with the Lean Six Sigma tools to start creating my own project management style.








My career as a project manager has a long way to go, but I will never forget the great lengths HP took to jump start my career.




Allison joined HP in 2013 as a Project Manager with GRC IT. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and is passionate about music, biking, traveling, organization development and of course project management.  Want to connect with Allison? You can find her on LinkedIn!

on ‎06-10-2014 02:50 PM

Allison, thank you for sharing your story!  The HP Family is thrilled to have you here.  Lots of opportunity to learn and grow.

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