Madison (Madi) Giles, senior accounting, business administration and Applied Critical Thought and Inquiry (ACT-In) major, with a minor in communication shared her career and life plans after she graduates in May. Last summer Madi interned for a regional accounting firm known as Baird, Kurtz & Dobson (BKD). Madi shares what influenced her to become an accountant.
“When I first came to William Jewell I was a business major, I had happened upon business because I knew I did not want to go into any of the other fields. My dad had said to me when I had entered my first semester what about accounting. I was weary of accounting but I knew I needed to take a financial accounting class for my major. Once in the class I realized how I enjoyed learning about accounting and how there was always an answer,” Madi said.
Madi excelled in her classes and her outstanding GPA helped her earn recognition on Jewell’s Mortar Board, which is a national honor society that recognizes seniors for leadership, scholarship and service and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community. Madi is also involved in William Jewell Softball, Delta Zeta sorority, and the Delta Mu Delta Order of Omega.
These many accomplishments at her time here at Jewell caught the eye of recruiters at BKD who offered Madi a job upon graduation. She explained her choice to accept BKD’s job offer, and the plans that she has for her future.
“After graduation I will start studying for and taking all four of the CPA [certified public accountant] tests over the summer. My goal is take all CPA tests during the summer and pass as many as possible. After summer I will start working at BKD, LLP, Kansas City office as an auditor. I am extremely excited to start working at BKD in October but overall accounting could be something I do not do for my entire career. I am very interested in the financial services sector of auditing. No matter in ten years if I am living in Kansas City or if I am in accounting I do know I want to volunteer for a non-profit which assists in helping people who are hearing impaired,” she said.
Photo courtesy of Madi Giles.