A Computer Information Systems Degree Helps Houstonian Become Small Business Owner

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With many different ways to assist their own business as well as other companies’ businesses, those who work in technology, computer science and information systems are becoming more and more necessary for commerce to take place in modern times. Orit Pennington, a Houston entrepreneur and computer scientist, talks about how her education has allowed her to run her own company — TPGTEX.

(Photo courtesy of Orit Pennington)

(Photo courtesy of Orit Pennington)

What degree program did you study?

“Computer Information Systems.”

What does your current position entail?

“I am the owner of a software company. My job is divided to three areas: financial planning, software development and marketing.”

How do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“My education helped me acquire the basic information for my roles. I also took accounting courses to get a minor in accounting. I think this is so important for anyone trying to pursue a business career or any career that will eventually land them in the higher positions of a company, even their own company. Accounting allows you to do anything from preparing a budget to learning how to read and understand balance sheets, profit and loss, etc.”

“My programming courses helped in teaching me how to approach any program and understand multiple languages. This, in turn, helped me work with programmers who are writing programs I design.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education since beginning this position?

“I continue my education every day, albeit not formally. I read a lot and take free courses offered by BBB, outside marketing firms, etc.”

Do you have any advice for people who would be interested in pursuing a similar career?

“It is essential to take accounting courses to understand organizational structures. Also, learn some basic business law and programming.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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