In The Atrium with Travis Selland
For a multi-talented guy like Travis Selland, it took a few years and a few internships to narrow down his career choice. But after choosing information systems, the second-year master’s student couldn’t be happier. Selland recently took some time away from his duties as copresident of BYU’s Association for Information Systems to sit down with The Exchange.
Did you always know you wanted to go into information systems?
I was planning on doing accounting before my mission, but then I was accepted into all the business school programs, so that didn’t help me narrow anything down. To meet all the prerequisites for all the programs, I had to take the introductory information systems classes. I felt like they challenged me the most, and I enjoyed the challenge.
Sounds like you’re always up for a challenge—what are some of your hobbies outside of academics?
I love sports. I played varsity soccer and volleyball in high school, so I’m on a bunch of different intramural teams. My wife and I like backcountry adventures like backpacking, hiking, and mountain biking together. We’ve hiked Half Dome at Yosemite National Park at night. We started at 10:00 p.m. and got up in time for sunrise which was pretty cool.
Tell me about your experience being copresident of BYU’s Association for Information Systems.
It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun. We’re responsible for organizing information sessions and other club events, mentoring younger students, and interfacing with the Dean’s Council. We have the opportunity to give back to the program and do good, and I love that it’s a unifying forum for all the people in this major.
Did your internships help you decide the field you wanted to go into?
In all of the business settings I was in, I always gravitated toward the technical side. I would think, ‘There’s got to be a better way I can do this instead of by hand—I bet I can write a program that would automate it and make it easier.’ That’s another reason why I chose information systems.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
I have a job lined up with Workday, an HR Software company in California, this summer when I graduate. I’ll be doing application development, and I see myself working there for a long time—I’d love to eventually be in a management position where I can mentor younger employees.