Jenna Cox graduated from Isenberg’s MS in Accounting program in 2023. She is a state and local tax associate at PwC in its New York City Office.
Tell us about your career, and how you thought graduate studies might help.
In my role as a tax associate, I find myself relying on knowledge from my graduate studies every day. State and local taxes are not typically taught in an undergraduate environment, so having the ability to take a state and local tax class at Isenberg gave me a great base of knowledge.
How did you find out about Isenberg in the first place?
I found out about Isenberg when I was initially applying to an undergraduate program. I wanted to stay in the Northeast and came to Isenberg for its highly ranked programs and impressive facilities. Being at a huge university like UMass also provides an amazing alumni network, which was appealing to me when deciding on a school.
What did you hope your graduate degree would help you to accomplish?
I was hoping that my degree would help me in learning about more niche fields within accounting, and overall to learn material that would later help on the CPA exam.
How did Isenberg help with your career preparation and job search?
Isenberg career fairs always had an amazing turnout from top companies, which was helpful in building up my network and later receiving a job offer from PwC.
How has your Isenberg experience benefited you professionally?
My Isenberg experience has benefitted me endlessly both professionally and personally. The resources that we are presented with allow students to expand their knowledge and seamlessly transition into the professional world. From getting assistance in preparing your resume and cover letter to having mock interviews and various information sessions with companies, students are given tools that place them in positions to have successful careers. In terms of personal benefits, the network that consists of Isenberg faculty and students is a well-knit community of people who all help one another in finding success. Everyone is so helpful and kind, which benefits students both during their time at Isenberg and beyond.
What advice would you offer incoming Isenberg graduate students?
My two top tips would be to network and to utilize the resources that are provided to you! Isenberg provides all the tools necessary to build your own success, but they are only valuable if you use these to your advantage! Attend all the career fairs, make connections with those around you, and never be afraid to ask questions.
Where do you live now? Where are you from?
I am from Long Island, New York, and that is where I returned to post-graduation! I commute to work in PwC’s New York City office.