CJ received his undergraduate degree in Accounting, with a co-major in Technology Management from Kelley in 2020. CJ also received his graduate degree in Accounting and Data Analytics in 2021. CJ works in Assurance for PWC in their Indianapolis office.
Why did you choose to major in accounting?
I chose accounting as a major because it would open a wide range of doors and career opportunities that fit my preference the most. Accounting will allow you a high level of career flexibility. You can use your accounting background as a bridge to other career types, whether you’re just entering the workforce or a seasoned professional.
Was there a course/project/group/interaction, etc. at Kelley that has been particularly helpful to you in your career?
I took an audit class in Grad school with Professor (Joe) Schroeder that I think helped me understand the thought process and mindset you need to be a successful auditor.
What was your favorite part of being an accounting student at Kelley?
My favorite part of being an accountant student at Kelley is the exposure to real world situations that they prep you for. Always having speakers, events, etc. that can expand your horizon to the accounting profession.
Drawing on your career experiences, what advice would you give to future Kelley Accounting students?
One piece of advice would be to continue to ask questions. This career path is all about learning and navigating unchartered territory, so the more questions you ask the better.
What was your favorite accounting class at Kelley?
My favorite accounting class would have to be my tax class with Bridget Stomberg (A-329). Although I didn’t want a career in tax, her class was the most interesting/interactive that I had taken during my time at IU. It was so much my favorite that I took her class again during grad school.
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