Most students in the M.S. in Accounting Program plan to start their careers in the United States, though several opt to work abroad. In support of students’ international career searches, UVA offers numerous opportunities for students to study abroad or to apply for internships and jobs in other countries. Having a global experience and mindset can help set you up for opportunities to work abroad in your career. We reached out to two Class of 2013 alums to hear about their experiences—as a U.S. citizen working abroad and as a Chinese citizen working in the United States. Coincidentally, both are in their current positions thanks to M.S. in Accounting classmate referrals.
McIntire alum Osato Aibangbee (M.S. in Accounting ’16) is firmly devoted to the numerical and the spiritual. A deep commitment to her accounting studies helped her obtain her undergraduate degree from American University in Washington, D.C., before progressing to McIntire’s M.S. in Accounting Program and earning her master’s degree a year later.
It’s hard to believe it’s almost been a year since I got to walk through Jefferson’s academical village from the picturesque rotunda celebrating our graduation from the M.S. in Accounting (MSA program)! Each day I am very grateful to have studied with such wonderful classmates and amazing professors who truly dedicated themselves to preparing us for the next chapter.
I think an appropriate place to start the story of my journey across the country to UVA and back would be at the University of Oregon, where I got my undergraduate degree in Accounting. Senior year at Oregon was exciting and nerve-wracking, all wrapped around a national championship appearance for the football team (we lost). I was taking difficult, (but not “intermediate accounting” difficult) upper-level business courses as part of the Lundquist College of Business at UO. Oh what I would give to go back to no classes on Friday and those famous Oregon summers…
I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and received my Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in Accounting from Gonzaga University before starting the M.S. in Accounting Program at UVA. I recruited through Gonzaga University, so already had interned with KPMG and accepted a full-time position with the firm in the Seattle office.
I’m sure we’ve all thought to ourselves from time to time: “If only I knew that when I was in school.” Wouldn’t it be incredible to go back in time to take back mistakes or even make decisions that would change the course of your life for the better? I’m happy to inform you that the M.S. Accounting (MSA) program gives you this opportunity!