M.S. in Accounting 2016 (Tax Consulting Track)
Now: Ernst & Young, Tax Staff (Atlanta, GA)
Kennesaw State University
Most memorable class
Partnerships taught by Professor Porter. The most memorable part about the class was how our whole class of less than 10 would get together to study, which I loved. Looking back, it gave me a leg up not only on the CPA, but also in the workplace. I have been working for only about a month, but I already find myself discussing difficult concepts with seniors and managers, which definitely gives me an advantage.
Leveraging the M.S. in Accounting degree in the workplace
Although I am new to the workspace, I have been welcomed by many UVA alumni in the office and expect to be able to leverage my degree as time goes on.
A typical day on the job
Every day, I work on a variety of different tax projects for a variety of clients. My latest projects include provision work for a pharmaceutical company and working on a complex spin-off involving a public real estate investment trust.
What makes the job great
Transitioning to the workplace was surprisingly effortless. Within the first few days, I found myself working with some really great people on some really interesting projects.
Advice for future M.S. in Accounting students
Enjoy the program! You will be surrounded by some very bright people and amazing faculty, so you’ll get a great education. UVA has so much to offer both within the program and outside of it. The campus has so much history and many traditions, so use the year you have to get out and explore with your fellow classmates!
Preparation for professional success and leadership in the workplace
Upon graduation from the McIntire program, I entered the workplace and found myself asking the same questions my managers and seniors were asking. Being able to think ahead of the rest of my starting class has impressed many partners, several of whom have sought me out to be part of their teams.