Back in high school, I started a ten people student company under instruction of Junior Achievement. I had a great souvenir idea for school centenary. However, turning an idea into reality was full of obstacles. Product design, raising fund and promoting campaign all gave me first hand business experience and inspired me to pursue a business major. When it comes to university after I had learnt basic business theory, I ran a project to help the villagers to improve their income in Enactus. My team held agricultural fair that gave the villagers a platform to sell their product. The initial cost must be surpassed by the profit gained from these activities. I realized the importance of financial skills and was determined to become an accounting professional who have more resources to help people.
I set up my career goal in my sophomore year after we won in the Enactus World Cup China Division. My short-term career goal is to secure an entry-level audit position in a public accounting firm, ideally the big four accounting firm, and sit for the AICPA exam. Within five years, I would like to be promoted to a manager position. Within fifteen year or so, an executive position in a mid-to-large size company would be ideal for me. I may even start my own accounting firm. Hopefully, I can become the kind of person who has resources to really make a difference.
With this goal in my mind, I spared no effort to expose myself to accounting courses. In addition to the course required by my major, I audited the accounting major classes. I also read industry insight report from the big four accounting firm. In the second semester of sophomore, I taught myself and passed the exam for Certificate of Accounting Professional issued by Chinese bureau of finance. In junior year, I exchanged to San Diego State University. I intentionally chose accounting as my major and four accounting classes including two upper-level accounting courses with a mixed senior and graduate student. I wanted to participate in the master of accounting program classes and prepared myself for my future program.
In addition to the course work, I took every opportunity to sharpen my skills to better prepare me to become an accounting professional. I became a leader in the student union and played the main role to create a harmonious atmosphere in my department when my partner was hard on our teammate. I formed a study group with a few native students for Taxation of Business class at SDSU and helped them with my mathematic skills. Most of my group members improved their performance. I gained friendship through interaction with my classmate and I got an A in that class.
Outside classroom, I thrive to gain real world experience from accountant, auditor and tax agent positions. In 2013, I started a summer internship in a agricultural enterprise's financial department. As a total newbie, I tried to learn the principle of accounting as well as performing basic task. I watched teaching videos of UFIDA Software after work. By the end of July, I was familiar with making accounting statement using UFIDA Software and I closed the accounts of July.
In 2015, I interned in GP Certified Public Accountants. I went on a business trip to Hong Kong with my manager to audit the subsidiary company of Donlinks Grain & Oil. All the accounting statements are in English. This was a challenge for me to work in a different environment other than Mainland China. I worked overtime for two straight days before going to Hong Kong to sort out the income and cost of every ship the company was operating. In Hong Kong, I helped my manager to write the working paper and to perform other audit procedure, such as vouching and gaining external confirmation. My manager was satisfied with my work.
In order to achieve my career goal, I need an accounting degree that I wasn't able to obtain in undergraduate program. I also need a program that will help me to sit for the CPA exam. The MSA program is no doubt the most appropriate program for me.