Kaitlin Karcher, a junior from Houston, Texas, came to TU as an undecided business major. “I thought I wanted to do finance, then I took Accounting II with Professor Tracy Manly, who debunked many of the misconceptions about accounting — that it’s boring and that you sit in front of a computer all day. I learned that you get to work with people on a daily basis and that it really is a very interesting major.”
Karcher secured an internship last spring with public accounting firm Grant Thornton, where she had the opportunity to work with companies ranging from large oil and gas firms based in Tulsa to small manufacturing companies in Texas. TU offers a compressed spring semester for students who want to take advantage of accounting internships during the industry’s busiest season. Students complete their internships during the first half of the semester, and finish spring classes on an accelerated schedule. “I got to truly see what accountants do in the thick of things,” said Karcher.
This summer, Karcher will gain experience in a corporate environment as she interns at Tulsa-based Bank of Oklahoma. She’ll return to Grant Thornton during the summer of 2018 for another internship, and already has a job offer with the firm starting in the fall of 2019.
Karcher maintains a full calendar outside the classroom with involvement in several student organizations and activities. She has served as president of the Future Alumni Council, is a member of the Spirit Squad and University Ambassadors, and serves as the recruitment chair for her sorority. Karcher also participates in Beta Alpha Psi, a professional organization for accounting majors. “Beta Alpha Psi holds monthly meetings and hosts different speakers who talk about internships, jobs and different career options for accountants. It’s a great organization to join because of the networking opportunities,” she said.
She believes that TU’s Collins College of Business stands apart from business schools at other universities. “Not only are you getting a top-of-the-line education, but TU also gives you the opportunity to be extremely well rounded,” Karcher explains. “I came to TU as a very quiet person, a little meek, and not sure of myself. But TU gave me an opportunity to be a leader and to enhance my communication and delegation skills. Because of TU, I feel confident that I will be successful in the real world.”
With an increasingly global economy, greater scrutiny of financial data and an expected gap in the workforce due to retiring baby boomers, demand for accountants is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts employment of accountants and auditors to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. TU’s accounting curriculum keeps pace with changes in the accounting industry, preparing students to excel in accounting roles for a wide range of organizations, from public accounting firms to government agencies. For more information about majoring in accounting, click here.