Meet the speakers for the November 7, 2018 #ELGLInspire event at the University of Texas, San Antonio! RSVP online for this event. This event hosted by GFOA, TCMA, and UMAST!
Doctoral Candidate, Texas Tech University
What was the very first paying job you held (that you paid taxes on)?
Telemarketer for 24 hour fitness. It was the worst job on earth…almost…
What was your: undergraduate institution? Graduate institution?
Oregon State University – Undergraduate, Texas Tech University – Graduate
What was/were your degree(s) in?
Business Administration – Accounting, Ph.D. Accounting Expected
What class(es) (if any) are applicable to your job today?
All my accounting and business courses have been applicable in one way or another.
Do you have a work or life motto? What is it?
Do my best so that I can’t blame myself for anything ~ Magdalena Neuner
What book are you currently reading? Would you recommend it?
I’m currently reading Intermediate Public Economics for class. I honestly don’t have the time for pleasure reading at the moment. Of course I would recommend it! Who doesn’t like economics?
Other than ELGL – do you belong to any other professional associations? Which one(s)?
Government Finance Officers’ Association, Government Finance Officers’ Association of Texas, American Accounting Association, Center for Social & Environmental Accounting Research, ELGL of course, and Institute of Management Accountants
What’s the best networking advice for job seekers you’ve heard or shared?
Take every opportunity afforded you to meet new people in and outside of government and stay in touch with them! Its a lot of work to do so, but the benefits are endless.
What’s the fastest way to NOT get a job or internship with you? (e.g. what should potential applicants avoid doing if they were to ever interview with you for a position).
Behaving like you already have the job, not doing your research on the entity, bad mouthing your current employer, or not following through on obligations (show up on time!).
Why should an undergraduate student consider a career working in local government?
The benefits to working in local government are extremely under publicized. Government employees are privileged to have the ability to make a difference in their communities, make a fair wage and accrue fair benefits, while also maintaining a better than average work/life balance. Yes, its a stressful job and easily hits home, but all in all it is extremely intrinsically satisfying!