University of Wisconsin Oshkosh alumnus Nick Watson ’89, credits his alma mater for helping him hit a home run with his career in information technology (IT).
“When I was growing up here in Wisconsin, I lived in Milwaukee for about five years and I’d go to Brewers games all the time,” Watson said. “I never thought about actually working for the Brewers until fast forward 20 years and there is a position open.”
Watson covers a lot of bases with the Brewers as vice president of information technology and director of spring training business operations.
“This is my seventh season with the Brewers,” Watson said. “I take care of all the technology needs for the Milwaukee Brewers front office and Miller Park.”
Watson said a double major in management information systems and operations management helped him score his first position.
“My first job was with Andersen Consulting, which is now called Accenture,” Watson said. “It got me started down the IT path and the degree allowed me a lot of opportunities in different industries.”
At UWO, Watson was a community adviser, student chapter president for the American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) and a Reeve Union Board member. Watson noted that his involvement on campus and experience through an internship also impacted his career.
“The internship piece is valuable for anybody and being involved on campus and doing more than just getting good grades is really important to start off your career,” Watson said.
Watson advises current students to take advantage of the resources UW Oshkosh has to offer.
“Do things you normally wouldn’t do, stretch yourself, put yourself out there, make friends, get the experience and look at college as being more than just getting a degree,” Watson said. “Look at it being the first step in getting some life experiences.”