K-State graduation year: May 2013
Degree: B.S. Business Administration – Accounting
Current employer: Ernst & Young LLP
Position: Audit Staff
I was “open option” until the end of my sophomore year, when I decided to major in accounting. I had taken one accounting class and enjoyed the material. Additionally, the job market for accountants was and still is great.
Beta Alpha Psi
Yes, I interned at a small company in Manhattan, where I essentially job shadowed the accounting department.
At first, I applied to many jobs across many different industries. After I eventually narrowed my search down to public accounting jobs, I focused on learning as much as I could about the industry through networking events, Beta Alpha Psi presentations, etc.
There is not a typical day in public accounting. I’ll be out of town on a client one day, and the next day I’ll be working from home. It just depends on the day.
I enjoy the experience. It is very challenging, yet rewarding.
The two most challenging aspects of my job are the intense hours and the traveling. It is difficult being away from home so often.
Public accounting is a great place to start a career. I imagine that no other entry-level job will give you as much responsibility as you will have in public accounting. The technical skills you will learn in public accounting will benefit you tremendously as you move along your desired career path.
There were many things. I studied abroad, participated in the executive mentor program, and was active in Beta Alpha Psi. All three of those things greatly impacted my life.
If you have any interest in studying abroad, do it. I studied in Italy one summer and it was the best time of my life. Also, take advantage of the resources (career fairs, organizations, faculty, etc.) you are given at K-State.
My mentor that I met through the Executive Mentor program has greatly influenced my life. She has been the biggest supporter of my long-term career plans.