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When I first realized we were having one month of winter break, I was amazed at all the time I would have to rest. To my surprise, it went by like lightning. During the holidays I went back home (to Monterrey), to my parent’s hometown (Durango, another State in Mexico), and to my boyfriend’s hometown (Puebla, Mexico). So it was kind of busy with all the travel, but at the same time I really enjoyed being back at home with my family.
Anyway, I’m back in Austin and even though it is hard getting used to the routine, I’m really enjoying the classes I’m taking (Advanced Accounting, Strategic Control, ITAC, and Management Auditing and Control). I even started auditing Oil and Gas Accounting (since I’ll be working in Houston and have no experience with Oil and Gas, I thought it might be helpful to audit that class). The class is very interesting and it is very nice to have a class where I don’t have to worry about being graded.
I’m starting to think that whoever said that you don’t realize how fast time passes when you are having a good time was right. I just can’t believe I’m almost done with my year in Austin and everything is coming to an end. I just wish I had more time to enjoy all of this, but at the same time, I’m really excited about what is to come.
I feel like I haven’t written in a long time, and I am truly sorry for that, but these past few weeks have been pretty intense. I went to an office visit with a company I loved, had a second round of midterms, and even got to go back to Monterrey for a weekend.
Anyway, today I am really excited because I can finally say that my recruiting process is over. I accepted an offer to work for an accounting firm in Houston, starting in January 2011 (right after my graduation in Mexico).
It is not that I didn’t like the recruiting process; I liked being able to network with a lot people and I think a learned A LOT. Pretty much everything was new for me, but I am sincerely grateful for all the support I received from the people in Career Services. They all helped me review my resume a thousand times, answered all my doubts, and even helped me improve my interviewing skills with a mock interview.
What I am really excited about is the opportunity to work at a great company with great people. Throughout the recruiting process everybody says that finding a job is all about finding “the perfect fit,” but to be truly honest, I don’t think I really believed that. Right now, I can only say that they really mean it and now I understand why that is true. During one interview with one manager, she suggested that I look at the people in the company and the other interviewees and imagine if I saw myself working with them. Well, now I feel I found the place I fit in and the people I want to work with.
It all started with the pre-interview dinner, when one partner approached me by name. I know that I had my name tag, but I really appreciated that he had already seen my resume, he remembered me, and he was interested enough to remember my name and ask about my background. Besides, during the dinner I met a lot of people from the staff and I enjoyed talking to each of them. The next day I talked with two partners during the interviews and I ended up even more interested in the firm. After that, going to the office visit just made me want to work there even more.
Now you can imagine how excited I was when I received the offer, and even now, when I officially accepted it. I just can’t wait to be there.
One of the most valuable things the MPA Program has to offer is its great faculty. In every class you have an outstanding professor with great experience in the subject and a true commitment to share that experience with the students. Besides, all the professors have an open door to students (whether it is during office hours, after class, or even via e-mail), so they really give you a chance to approach them with any doubts you have. I am really grateful that I have never been neglected an opportunity to talk to one professor and clarify my doubts.
However, seeing the professor in class or during office hours might not be enough to develop a positive, constructive relationship between students and professors. As part of the MPA Faculty Lunch Series, students are invited to have lunch with their professors so that they can meet in a more relaxed atmosphere. Last Tuesday I was able to attend a lunch with Professor Mark Bradshaw, from my Introduction to Assurance class.
I think it was a very valuable experience, since it gave me the opportunity to meet my professor outside the typical class environment and with only 10 more people in the room. This allowed for a more personal conversation, where we could talk about almost everything we wanted (from the professor’s professional experience to his life outside the university to the things we like/dislike about his class).
Sometimes it is easy to see professors just as proficient professionals highly commited to teaching you about a certain subject. However, I think my experience in the MPA has been far more valuable after learning to see beyond the professionals standing in front of the classroom, to see them as the persons they are, with many experiences that had lead them down this road. It is even inspirational to see how someone who started probably just as you are right now, has succeeded and accomplished many things.
I would highly recommend attending one of these lunches if you are presented with the opportunity of doing so. I will certainly do it again if I can.