Accounting Involves more than Tackling the Books

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.

Do you have a chance to interact with professionals?

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.

Advertising Career Fair

Casey Reed

I ran over to ACAC today to grab some lunch, and I stopped by the Advertising Career Fair to see how it was going. There were so many corporate recruiters there! I saw several recruiters reading student resumes, and some of the recruiters were sitting down and interviewing the students right then and there. Here are some pics…

Students studying Art, Communication, English, Film Studies, Marketing, Organizational Studies or other similar majors were encouraged to attend. Also, did you know that as a TU student, you can earn a certificate in advertising? Check it out.

Good luck to all the TU students who attended the fair!

-Casey Reed

We’re too Young to Know Certain Things are Impossible- So We do Them Anyway

Hello!

Today, let me give you some encouragement and roommate situations and tell you about an awesome opportunity I had because I decided to get involved!

So I’m actually writing this post having gotten off of a plane from Chicago a few hours ago! I am a part of the Society of Women Engineers and had the opportunity to go to a conference this past week in Chicago! We got to go to sessions about everything from how to interview to how to know if a company is right for you. We also got to go to a job fair with about 250 different companies. I got to learn about different internship opportunities for this summer and a TON about jobs in the real world. While I am only a freshman, I thought that this was such a great experience to get to learn about the engineering world beyond school. I went with six other girls and while I learned a LOT form the sessions and the job fair, I probably learned the most simply from advice the other girls gave me throughout the week! The reason I got to go to this conference as a freshman was that I was eager to be involved in activities and learn about engineering and life. I say this to encourage you, a junior or senior, to start thinking about what you would like to be involved in at TU or wherever you decide to go. I decided I want to be involved in the Society of Women Engineers and pursued an officer position, even my freshman year. As a result, I got the AWESOME opportunity to go to a job fair in Chicago!

First, let me start by talking about something that I was nervous about when I came to college. I came to TU as only the second student from my town to ever come here, so I was uneasy, to say the least, about the roommate situation. I did not know anyone who was going here and had to sign up for a random roommate. Terrifying, huh? Let me tell you, though, my story has been a great success story!! My randomly chosen roommate and I love living together, and while we are very different people (I’m an engineer and she’s in musical theater!), we get along very well. And though we don’t always get along perfectly (I have an eight am class on mornings she wants to sleep in), we are both freshman and are both just as lost as the other. We have had so much fun figuring out how college and life without parents works! We’ve cried together, eaten PB&J on the floor together, and stayed up half the night together. I say all this to encourage you that while everything doesn’t always turn out perfectly, your roommate is probably just as nervous and excited about college as you are and, chances are, you’ll have a lot more in common than you think!