Antuan Wilson, MSA, Fall '17
Antuan Wilson will graduate in Fall 2017 with a MSA degree. He recently accepted a position with Deloitte and is currently preparing to sit for his CPA exam.
Why did you decide to go to graduate school?
Four years after completing my undergraduate degree, I felt obtaining my graduate degree was essential for me to remain competitive in the workforce. I was in the process of changing employers and wasn't qualified or didn't meet the "preferred qualifications" for many positions I desired, that's when I knew it was time to go back to school.
What was the preparation and application process like?
My preparation for graduate school at Eller consisted of studying for the GMAT exam, collecting relevant documents that I'd need to provide along with my application, and attending informational interviews with department staff. Overall the application process was smooth, staying ahead of relevant application deadlines would be my greatest piece of advice.
What has been the most challenging part of your experience? The most rewarding?
The most challenging part of my experience has been learning to become a student again after being in the workforce for four plus years. Basic things that I had been conditioned to do throughout grade school and into my undergraduate studies, I had become rusty on and needed to re-learn.
By far the most rewarding aspect of my experience has been having access to the vast network of alumni and employers Eller's Accounting Department has built relationships with. Within the first two weeks, I had opportunities to interact with employers and alumni and really begin to build my professional network.
What do you hope to do after you complete the program?
My goal after completing the program is to pass the CPA exam and begin work with one of the Big Four public accounting firms. I'm currently doing an internship with one of the Big Four and hope it leads to a full-time offer.
What advice do you have for students looking to pursue the same advanced degree?
Be ready on Day 1 to start establishing your professional network. I can't stress the importance of networking enough, the Accounting Department will provide multiple opportunities for students to engage with employers in both professional and causal settings...take advantage of these opportunities. Even if the industry doesn't align perfectly with what you see yourself doing after graduation, go for the experience and you'll likely walk away with valuable information.