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Jamie Charest

Jamie Charest

MSA'16

"From this program, I have gained the skills necessary to excel in my lifelong career aspirations. I feel well prepared for the CPA exam and to begin my career in public accounting."


Q:What skills are you building in the D'Amore-McKim MSA program that you will use in your future career?

A:After completion of the MSA program, I will be joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Tax division. The program has sharpened my accounting skills and laid a great foundation for me to start my career in public accounting. It has also challenged me to hone my skills in areas such as public speaking and case reviews, ensuring that I have the expertise to approach situations from a unique perspective and clearly articulate my ideas. My work as a graduate research assistant has also taught me skills in time management and research methodologies.

Q:What would you say to a colleague considering enrolling in the MSA program?

A:This program really sets you apart from other graduate programs. Northeastern is a prestigious institution renowned for the high caliber of its students and its huge network of accounting firms and businesses, including the Big 4. If you’re looking to fulfill the 150 credit hour requirement for CPA licensure, this program allows you to do so in a short period of time. Many of the required courses relate directly to material on the CPA exam. The faculty is very supportive and willing to help you inside and outside the classroom. Everyone in the small, close-knit program comes from different backgrounds, which allows for a diverse classroom experience.

Q:Why did you choose the D'Amore-McKim MSA?

A:After looking at other accelerated programs, I found the D’Amore-McKim MSA program at Northeastern to be the best fit for me and my goals for graduate school. They offer a challenging curriculum and have high expectations for their students. I also attended their information sessions and spoke with faculty and former students about the program, and felt confident I was making the right decision.

Q:What has been your biggest take-away from earning your MSA at Northeastern so far?

A:From this program, I have gained the skills necessary to excel in my lifelong career aspirations. I feel well prepared for the CPA exam and to begin my career in public accounting. Even though the program is a short one, I feel like an integral part of the Northeastern community and network.

Q:Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

A:I hope to continue working in public accounting, working on clients in the healthcare market sector. I want to build my career as a Certified Public Accountant and learn more about the intricacies of business situations and the global economy.


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"I wanted the best tools at my disposal to provide me the greatest chance of success, and from my experience thus far, that is exactly what the D’Amore-McKim MSA program has given me."— Nick Chmielinski, MSA'16

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