Graduate Spotlight – Julia Fuerst
Julia Fuerst is a graduate of the 2013-14 cohort of the MPPA program at Ohio Northern University. After graduation, Julia began work as a core assurance associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). In this role, she completes external audit work for a client in Findlay, Ohio, providing assurance as to the reliability of the client’s financial representations.
When asked how the MPPA program helped her to be successful in the workplace, Julia replied, “Much of the work in the MPPA program is done in groups, and at PwC nearly all of our work is collaborative.” She also expressed that the group work in the MPPA program helped to build her communication and collaboration skills. Additionally, she stated, “I think the program helped with my growth, especially becoming more confident in my abilities and my understanding of my field. And that I think has more to do with the professors than the work, though the work is important, but the professors are the ones who help you and encourage you to do better even when you think you’re doing your best.”
Julia expects the MPPA program to help further her career by providing the necessary hours to sit for the CPA exam. “More importantly, it helps with differentiating yourself from other candidates because you’ve put in that extra time and effort to achieve it,” she says. She is well on her way to a successful career in accounting. She has passed the auditing section of the CPA exam and has begun studying for another section.