Meet Dev Jones
I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I graduated from Ball State in 2019 *Chirp Chirp* where I majored in Sociology & Public Health with a minor is Spanish. Then I went on to complete my master’s in Business Management at Notre Dame. While at Ball State, I was a member of Hall Council, BSA, Global Brigades, and Lambda Chi Alpha. I also was the recipient of the 2018 Whitney Gordon Scholarship.
Tell us about your current job.
Currently I work as a Sales Operations Analyst at Philips. I oversee the commissions department and payouts for over 150 sales representatives. The majority of my day to day projects revolve around math, computer coding, and paying an enormous amount of attention to detail.
Will you describe your career path?
How have you grown in your successive jobs that have led to your current position?
I learned and grew a ton in the roles I have had prior to this current one. Mainly being, how to properly navigate the corporate and business realms of life. A bit of advice I would like to share is:
If you aren’t thinking about what is next, then you aren’t thinking at all.
What is the most fulfilling part of your current job?
The most fulfilling part of my current job is the work life balance. I work from home and have a separate office within my apartment. This has been a complete gamechanger in so many aspects. As there is no commuting to work if the weather is bad, if an emergency pops up it is easy to address, and if I choose to go to work in a robe and slippers – I can.
What are the most valuable skills you have learned as a Ball State student in the College of Sciences and Humanities?
Is there a particular class, professor, or professional opportunity that had a significant impact on you?
My capstone course was the most influential opportunity from Ball State. Having to actually get in the field and apply my studies to the real world made me not only feel like I can have an impact, but it gave me the confidence I needed to plunge headfirst into my career.
What advice do you have for current or future students in your major or who might hope to follow in your career path?
My advice would be:
You can literally do anything, you just have to plan it right.
No matter how far fetched or difficult your goals may be, you can still accomplish them. You just have to have a plan. A good plan is one that has several options for each step of the way because you always have to prepare for the unexpected.
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