Magazine article Strategic Finance

Transition to Professional

Magazine article Strategic Finance

Transition to Professional

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My IMA[R] experience began in 2006 while I was a student at the University of Southern Indiana (USI). The University had an active IMA student chapter, and my professors highly encouraged me to get involved to develop my teamwork, time management, and leadership skills. During my time at USI, I was fortunate to be elected a student officer and held various positions within the chapter. I helped plan and execute our student meetings by securing professional speakers and coordinated community service activities. By immersing myself within the student chapter, I had the opportunity to learn and grow in a diverse setting and prepare for the "real world."

The student chapter also provided me with multiple chances to attend IMA's Annual Student Leadership Conference (SLC), where I explored career options first-hand while networking with experienced professionals and interacted with students who shared my interests. This also helped me develop new friendships.

In 2007 and 2008, I participated on USI's IMA Student Case Competition team. In 2007, we earned the status of "Final Four" and went on to host a session at IMA's SLC to share best practices regarding the competition. In 2008, we won first place. Through these experiences I learned invaluable life skills that I couldn't have experienced with-out getting involved.

While still a student at USI, I also served simultaneously as a liaison between USI accounting students and local professionals when I was a student representative board member of IMA's Evansville Chapter. In that role, I helped plan and execute networking and social events for students, young professionals, and regular IMA members. …

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