Barbora Silovska began a fast-track CPA preparation in the Master of Accountancy (MACC) program at the Belk College of Business after working as a Senior Accountant at a local CPA firm for three years. As a result of on-campus recruiting within the MACC program, she was able to interview with three of the Big Four firms and secured her dream job as a Tax Associate at PwC. Barbora graduated in the spring of 2016.
What were some of the highlights from your program experience?
I was thrilled to participate in UNC Charlotte’s scholarship program, which enabled me to visit an accounting conference of my choice. Flying to Pittsburg, PA and networking with various accounting and tax professionals, while attending lectures on new issues and changes in the field of accountancy, was my professional dream come true. Another successful experience presented itself during the recruiting events. I had the opportunity to interview with many national and regional firms. As a result, I was able to choose from several different job offers in my field of study.
How has your degree helped you advance in your career?
My UNC Charlotte MACC degree has prepared me to take my accounting career to the next level after earning my CPA license. As a MACC student, I was able to land interviews with three of the Big Four accounting firms, two national firms and one regional. Such success was unimaginable when looking for a position with my Bachelor of Accountancy. As a result of on-campus recruiting, I secured my dream positon at PwC.
What lessons have you learned from your degree that you are able to apply on the job?
Besides the technicalities of how to account for certain transactions or which code section applies to a specific tax issue, I am forever grateful for the executive communication course. This course taught me the skills necessary to become a more polished employee, mentor, and service provider to my clients. I learned how to lead employees, manage corporate crises and add value to my daily client interaction.
What aspect of the Belk College best prepared you for your career?
The combination of demanding and relevant coursework, as well as ongoing access to the Belk College’s academic and alumni community greatly prepared me for my career. While attending UNC Charlotte, I managed to build a diverse network of outstanding professionals and faculty members. Furthermore, one of my primary ambitions in my career is to author tax articles. The other is to teach at a local college. The Belk College of Business has provided me with the resources to pursue both of those dreams.
What advice do you have for current Belk College students?
Find your strength and make it your passion. Write your resume with the help of a professional recruiter. Attend the career center’s mock interviews. Network with your classmates; they are the future bright stars in their particular fields. Be at your personal and professional best during the recruiting season!