I graduated from Eller in May 2013 with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance. While in college, I was involved in numerous on campus clubs, such as Sophos, Freshman Class Council, and Mortar Board. Additionally, I was on the Om Shanti Bollywood Dance Team. Beginning my senior year, I founded the organization Loans Across Borders- UA Microfinance, aimed at raising awareness about microfinance throughout the UA community.
In my sophomore year of college, I was introduced to the concept of microfinance and I was immediately intrigued by the simplicity of the idea. Thereafter, much of my interest and passion lied in the developmental non-profit sector. After graduation in the summer of 2013 and winter of 2014, I interned at PriceWaterhouse Coopers in San Francisco in their audit department. Working at a world class professional services firm, I was able to develop my knowledge of business “inner workings” in a more formal environment. Scrutinizing businesses allowed me to gain a thorough understanding of every process of a business.
During my internship with PwC, I received a job offer from Google as an Associate Account Strategist. I will be working with customers customizing business solutions for their advertising campaigns using Google-caliber research and market analysis. After my two year rotation, I hope to be involved in Google.org, which invests in projects that combat human challenges.
How did your experiences as a McCord Scholar and an Eller student help you on your career path?
My sophomore year of college, I applied for the McCord Scholarship and was lucky enough to receive it. Using the scholarship, I studied abroad in London my junior year spring semester. While studying abroad, I also had a finance internship at the National Health Services. The McCord scholarship really allowed me to explore more international opportunities which helped me gain more exposure in the international non-profit community. The international experiences provided to me as a McCord Scholar have distinguished me from many candidates as I’ve applied for jobs and internships.
As an Eller student, I was fortunate to be presented with many career choices and paths. What I liked best about Eller was that even though there were not many organizations or clubs associated with my passion (development non-profit), I was given the guidance and support to start my own organization.
Do you have any advice for students?
- Be passionate. Whatever makes you happy, even if it’s not business related, pursue it. Start a club about it, join other organizations about it etc. It’s easier said than done to show you have an “interest” in something, but having concrete evidence on your resume and/or cover letter goes a long way. Companies (like Google) really appreciate passionate people.
- Gain experience. It’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do in life. I went into college with the intention of going to law school. I’ve worked in non-profit, accounting, government, and now in marketing. Working in numerous fields has really shaped me as a person and allowed me to really understand what I want to do long term. Stay involved in as many clubs and organizations that interest you. Take on as many internships as you can. The more experience you gain in undergrad, the more you stand out when applying for scholarships, grad school, and jobs.
- Meet new people and keep the connections. It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Network, network, network, network. As intimidating as it may be, networking can be very beneficial. It’s how I got a job at Fortune 500’s best company to work for!