Utah Valley University
As a high school student, I often wondered where I should go to college and what career to choose. I came to the conclusion after much thought that accounting would be a great field for me. My dad told me he didn’t think accounting was right because I was too social. That fall, I began college as a biology major at the University of Utah. Later, I switched my major to communications.
In 2002 I earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations. At the time I was already working for a company called Ceridian. A few months later I was promoted to project manager, a role I really enjoyed for four years.
When I was pregnant with my third child, I decided to quit my job and become a full-time mom. As my children grew older, the desire to go back to school and realize my first dream of becoming an accountant grew strong. Last year, I made that dream a reality and enrolled at UVU to earn a degree in accounting. Once I graduate with my degree in the spring, I plan to earn my MAcc.
After graduating from the Utah Fire Academy and working briefly as a Firefighter/EMT, I went to Southern Utah University for a bachelor’s degree. I became enthusiastic about business and the economy after taking an economics course and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics.
Upon graduation, I went to work for Fidelity Investments where I held roles such as equity & options trader, retirement/pension plan consultant, dispute resolution specialist, compliance associate and eventually senior manager.
When Fidelity laid me off amid the COVID-19 chaos, I decided to pivot my career path and move from the financial services industry to the accounting/consulting industry where I hope to leverage all my previous business experience and skills.
I began this journey at Utah Valley University this summer with undergraduate prerequisites for a Master of Accountancy and will continue through this academic year.
Southern Utah University
Emily Pearson is from Cedar City, Utah, and decided to stay there to attend Southern Utah University. She loves this school and is finishing her Senior year. Afterward, she plans on staying at SUU to get her MACC and work on passing the CPA exams. Emily is a TA for a professor this semester and works as a Regional Controller's Assistant at the Leavitt Group. She is grateful for the experiences she has had at these jobs. She loves hiking, boating, running, and recently ran a half-marathon.