BBA Alumni Insights: Finance 2015 Grad

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March 17, 2016 by texasbbacareerservices

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DeannaAlumniFINDeanna Wiblitzhouser
Major: Finance
Grad Year: 2015
Current Job Title: Associate-Financial Management
Current Company: KPMG

What was the most important thing(s) you learned in BA 101 to help you get where you are today?

While the skills you learn in BA 101 are important I really think that the biggest takeaways are the confidence you gain and the lesson you can learn from both your teacher and TA’s. My class had a strong emphasis on taking control of your career and figuring what you want to do or at least starting the process in figuring that out. I think the exposure and nuances you can discover from exploring and learning about different industries and jobs is incredibly helpful in figuring out what you want to do and in having more options later.

What BBA Career Services resources did you use and how did you utilize these resources to get where you are today?

I made sure to take advantage of attending a lot of the events that career services offers, such as the McCombs Diversity Council Dinners. While, starting as a freshman or Sophomore may seem overzealous, I really do recommend attending as many events and meeting as many employers as you can. It makes you more comfortable networking and provides you a foot in the door later on.

I also utilized OCR to apply to both the internships I had throughout college & interviewed in Ford Career Center.

How did you make your final choice to accept your job offer?

I was lucky as I accepted my full time offer from my summer internship. As for accepting that internship, I was interested in consulting and liked the people and balance that KPMG offered as a firm. I previously interned in corporate finance and knew it wasn’t the right place for me. When looking for a company I looked for people that I would be happy being similar to 5 or 10 years out; not just career wise but in a personal-work life balance.

Give us your best career advice.

While recruiting: Be open Minded! There are so many jobs and careers out there that you should pursue if they interest you. McCombs tends to lean towards banking, corporate, or consulting jobs but seriously evaluate if they are right for you. If not find something else, if you like what you’re doing you’ll be more successful!

Once you start working: Honestly just be a good person and do good work. There will always be politics in the work place but the more transparent you can be the better and less stressed you’ll be. If people like you and you consistency deliver good work you’ll be better off in the long run. Try to be someone you would like to work with.

Connect with Deanna on LinkedIn for virtual mentorship!

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