Jessica Rodriguez began a job at PricewaterhouseCoopers in July 2015 after receiving her M.B.A.

by Michelle Consorte ’12

“Never stop trying, because there’s never any deadline when it comes to your goals.”—Jessica Rodriguez ’14, M.B.A. ’15

From wading through a long list of college majors to selecting employment at one of four major accounting firms, Jessica Rodriguez ’14, M.B.A. ’15, has learned the delicate art of making difficult choices.

“It was a really tough decision,” Rodriguez said of trying to choose between PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, KPMG LLP and Grant Thornton LLP. A fourth firm had wanted a second interview with her, but Rodriguez declined, as she felt the firm was not a good fit.

“What made it tougher was that all three firms called me the same exact day. I could tell the urgency that all three of them had,” Rodriguez said.

She initially interviewed with the firms through the accounting recruitment program sponsored by Adelphi University’s Center for Career Development. According to Rodriguez, who had participated in accounting recruitment in prior years, this year’s program was the most nerve-wracking due to the large number of full-time positions available.

But Rodriguez believes in preparedness, not nerves.

“The Career Center really prepared all of the accounting students. …Everything I obtained—these three offers—was through the Career Center,” Rodriguez said.

After creating a pros-and-cons list, Rodriguez chose the accounting firm that was “calling to her,” much in the same way that she chose to pursue Adelphi’s five-year combined B.B.A. and M.B.A. degree with a concentration in accounting.

“A good leader has to know how to make good decisions for himself and for the team,” she said of both experiences.

In this case, that calling came from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, where she began working at the beginning of July 2015.

“It was a tough decision, but I felt my main goal from the beginning, was PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP,” she said. “I loved the environment there: When you enter, you feel important, like you’re welcome there.”

When it comes to making difficult choices, Rodriguez encourages new graduates to “never stop trying, because there’s never any deadline when it comes to your goals”

This article appeared in the Career Compass Fall 2015 Newsletter.

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