Graduate Student Spotlight: Garrett Voge ’13

Eller PDC Alumni Stories

Garrett Voge graduated with his undergraduate degree in May 2013. He is now pursuing a Masters in Accounting (Audit Track) at the Eller College.

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What do you hope to do after you complete this program?

Garrett Voge 1I had an internship this past summer with PwC in San Francisco, and I will be starting as a first year associate in PwC next September. My area of focus as a first year associate will be in Assurance, which works with companies such as Levi’s, BevMo!, and Simpson Manufacturing Company to verify their financials. In the meantime, I’m hoping to finish taking the CPA next summer.

In the long term, I hope to use my experience from Eller to work my way up in public accounting.

What has been your favorite part of the experience? Most challenging?

The master’s program is very different from undergrad in the sense that it focuses less on learning and memorizing material for exams, and instead more on real-world cases and application. I love that Eller is an approachable environment—the faculty and professors alike are willing to hear our ideas and work with us, and the group projects have really prepared us for the teams we will be working on in the workplace.

The most challenging part of my experience so far is balancing class work with everything else that I’m doing. The structure is different as well. I attend 2.5 hour classes once a week, as opposed to having, say, Monday/Wednesday classes.

Do you have any advice for students looking to pursue the same program?Garrett Voge 2

  1. Know that it’s a lot of work and the work is different from what you are doing for your undergraduate degree—it’s important to know how to prioritize things in order to balance it all.
  2. Have an end goal in mind and actively work towards it while you are pursuing your master’s degree.
  3. There are many opportunities to get scholarships (e.g. working for ASUA, being a TA, being a member of certain organizations)—explore your options!
  4. Networking with people has been an important aspect to helping me get to where I am (it’s how I got a job!). It’s never too soon to start connecting with people and making sure you maintain those relationships.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

My experience at Eller thus far has been so rewarding! I am really looking forward to graduating and giving back through time, connections and other contributions. Making Eller bigger, better and ranked even high in the future is definitely something that alumni should care about. I look forward to returning in ten years to see an even more amazing things at Eller!