Panayiotis Laskaridis

Major: BBA MIS
Graduation: May 2020

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HR Data Specialist Internship:

During my Summer 2018, I was honored to be offered an internship as an HR Data Specialist. I did my work at Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius LLP, the largest law firm in Philadelphia and one of the largest in the world. During my time, I managed a reports request inbox where I would receive dozens of requests. I would fulfill these requests using MySQL, Microsoft Access, and Excel. While I was there, I was able to attend meetings and interact with our HR Operations team. Additionally, I completed a project for the Chief of HR to present to the partners of the firm. Aside from the hard skills I was able to sharpen, I learned what it was like to work a real job and how to professionally cooperate with a team. I concluded my internship when school was in full swing, so I could focus on my studies. Overall, I could not have asked for a better first internship. I look forward to bringing the skills I learned to future opportunities.

4th Annual Temple Analytics Competition:

During Fall 2016, I participated in the Temple Analytics Competition. Alexion, Merck, and AmerisourceBergen sponsored the competition and offered cash prizes for whoever could provide the best graphic, and best analysis for their questions. I participated in this competition with my friend, Jon Locantore. Aside from the obvious, that being, using data to draw information and then using visualization tools to display our findings, I was able to work together with a partner to complete this challenge. I believe that separates MIS majors from other majors that deal with large amounts of data. We are able to separate ourselves because as MIS professionals, we possess a whole business background that will enable us to work together as a team and come to conclusions collectively. My partner and I collaborated by figuring out our solution that we discovered through the data that we found ourselves. After that, we decided together on the infographic that illustrated our findings.

Data Analytics Research Project:

This past spring, I completed my Data Analytics class. At the end of the class, I had to write an essay about my relevant topic of choice. I decided to write about the evolution of Artificial Intelligence and what that could mean to us. Although I think humans as a whole should move forward with AI, I think there needs to be a healthy level of skepticism. It helped me understand how automation and computers are taking jobs from low-skilled workers. I state my beliefs and views on the matter, but the topic is relevant to MIS majors because it isn’t. This research taught me that a career as an MIS major would be safe from Artificial Intelligence for the foreseeable future. I am the one to never say never, but for now, this assignment showed me that my career path is safe. Although simple, I think this is the most important aspect to think about when choosing a career path.


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