We asked William some questions, advice for current students, and how UNT helped him to succeed and SOAR BEYOND!
When you started at UNT, what were your plans after graduation? How have these plans changed? When I started I wanted to be in banking management because I was working at Wells Fargo as a personal banker at the time. However, I wanted to try and reach the goal as an accounting manager to use my accounting background I received as an undergrad at Lamar University. I had a wonderful experience as a personal banker but I decided to look at accounting more because the market was so strong here in the DFW area. I’ve been in accounting now for 13 years and am really looking into Academia now.
What advice do you have for prospective or current students as they decide what they want their next steps to be? I would say definitely start looking at what your school has to offer and especially your major’s department. I found out about most of my scholarship opportunities in this way. The bonus of that is you also network while doing this because usually the scholarship or grant sponsors are business owners/non-profit directors or have offices in the area. So while you are working for the now you can take steps to help your future.
How did your program at UNT help you to feel prepared for this role? My MBA career was very helpful in my current and prospective roles. It forced me to get through issues with all levels of career-driven people as well as students that haven’t started working. This provided an incubator to help me advance my communication skills and management skills.
How did you find your current role? I found my current role right here at a Career Center event 14 years ago. I met representatives for my current role at UNT’s Career Fair. The Career Center put on a great fair and it worked for me!
What was the toughest interview question they asked you? The toughest part of my interview process was the group interview. But as I stated earlier, my MBA program helped me identify and communicate with multiple levels of experience.
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