Student name: Adeyemi ashiru
Business School: NYU Stern School of Business
Describe yourself in 15 words: I am a hard working extrovert introvert and have lived in three countries on two continents.
Graduation class of master’s degree: 2020.
Undergraduate and major school: University of Cape Town, Finance and Accounting.
Current employer and job title: Mazars USA, Audit Associate.
Describe your greatest career achievement to date: I would say my biggest achievement in my career so far would be to pass my CPA regulatory exam and CFA level 1 exam.
Describe your greatest achievement as a graduate student: My greatest accomplishments as a graduate student have been being able to effectively balance my responsibilities as a cohort leader and graduate ambassador, and to graduate after switching to distance learning due to the COVID-pandemic. 19.
What was the key factor that led you to choose this business school and why was it so important to you? NYU Stern is without a doubt one of the best schools in the country. Having emigrated to the United States eight months before the start of my program, Stern’s international students made it easy for me to adapt by providing broader perspectives and a diverse learning environment. Being in the financial capital of the world has made it easier for professors to bring concepts to life and there is also the benefit of living in New York City.
What made you choose a master’s degree in accounting over an MBA? Having majored in finance and accounting for my undergraduate degree, a master’s degree in accounting seemed like the next logical step in my career. My family and I moved to the United States after I had just completed a graduate degree in accounting. The master’s degree in accounting gave me the opportunity to further improve my knowledge in accounting and business, in addition to building on the basic knowledge needed to obtain my CPA qualification.
What has been your favorite course and how has it helped you in your career? NYU Stern’s Masters of Accounting is filled with innovative courses that prove useful in various aspects of business. I have to say my favorite course was Financial Statement Modeling. We were able to learn how to apply data in a variety of ways using Excel, while also providing new ways to view and create financial statement projections. It has proven to be very helpful and time saving in my career so far.
What role did your school play in helping you land your first job outside of the program? NYU Stern played a huge role in helping me land my first job outside of the program. Many personalized resources were made available to students through the Wasserman Center for Career Development, in addition to the networking events and career fairs the students had the opportunity to attend. The MSA program also prepares students for the recruitment process by offering a compulsory Financial Statement Analysis course during the first month or so of the fall semester. This course aims to ensure that all MSA students have the proper accounting and financial knowledge to be well prepared and succeed during the fall recruiting season.
How did your classmates value your business school experience? My classmates inspired me during my time at Stern. It was amazing to be able to learn with and with such an amazing and diverse group of people. Being able to bounce the ideas of these great minds has provided me with new ways of thinking and reinforced my desire to continually improve myself.
Who was your favorite teacher and how did this person enrich your learning? NYU Stern is full of amazing faculty and staff, each ready to provide advice whenever called upon. I really appreciated the teacher Mark Brennan’s approach to our professional liability course. He always started the conference by browsing recent news articles related to topics covered during the semester. This approach has made it possible to bring theoretical concepts to life in professional and personal contexts.
What is your best advice to a candidate wishing to enter your school’s master’s program? The best advice I would give to a candidate hoping to enter NYU Stern is to be willing to try new things, always give 100% in everything they do, and never be afraid to ask questions.
What was your best memory from your master’s program? My time at Stern has been filled with so many amazing memories, from cohort social events to the lighting of the Bryant Park Christmas tree. My favorite memory would probably be the presentation we received from members of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB). This presentation gave us a good overview of what to expect and how to deal with the pressures of the professional world, in addition to giving us the opportunity to ask the relevant questions we had about the profession and the organization to the members present. .