Julie Rankin is majoring in Accounting and graduating in May 2018. After graduation, Julie will be working as an Account 1 in the Generation Accounting Department with Arizona Public Service in Phoenix, AZ.
What is the position you have accepted? I will be an Accountant 1 in the Generation Accounting Department
How did you find this position? As a pre-business student, I was invited to a “Speed Networking” event for Accounting 200 students. At the event, we spoke with different accounting professionals from many different fields. I had the opportunity to speak with representatives from Arizona Public Service, and absolutely loved everything that they said about the company and opportunities within. The next semester, I knew they were going to be at Meet the Firms, so I emailed the department leader that I had spoken with the semester prior telling them of my interest in their internship – they called me and we set up an interview for the following day. I was hired during the interview for the internship position and after my summer internship was hired full-time for after graduation!
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company. I did not technically interview for a full-time position. APS carefully observed everything that I did over the summer and decided that they wanted to make me an offer to be a full-time employee. This is so important to think about when you go into your internships and externships. Everything that you do is being evaluated – your interaction with employees, your critical thinking skills, the way that you act during meetings. Your internship is essentially a working interview.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position? (ex. campus involvement, leadership, past internship) My internship with APS was the reason that I was hired for this position. I was hired for my internship for my accounting knowledge and involvement on campus. Something that I spent a lot of time talking about in my internship interview was my on-campus job in the Office of Admissions. I am very involved in Arizona Ambassadors. Through this club, I was hired for an office position that has given me the opportunity to practice customer service, critical thinking, and problem-solving. I have grown as a leader immensely and I think that my leadership skills were a big factor in my offer of employment.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company? The opportunity to learn something completely new. I’ll be sitting at the desk for Palo Verde Nuclear Powerplant, so I will be learning so much about nuclear energy and government regulation. I’m looking forward to applying my accounting skills in a real-world setting.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller Students? Work hard all the time and go with the career that you want to do. I knew that I wanted to do industry accounting and I worked hard to ensure that I would be able to get a good job with a great company. It is so important to focus on you and really think about what you want to do with your future.