Gabriel Ligon ’19

1. What was your major/minor and when did you graduate?

Major – Business Administration Class of 2019

2. What is your current position (title, company, location)? Can you describe a typical day?

Cloud Engineer/Senior Consultant, Booz Allen Hamilton. As far as work, I cannot describe a typical day. However, I work with a great team, the culture is amazing; Leadership is transparent, they are always trying to set goals for employees and figure out how they can help them achieve whatever it is the employee wants; the team are all about helping and is very family oriented!

3. How did your major prepare you for your current job?

My major prepared me for my current job by giving me the abilities to do anything I wanted. Business majors learn how to communicate, collaborate, and see the bigger picture (in my case being able to analyze any type of business and indicate my strengths and how I could be a key performer in bettering that business).

4. How did you become interested in your field?

My field fell into my lap. My first job out of college was a Business Process Consultant for the Parsons Corporation supporting their Cybersecurity Division. Learning about how the Software Development Lifecycle worked and how to effectively measure performance between people, process, and technology was the bridge that took me from analytical to technical.

5. What’s the best career advice you ever received?

You don’t belong here” – My senior consultant at my first job told me that after I had done a not so up to par job with creating a deliverable for our client. At first, I was upset, angry, and hurt… however looking back, I wasn’t the best at that job. But it wasn’t until roughly two years later that I realized his comment was accurate.

6. Was there a professor, advisor, or fellow student who made an impression on you or helped you when you were at UMW?

Gower and Professor Oxford. Both powerful key players in my time with UMW. Both I can characterize as “fierce” and “intimidating”: Doctor Gower taught me how to critically think. Professor Oxford taught me how to communicate.

7. What’s your fondest memory of UMW?

Struggling… I know it sounds odd, but I found myself struggling and forced to reach out to my classmates for assistance. Those classmates turned into great friends, and we continue to keep in touch! – Remember you’re not alone… there’s always someone else who doesn’t understand concepts, and there’s always someone where it just clicks! Play off of other people’s strengths and assist where yours are.

8. Are there any special accomplishments you’ve achieved after college that you’d like to share?

I’ve been able to help current students, and peers from my graduating class with next steps. Whether it was sitting with them to revise resumes, goal talking, applying for jobs, or prepping for interviews – Seeing the people I care about find what their “next” is, whatever they are looking for, those have been the special accomplishments I’ve achieved post-graduation.

9. How would your family or friends describe you in seven words or less?

Ambitious, Caring, Willing, Evolving – On this note, please ask your friends and family this question, or better yet 3 words that describe your strengths and weaknesses. It’s easy to have an answer when there is already data!

10. In one sentence, what advice would you give current business students?

Don’t lose sleep over what someone else is doing.