Advice for a mediocre student

By | February 11, 2018

I’m a recent accounting graduate from a school in Philadelphia that isn’t UPenn.  Currently working as a tax prep at a retail location,  as it was the only option I had immediately post-grad that would allow me to continue pursuing my CPA.  Given my substandard grades (3.0 major, 2.7 cumulative), jumping immediately into Big4 is an impossibility, and I’m thinking it will be tough to get a job in public at all.  In an ideal world, I’d be want to work in either forensic auditing or in a client advocacy-focused service line, like tax, or ideally, consulting.

The best points on my resume are my successes at a couple Big4-sponsored case competitions that I participated during my studies.

What sorts of steps should I be taking in order to move myself towards my career goals?

Author: JDW

Current student and soon-to-be graduate in accounting from the Fox School of Business at Temple University. My previous jobs have been in customer service, including retail and casino positions. Additionally, I have worked in light manufacturing. During my time at Temple, I have achieved success in accounting-related case competitions. I participated on the team that took first place in the Temple PwC Challenge for 2015 and led the team that took second in the EY AIT Challenge in 2016.