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Checking in with a Rice MAcc Student Three Years After Graduation

by Blakely Maynard & The MAcc Program Staff

Blakely Maynard, MACC Class of 2020

We recently caught up with Blakely Maynard, who earned her Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree from Rice in 2020. We asked her a few questions about her professional journey since she graduated from our program. Read what she told us below!

Tell us a little bit about your background and why you decided to pursue the MAcc. 

It was during high school that I was exposed to the accounting world. That early look began my interest in accounting. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I decided to enroll in the Rice MAcc program to achieve my short-term goals: earn an accounting master’s degree, get my CPA license, and launch my career by working at one of the “Big Four” public accounting firms. I knew I would be opening so many doors for my future career if I did that.   

What was your first job? 

My first job after graduation was as an auditor for PwC, a Big Four firm. I spent two years there, learning a lot and working hard. I got my CPA license during that time, too. So, I had accomplished my three short-term goals!

What's your current job? 

About a year ago, I decided I was ready for my next step, so I took a position at a firm called The Siegfried Group. I now do consulting work, but there’s still a lot of accounting involved. I am exposed to so many different industries, including oil and gas, health insurance, media production, and retail. This variety of industries means I am constantly learning. Each project is also unique, which makes each day interesting. I love client service work!

What personality characteristics make for an effective accounting professional? 

I think that being open-minded, outgoing, and constantly curious is critical. At my company, I move to a new project about every 9-12 months. I could be assigned to support a client with, for example, a carve-out transaction, even if I've never had specific experience with that type of transaction. So, in addition to mental agility, I need to quickly develop compelling relationships with each new client for the work to be successful. 

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What do you like most about what you do? 

The relationships aspect -- I thrive on meeting new people! I am constantly expanding my network and meeting new professionals. My company emphasizes the importance of developing relationships. They’ve made me realize just how important investing in relationships is in the business world.  

What are some noteworthy experiences you’ve had in your current job? 

My firm invests in their employees and provides resources to be a better professional and leader. Twice a year, we have a “MY Journey” conference. All the firm’s new hires are flown to Las Vegas to participate in person. I was able to meet the CEO there, along with other people from our offices. It was an amazing experience, and I can’t wait to go to another live, in-person MY Journey event.  

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