In all seriousness on this one though; this has to be one of my greatest networking events that I’ve been to so far this year. It’s only been a couple of weeks into my freshmen year at the UW and before I know it, I am off on an all-expense paid trip to San Francisco for the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Student Conference. I got this opportunity because I made a good enough impression on Ernst & Young exec’s during the YEOC alumni student panel at the September Young Executives of Color Orientation.
During the NABA Conference, I learned SOOOOO many things about myself and the others around me in just three days. The one thing that sticks out and I can’t get rid of: “You’re always on.” From the moment you walk in, someone is watching you. So you always have to mind your p’s and q’s – from how you act, to what you’re wearing and your appearance. This is all taken into account. I interviewed with a lot of people and met other students who were in the same place as me [4 freshmen out of roughly 100 college students]. I learned from others who have already been in my shoes and received great advice. I loved talking to people who were already in the workplace, ready to impart tons of knowledge on to young students like myself. Overall, it’s an experience I won’t forget.
-Jordan Dacres, YEOC Alumnus (Freshman, Pre-Business)