SJR State Program Spotlight - Paraprofessional in pursuit of CPA license
PLEASE SHARE A BIT ABOUT YOUR STUDIES AT SJR STATE
During my last semester at SJR State, I was completing my A.S. degree in Accounting Technology and was strongly encouraged to take part in an internship. One of my professors at the time knew of a CPA firm that was hiring, as it was soon to be tax season. Carr, Riggs & Ingram was willing to take me on as an intern that spring. Therefore, I was learning, firsthand, about tax season in the workplace while I was also taking a tax class at SJR State.
As a tutor at the St. Augustine campus Academic Support Center, I enjoyed being able to help fellow students and reinforce various subjects in my mind.
HOW DID YOUR EDUCATION AT SJR STATE BEST PREPARE YOU?
SJR State provided the opportunity for a smooth transition to the University of North Florida and opened the door to my internship at Carr, Riggs & Ingram, where I continue to work today. My professors pushed me to become a better person and student by taking part in activities that I may not have otherwise done.
If you are interested in learning more about my experience at SJR State and my internship at CRI, I discuss these topics in the vlog - “Vlogging with Vikings” - a YouTube series created by my SJR State mentor, Mr. Joel Abo.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO STUDENTS CONSIDERING A CAREER IN ACCOUNTING?
Go for it! Accounting is a great field to go into. However, I know that accounting is not for everyone, so I would advise taking a couple of accounting classes first. Then, if the subject still interests you, take part in an internship to get a better idea of what you would and would not like to do.
My general advice to students would be to apply for scholarships, find a mentor and get involved.
All of my fondest SJR State memories are tied to being involved and taking part in hands-on learning. One was wading in the Guana and St. Johns rivers to take samples for Dr. Kaczmarsky’s Marine Biology and Environmental Science classes. Another was when I would travel to Downtown St. Augustine for Professor Ross’ Humanities classes to take pictures of various architectural features. Also, I joined what was for me an out-of-the-box club – the Sailing Club – and found my love for kayaking. In the Business Club, I remember participating in different events, one of which was the semester rummage sales. I am grateful for how much time and attention the sponsors gave to us business students. I even went to a concert with the Resound Club!
Interested in learning more about SJR State’s Business program? Please contact Joel Abo, SJR State Director of Business Education, at 904-808-7485.
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