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Ask an Alumni: Dale Shumate and Chris Conrow of Fort Lewis College

Blog Post created by daniperea on Feb 20, 2018

Our recruiters love college job fairs. Not only is it a great chance to spend time on gorgeous college campuses and eat free pizza (we're only half-kidding about the pizza), it can also be a great opportunity to meet homegrown talent! Fort Lewis College has been a boon to our Durango, CO office, supplying some top engineering talent to our developer teams. We chatted with 2 of our engineers who started at Worldpay (then Mercury) right out of college to find out how their college experience gave them a leg up at Worldpay. 

 

Dale Shumate, Fort Lewis College class of 2006

 

Dale Shumate, Senior Principle Technology Engineer of Quality Assurance at WorldPay

 

What was your favorite thing about attending Fort Lewis College?

I liked the friendly atmosphere between the professors and students, and the close-knit comradery that came with smaller class sizes. Additionally, Fort Lewis is incredibly beautiful nearly the whole year round. 

 

What course most prepared you for your career?

Coding with C# and Object-Oriented Programming are incredibly useful in my everyday life. Some other good ones were Business Writing and Computer Architecture.

 

What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?  

I wish had taken a couple of business classes that help explain how to pitch ideas and how businesses truly work from a sales/business side. It's all about teamwork. Learning how everyone contributes would have been great.

 

What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

Abstraction of data is king. Learning how to manipulate data on a large scale, and properly store and retrieve that data is what an immense amount of processing is all about. 

 

What was your first job out of college? 

My first job was as an IT Tools Engineer for Mercury Payment Systems. I've been at Mercury (now Worldpay) for 11 years now! 

 

Chris Conrow, Fort Lewis College class of 2012

 

Chris Conrow software engineer at Worldpay

 

What was your favorite thing about attending Ft Lewis College?

Small class sizes. The professors care about your progress and were always available to help and provide one on one time with students.

 

What course most prepared you for your career?

A year-long (2 semester) course called Software Engineering. In the first part of the year, we learned about common Software development life cycles that are used in the real world. We also were trained in writing technical documents and project proposals. The second half of the year, we took on a project from the professor, acting as a client/Product manager and built a program using one of the software development life cycles and worked with the professor to build the program to spec.  It was a fun and challenging class that did a great job of mimicking what I do for my career.

 

What course do you wish you could have taken to prepare you for your career?

I wish I would’ve taken more writing courses. I am confident enough in my writing skills to get by, but it isn’t easy and can take me a while.

 

What advice would you give students who might be interested in a career in payments?

It is a fast field. Be ready to continually learn and push yourself. The job is rewarding if you can keep up.

 

What was your first job out of college? 

Mercury Payment Systems!

 

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