MAcc Alumni Spotlight - Mickey Anderson
When arriving on campus for the first time, UND Alumnus Mickey Anderson, ‘19 (Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy) immediately felt at home. Originally from Sauk Rapids, MN, Anderson was looking to expand his horizons and thought UND would be a good place that wasn’t too far from home.
What he also found was a network of engaged alumni professionals to help him along the way while studying in the Nistler College of Business & Public Administration’s Department of Accountancy and Information Systems. “A lot of really bright people go into accounting,” says Anderson. “The professors really take the time to get to know you and want to help you succeed.”
Anderson came to UND as an undergraduate student in Accounting and then realized the advantage he would have to continue on and pursue his Master in Accountancy Degree for an extra year. “I knew by pursuing the MAcc it would help me stand out amongst my peers,” says Anderson. “It also provided me the opportunity to take different courses in business that I wouldn’t have otherwise had the opportunity to take through the MBA program, providing me with more general business knowledge and expanding my network.”
While at UND, Anderson was the beneficiary of numerous scholarships as well as the opportunity to work as a GTA in the Department of Accountancy and Information Systems as a MAcc student, which helped subsidize his tuition and earn a paycheck.
He was able to take advantage of numerous experiential learning opportunities to include networking events with firms, the annual department field trip, internship opportunities, and support services provided by the Pancratz Career Development Center. He was involved as a member of the Accounting Club as well as serving as the President of Beta Alpha Psi during his year as a graduate student.
After interning for PwC in the spring of 2018, Anderson was able to receive a full-time job offer, which he accepted and started following graduation in the spring of 2019. He currently works full-time at PwC as an Assurance Associate in the Minneapolis office.
When asked about his future advice to prospective students Anderson says, “Accounting is not the easiest degree to get, but you will have so many opportunities available for you after. I encourage everyone interested in pursuing an accounting degree to utilize your resources, and get involved. Everyone is so helpful and if you go the extra mile you will have so many opportunities available.”