A student CFO
Ziying ‘Katrina’ Yao says her work with Loyola Limited helped develop her skills and made her stand out in the crowd. She offers these reflections on her academic and student organization experiences:
I am a 2015 alumni with a bachelor’s accounting degree. Currently, I am working as an Assurance Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). My first accounting class was with professor Kevin Lee, who helped me realize how fascinating accounting can be. Professor Lee helped me to develop a passion for accounting, which I eventually chose for my major. After declaring my major, I started to look into all of the various opportunities in the field. During my career search, I dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the search, but I also made good use of the many resources Loyola offers, such as Business Career Services, professors, and alumni.
I was eventually accepted into the Honor Program in PwC, a special program for accounting students, which helped me to make connections and get clearer picture of public accounting firms. Later, I became the Chief Financial Officer of Loyola Limited, which is a student-run business on campus. I would absolutely recommend this program to more students, it provides a very interesting and hands on experience for accounting students. It developed my professional, communication, and public speaking skills. I think my experience of being a CFO especially helped my resume stand out after graduation. All in all, my career path was a very challenging process, but I truly believe that diligence and commitment pay off, so don’t give up!
Ziying ‘Katrina’ Yao
Employer: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
Title: Assurance Associate
Grad Date: May 2015