For today’s Tuesday with Tulsa post, we asked the TU School of Accounting & MIS to tell us what it is like to major in accounting. So, they went right to the source and asked a student…
Alan Dock, originally from Giddings Texas, has been an asset not only to the TU football team for the past five years but also inside the Collins College of Business. Dock has proven himself worthy on the field and in the classroom. Upon completing his degree in accounting, he applied for TU’s Master of Accountancy program to further expand his knowledge. After completing his Master of Accountancy degree, Dock plans to work for one of the largest four international accounting firms. Cathy Gates, Managing Partner of the Tulsa Office of Ernst & Young, shares her thoughts about Alan, “We are thrilled Alan accepted our offer to join Ernst & Young after graduation. He brings both excellent academic training and valuable skills such as time management, discipline, and teamwork.”
The following interview will give some insight about Dock’s experience about how he was able to tackle more than just the books.
What made you chose accounting as a major?
I chose accounting as a major because I took an accounting class in high school and I really liked it. I then learned that with an accounting degree I would have a great job that pays well. While at TU, the faculty members have invested themselves in me. They want me to succeed in class and in life.
What do tackling and accounting have in common?
What tackling and accounting have in common is they both require practice, attention to detail, and confidence. When tackling, if you have not practiced it enough you will not be able to tackle your opponent. The art of tackling involves many different parts that must be put together to work properly. It is important to be confident in your own ability; if you do not believe in yourself then you will not be successful in tackling or accounting.
I have had many opportunities to communicate with potential employers through university-sponsored events, especially through Beta Alpha Psi. I made an effort to be a member and officer in BAP which opened doors for me. Even though playing sports required me to miss some of the events, there were still plenty of opportunities.
Do you think there are ample job opportunities available?
Absolutely, when I decided to look for a job I saw many positions open, and companies that I didn’t even apply with. At the same time when I was looking for a job, my friends without accounting degrees were uncertain about the availability of jobs in their area, but I was not.
What would you say to someone thinking about declaring accounting as a major?
Accounting is a great degree. There is a lot to learn from the accounting major, which will lead to a great degree. With that degree great job opportunities will present themselves, giving you a great future.