As we approach the end of our nine-month program, it feels like a good time to reflect on the value of the M.S. in Accounting (MSA). I moved to Charlottesville last August after graduating as an accounting major from the College of Charleston. Overall I’ve felt that the MSA has been a tremendous experience, and I think that comes down to three main reasons:
At Commerce Career Services (CCS), I work with a team dedicated to providing exemplary service to McIntire students and employers. While our offices are split into two teams, one focusing on Employer Relations and the other on Student Advising, we all work together to provide a range of programming that features both employers and alumni including mock interviews, industry panels, and information sessions. Though I serve as a point-person for the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program, all advisors in our office meet with all students. As career advisors we enjoy getting to know all MSA students and learning about their unique interests and career goals. The added benefit for students is that you have multiple people looking at your resume or conducting your mock interviews– and the more people the better!
A big factor that influenced my decision to do the M.S in Accounting at the McIntire School of Commerce is the pleasant academic atmosphere created by the professors and students. As an M.S in Accounting student you immediately feel part of a larger community, and one of the best examples of how our network spans far beyond just the accounting department, is with the elective courses offered in the program.
I had the privilege of speaking with an alumna of our program who has gone on to work internationally, heading up operational risk at Man FRM, a global hedge fund investment specialist. Haliday, enjoying the best of what Europe has to offer, spoke with me after enjoying a two-week vacation and a conference in Paris, making me pretty jealous after spending the day studying CPA materials.
M.S. in Accounting Class of 2011
Position: Manager, Transaction Services
Location: London, United Kingdom
Where did you go undergrad and what made you apply to the M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program?
How do you know if the M.S. in Accounting is worth the additional time, cost, and effort?
UVA’s M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program is comprised of a unique group of students representing a range of backgrounds. Besides Virginia and local areas, we have students from all over the United States and several international countries. That’s what makes this program exceptional–we are all so different and learn so much from each other. While some of our students often land jobs in the Virginia area during the job recruiting process, others decide to fulfill their dreams elsewhere! Here’s another factor that makes us so great–we have such a strong presence around the world even after attaining our graduate degree.
Shared from Life After McIntire
Thinking about moving abroad? Well, buying a plane ticket is easy. The rest of the journey is actually a bit of a roller coaster. If I could give out only one piece of advice, it would be in the form of this quote:
McIntire Corporate Partners truly care. No, really. I’m serious. They care–about our students and faculty–because they are invested in McIntire and committed to the school’s continued success. Does that mean a Corporate Partner will bring you homemade chicken soup when you have the sniffles? Okay, maybe not. But they will come to McIntire to share more about their industry, help students develop career path options, or increase their understanding of how business leaders make strategic decisions. And in the context of a graduate program, that’s far more valuable than chicken soup.
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” This is one of my favorite quotes and has consistently proven to be true for me, particularly with respect to my education at the University of Virginia. More than a year ago, when I made the decision to come to McIntire for an M.S. in Accounting, I knew I would be in for a unique experience, but it turns out I got so much more. As I reflect on my recent academic milestone, I realize just how much I have grown and learned in this past year at McIntire. I am overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude and humbled to call UVA my alma mater.