Joining one of the world’s top four financial firms is a major feat for anyone – especially shortly after graduating college.
For Leah Scully, a senior accounting major at High Point University, it’s the first step for a promising future with one of the Big Four.
Scully accepted an assurance associate position at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) in their Greensboro, North Carolina office. She was offered the position in private client services last fall after attending a networking event through HPU’s accounting department.
“Every year, the Big Four has entry-level audit positions they are looking to fill,” says Scully. “I heard specifically about the openings in the Greensboro office at the HPU ‘Meet the Firms’ event in September. The job hunt is a lot of work, but graduating from college is that much more rewarding when you have a signed job offer.”
Positioned for Success
A native of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, Scully took advantage of HPU’s Career & Internship Services for resume enhancement, mock interviews, personality testing and career advice. Along with an extraordinary education provided by her accounting professors, Scully knows her time at HPU has prepared her well for a life of success and significance.
“The accounting department at High Point University is fantastic,” says Scully. “The professors, curriculum and networking opportunities like ‘Meet the Firms’ effectively prepared me for a successful career as an accounting professional.”
Scully says Marnie Matthews, assistant professor of accounting, was a role model who inspired her to discover her passion for accounting. She also credits Phillip Watson, instructor of communication, for truly caring about her career development and helping her land her first internship.
“Kappa Delta Sorority, my study abroad semester in Rome, and being involved in religious life on campus have furthered the holistic education I have received at HPU.”
After she graduates in May, Scully will spend her summer studying for the CPA exam before her first day at PwC in August. She’ll soon move into her new apartment with HPU senior Maddie Weierbach, another accounting major who will also join PwC post-grad. Until then, Scully offers this advice for fellow students:
“Secure quality internship experience,” says Scully. “This will help you narrow down your interests as well as build your resume and network. Come senior year, start applying for jobs immediately and don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.”