How I Chose My Career in Accounting #MyCareerStoryMonday

Name: Paige Devlin

Class Year: 2018

Major: Accounting

Position: Assurance Associate

Company: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

I started thinking about my accounting career when I was in high school. Since my junior year of high school, I have been working at Bristol County Savings Bank as a Teller. In college, I have worked as a Program Manager for the BSLCE and a Tutor for UAS Peer Tutoring. I interned at Citizens Bank in the Information Technology Planning and Budgeting Department for two summers and PwC as an Assurance Intern in Technology for one summer. In fall 2019, I will start full-time as Assurance Associate at PwC.

I became interested in accounting when I took an accounting class in high school. I had an amazing teacher who truly helped me understand and love the subject. This teacher taught me all about what kind of opportunities accounting had and suggested I should continue with accounting since I was doing so well.

I find the most rewarding aspect of my position is the fast-paced and technology-filled environment. These are my favorite parts of this career field.

I find the most challenging aspect of my position is managing all the different clients’ needs and personalities.

The most helpful advice I have for someone preparing for this career is to take advantage of everything Bentley has to offer. Interact with all of the firms and see what you like/dislike about them and the accounting career.

The Bentley specific resources I would recommend to someone pursuing this career are utilizing the Bentley’s professors and all they have to offer. Every single accounting professor I had at Bentley had real world experience in the accounting field. All of them have a story and have seen different parts of the accounting industry. Use them to your advantage! Talk to them to figure out if you would be interested in what they do or to have them help you plan out your career path. I can proudly say that all of the accounting professors helped me figure out my career path in one way or another.

The person that was most helpful in getting me where I am today was Professor Szymanski. My freshman year, Professor Szymanski was my adviser. Freshman year is hard in terms of figuring out what to get involved in and how to plan out your career at Bentley. He suggested that I join Colleges Against Cancer which became a huge part of my time at Bentley and he helped me plan out all my classes for the four years.

Be sure to connect with Paige on LinkedIn if you want to learn more from her about accounting, PwC, or more!

By Rachel Linehan
Rachel Linehan CareerEdge Manager Rachel Linehan