Where is he now?
Currently employed by PricewaterhouseCoppers, Andrew is planning to sit for all four parts of the CPA exam soon. In May 2015, he will complete the final year of his ROTC training and plans to be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.
How has your UD education set you apart?
Andrew says that while at UD, he learned to read and write at a high level, a skill which sets him apart from many of his peers. “The fact that I can look at a problem, analyze my findings, and communicate them clearly has been absolutely invaluable,” he said.
How did your experience at UD prepare you for the future?
Being involved with a variety of campus organizations was also an important factor in his success at UD and has helped in in his career. “By being involved with a lots of different groups—athletics, the UD Investing Club, the Alexander Hamilton Society, and ROTC, I learned to communicate with many different types of people,” he said. “That skill has helped me communicate effectively with my supervisors and coworkers in my professional roles.”
Andrew also credits UD with helping him to strengthen his Catholic faith. “UD instills Catholic values and virtues and teaches you to cherish the things that really matter,” he said. “That gives you something to hold on to once you leave.”
Joe Blute, a 2012 graduate of the University of Dallas with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, credits the University of Dallas’ Office of Personal Career Development with helping him build the relationships necessary to secure a permanent position after graduation. “Working with the OPCD helped me get the internship which led to my career with GE Capital,” said Blute, who is now part of GE Capital’s highly- selective leadership training cohort, Financial Management Program. As part of this program, Joe has rotated through several positions around the country, learning the ins-and-outs of the company’s internal operations. Blute says that his Chemistry degree from UD, though not typical for a finance professional, helped him develop the critical and analytical mindset that has helped in excel in the business world. “I honed leadership skills at UD as well,” Blute said. “I mentored younger students while I was in the Chemistry department, a practice which I have carried on by mentoring the newer analysts at GE Capital.”
For more information about career choices, visit the University of Dallas Office of Personal Career Development.
Mary McKenzie, a 2014 graduate of the University of Dallas, says that getting involved with a variety of activities during her time at the UD helped her gain the experience that led to her permanent position as the Internship Program Coordinator at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. While at UD McKenzie worked as the Director in Charge of Student Programming. She says that potential employers looked favorably on her ability to hold leadership positions while maintaining a full academic load. “And I didn’t do just one internship,” McKenzie said. “I did several. I gained on-the-job, down to earth experience that helped me get a position right after graduation.” She says that these internships, along with her volunteer positions, gave her a wealth of experiences and situations upon which to draw when talking to an employer or in an interview situation.
For More information of the value of internships, visit the University of Dallas’ Office of Personal Career Development.