For Kyle McGillvray ’15, the relationships and communication skills gained through four years at Isenberg have proved just as valuable as his competitive education in accounting. When Kyle receives his B.B.A. in February of 2015, he will transition into Isenberg’s M.S. program in accounting while working as an auditor with the accounting firm Grant Thornton.
Kyle’s relationships with faculty, alumni, and his fellow students have “helped me to grow and mature. They will continue to aid in my development, both personally and professionally,” he emphasizes. Kyle sharpened his communication skills as a teaching assistant in Isenberg’s Dean’s Leadership Seminar for freshmen and in interviews with visiting recruiters from “some of the most prestigious companies on the planet.” And he further developed those skills as a tax-return consultant and preparer with Isenberg’s Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program. A partnership with the IRS, the program serves lower-income members of the local community and foreign faculty and students.
Last summer, Kyle was an Audit Intern for eight weeks in Grant Thornton’s Boston office, where he participated in three separate audit engagements. Rising to the firm’s challenges, he earned an offer for full-time employment after graduation. Kyle promises to bring his commitment to continuous improvement—nurtured at Isenberg—to his new employer: “By constantly improving myself, I will improve the firm and the profession as a whole,” he insists.