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Megan Maassen

Megan Maassen, CPA

Federal Tax Associate, KPMG, Minneapolis

Hometown: Brandon, SD
Graduation, 2011
Degree/Major:  Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Accounting;
Master of Professional Accountancy (M.P.A.)

Professional Profile:
I began working at KPMG in Minneapolis right after graduating. 

EideBailly in Sioux Falls, SD.  The internship allowed me to try both audit and tax.  Exposure to both areas of accounting was a valuable experience because it allowed me to discover which area of accounting to move towards in my career search.   

How Did Beacom Prepare Me For Success?

Beacom hires professors who have had experience working in the fields they teach, and therefore know what material is the most important to focus on and emphasize.  This helps to best prepare their students for successful careers. What I learned in the accounting program at USD put me ahead of some other new hires at my firm.  During the Master's in Professional Accountancy program, we covered material that many of my fellow new hires did not during their schooling. 

Other Comments?

The professors take the time to get to know their students and help them in achieving their goals. My professors knew each student by name, and were constantly helping us network with accounting firms and other professionals.  Many accounting firms come to campus to recruit students, because they know that USD properly prepares their students to be successful and efficient in the workplace.  

Advice to Prospective Students Considering Beacom?

Networking and being active on campus are the most important things students should take advantage of while in school. I began interviewing with firms that came to campus as a sophomore. This allowed me to get my foot in the door, and also gain experience interviewing. Being active on campus is also important. Throughout college I was active in Student Government Association and Beta Alpha Psi.  Being involved in both groups allowed me to strengthen my organization, communication, and networking skills. Employers who are interviewing multiple students for the same position often note which students have the strongest communication skills, and seem the most comfortable. By interacting with large groups of students, I learned how to communicate openly, efficiently, and effectively, and I feel that it helped me get my job.

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