Setting up a successful career as a CPA

August 17, 2020

Scholarship support and internship experience prepared College of Business student Erick Raupp for his future career in accounting.

Being prepared for his future career was at the forefront of College of Business student Erick Raupp’s mind even when deciding where to enroll for college. “I chose to attend UM-Dearborn because of their emphasis on internships and the countless networking opportunities that they provide to their students,” he says. He commends the university’s dedication to student success and remembers that the importance of internship experience was instilled in students as early as freshmen Open House. 

“Having multiple local companies offer employment opportunities through our university is a great advantage to students and provides career flexibility for when we finish our degrees,” he says. He can attest to the value of internship experience; he has worked as a Finance Intern for Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, an automotive supplier located in Plymouth, Michigan, for over a year and a half. 

It didn’t take long for Raupp to find his place in the College of Business and choose an Accounting and Finance double major. “Accounting offers a structured method of completing tasks and that is something that I have always preferred. Finance, on the other hand, piqued my interest because it is very numbers-oriented and you need to be able to pick up on trends and decipher the meaning of different ratios. Since these subjects are complementary to each other, I have been able to improve my knowledge on both topics and view them from a different perspective,” he explains.

Raupp recognizes the significant role that the College of Business has played in developing his understanding of the business world and encouraging his interests. “All of my professors have helped further my business knowledge in one way or another and I am very grateful for each of them sharing their experiences from their respective fields,” he says.

Donor support has had a major impact on Raupp, who received the Kevin H. McKervey Memorial Scholarship and the College of Business Endowed Scholarship. “Being selected for these scholarships resulted in a great financial weight being lifted off my shoulders for the 2019-20 school year. As a recipient of these scholarships, I was able to take 31 credits between the Fall and Winter semesters. This ultimately allowed me to move my graduation up one semester and I am forever grateful for that,” he says.

He considers Assistant Professor of Accounting Cynthia Jin to be “the greatest influence on my studies,” in part because she “further cemented my passion” for Accounting. “She often taught us to look at the ‘why?’ while evaluating different scenarios. Why does this policy exist? Why do we have certain standards in the Accounting industry? Dr. Jin truly enforced how important it was to have a questioning mindset, something that is imperative for success in Accounting,” he says.

He also notes the “lasting impact” of his Business Administration 300: Career Planning & Development course. “I found it to be one of the most valuable classes that I have taken at UM-Dearborn. This course stressed how vital creating a professional presence, both online and in person, can be when interviewing for positions.”

His experiences at UM-Dearborn have set him up for success and prepared him for his future career plans. He hopes to continue working at Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies after he graduates. “Once I have settled into professional life, I would like to pursue a master’s in Accounting and become a CPA,” he says.

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