Alumni Profile: Alexis Dupree (Class of 2014)

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Alexis Dupree graduated from Plymouth State in 2014 with a B.S. in Information Technology. She now works as a Workplace Planning and Guidance Consultant at Fidelity Investments. Since graduating, she has received two financial licenses.

Can you tell us a bit about what your typical workweek is like in your current job?

I currently work a normal shift (8:30pm-5pm) Monday and Tuesday, but work Wednesday through Friday late at night (1:30pm-10pm). The need for this is to be able to reach clients at different times. I work in a mostly inbound call center role. I take phone calls from participants in 401K plans managed by Fidelity. I am a fully licensed and registered representative so I provide guidance based around investments, retirement planning, and saving.

Tell us about some cool projects you’ve worked on since graduating.

The main project I have worked on is getting myself licensed with my financial licenses. Since graduating I have spent about a year studying and testing for these licenses, not much time for anything else haha.

How did Plymouth State help prepare you for your job?

PSU gave me the well-rounded knowledge to be able to take on the real job force. While I did not end up in the IT world, the IT degree was so well versed and gave me knowledge in many aspects in technology that it would have been useful in any path I went down.

What are some of your favorite memories of your experience at Plymouth State?

Some of my favorite memories from PSU are simply spending those late nights in the small computer science lounge in the 3rd floor of Memorial Hall. We would order pizza, joke around, laugh, yet bust out our work at the same time. Made the daunting task of programming more fun.

What other things do you do for fun in your free time?

Now that I have some free time back into my life after studying and gaining my financial licenses, I like to explore events and things to do around the area. I have always been an avid camper and like spending time outdoors, so once the warm weather comes back around I see myself getting outdoors every weekend. Unfortunately I missed out on most of that this summer with my time being spent indoors in the books.

What advice would you give to current CS/IT students?

My advice is to not be too stressed about what you are going to do in the future. I am a prime example of someone who utilized my degree in IT to become something I found a passion in outside of PSU that I was never exposed to. The great thing about a degree being mainly based in technology is that I see it being useful anywhere right now. Don’t think all we learn in school is what we have to do when we are out. I am now starting to become successful in the Financial Industry and I would never have been able to do that without my degree and drive that I gained from my experience at PSU.

Anything else you’d like to share?

Even though I changed my projected career path and diverted away from my degree, I still, to this day would not change a thing about what I studied at PSU.