Taft Welch, Class of 2007

Dr. Wesley Long or to whom it may apply,

My name is William Taft Welch and I graduated from OU with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations in 2007. I attribute so much of what I learned in my Human Relations courses at OU to my career success post college.

I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do with my life right after college, quite honestly. I took a contract job as a Petroleum Landman not long after I graduated as I was referred by the Principle of the Middle School I tutored at in Norman for my HR capstone project. The Principle's husband was a VP at an oil & gas company that used the Brokerage firm I was referred to. I learned quickly that it was not a setting where I could apply my interpersonal skills so I started looking elsewhere within a few months. Not long after that I was referred by some college friends to TEKsystems where I will have my 9 year anniversary in September. TEKsystems is the #1 IT Staffing and Services company in the U.S. and ranked in Fortune Magazine's Top 100 Companies to Work For.

I started as a Technical Recruiter where my main role/task/goal was to build a network of relationships in the Tulsa IT market and then match them up with their ideal next job given their career path. Within two and a half years I was promoted to Account Manager where my job was to build relationships with local enterprise-size companies to earn their business whether it be an extension of their IT recruiting or managed services needs. About four years later I was promoted to Business Development Manager (my current role) where my role is to take a consultative approach to understanding our customers business and IT challenges. It is my goal to increase value to our customers by aligning TEKsystems Global Service managed services and outsourcing offerings where applicable.

The absolute majority of my career has been dedicated to working with people. This can be challenging for some but I can say without a doubt that my Human Relations experience at OU helped prepare me for this. I seek to understand before making assumptions, knowing that people have a wide array of behavioral, cultural, and social backgrounds and beliefs. This is key and I continue to challenge myself daily, breaking down barriers and building trusting relationships.

I started at OU in Journalism, then moved to the Price Business school, followed by Human Relations where I found my home. The classroom setting was smaller and more intimate and the coursework was something I actually looked forward to. I frequently tell people about my awesome experience at OU in the Human Relations department.

Thank you for reaching out. It's been an honor.

-Taft Welch