Category Archives: Alumni

Taking Your Career & Network Abroad: Alumni Spotlights

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.

Wahoos Out West!

Cav man!
Me with Cav man!

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…

Accounting Coast to Coast

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.

Young Alumni Share Tips and Industry Secrets

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!