MAcc Bobcat Q&A: Jack Nece
Monday, December 10 2018 03:00pm
Accounting graduate program provides Jack Nece with countless opportunities
By Quintin Lash
Name: Jack Nece
Program: Ohio University's Full-Time Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
Undergraduate Institution/Degree: Ohio University, Accounting
Why did you choose Ohio University's Full-Time MAcc program?
I chose the MAcc program because I believe I will benefit from it more than if I was to have pursued 150 credit hours solely in undergrad. Also, I know it will differentiate me from others in the workforce.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I am looking forward to learning about the "whys" of accounting. In undergrad, I feel OU educated us very well into the "hows" of accounting, but not necessarily the "whys". Hopefully by the end of the program, I will have a more rounded knowledge of accounting.
What has been your favorite class and why?
So far, my favorite class has been ACCT 6250, which is Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination. It is a completely new topic that was not heavily covered in undergrad. Also, the projects done in the class using real world data and information make the class not seem like a course. The work feels like something I will be doing in the industry in the coming years. Also, Dr. Stevens is an excellent and accommodating professor. Her experience in the field translates very well to her teaching material and style.
What has been the most difficult part of your transition into graduate school?
For me, the almost lack of a schedule comparatively to undergrad has been a difficulty I did not expect. In our program, each class only meets once per week. With that in mind, it is upon us, the students, to apply ourselves and generate a personal schedule to get all of the material done on time and learn the material in a way from which we benefit the most. However, the lecturing style being more discussion-based instead of lecture-based is an added benefit I did not expect either.
What would you tell someone considering Ohio University's Full-Time MAcc program?
I would highly recommend it. As an industry, more and more accounting students are graduating with a graduate level degree. It is important to stay competitive with students graduating from other schools. In terms of academics, it is an obvious decision. There is no better way to get the 150 credit hour requirement to be CPA eligible. You will learn so much more taking beneficial classes instead of generic filler classes.
What are your career goals? How did you figure out what you wanted to do?
First, I will be working in Core Assurance with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Cleveland starting next September. That is what I have set in stone. I would love to work my way through promotions within the firm. Other than that, I am open to a variety of ideas. I chose to study accounting with the idea that if I ever decided to start a business, I will have the bookkeeping knowledge to run an operation. I have also highly considered attending a PhD program to become an accounting professor. Finally, I have considered a career with the FBI or IRS because investigative accounting has been very interesting, and I feel it would make for a great career.
Where is your favorite place to hangout on campus/in Athens?
I have my dog, Frank, on campus, so one of my favorite things to do is to take him on walks around Court Street. In terms of social things, I really like hanging out at Jackie O's with friends, golfing at the OU golf course, and running on the Hocking River bike path.
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