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Berkeley College Alumna Climbs the Ladder of Success in Accounting Industry

As the summer of 2013 drew to a close, Stephanie Martinez was the envy of her peers. She had two job offers – an assurance associate position at the prestigious Pricewaterhouse Coopers and a management accounting position with Schlumberger, a leading supplier in the global oil and gas industry.

“These were two very competitive offers and it was hard to decide,” said Ms. Martinez, who graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2011 and received a Master’s degree in Public Accounting from Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY, in 2013.

Ms. Martinez, who is a native of the Dominican Republic and speaks Spanish fluently, chose to work for Schlumberger where she serves in a management accounting position for the Drilling, Tools, and Remedial segment of the company’s operations in Latin America.

Ms. Martinez said Career Services and the accounting faculty at Berkeley College were instrumental in setting her up for success in her career.

“Students who utilize the resources available to them at Berkeley College can succeed at whatever they choose,” Ms. Martinez said. “Berkeley College really opened the doors to my career path.”

The Berkeley College Office of Career Services placed her in three internships while she pursued her degree. Those positions provided her with valuable hands-on experience in a variety of accounting roles, including accounts payable and receivable, group pensions and retirement accounts, and sales and profit forecasting. Her final internship at Majestic Kitchens in Mamaroneck, NY, led to a full-time position following graduation. A year later, her career counselor at Berkeley College referred Ms. Martinez to Wilder Balter Partners, Inc., in Elmsford, NY, where she interviewed for a position as a Development Accounting Assistant. She was hired on the spot.

“This job involved more complex transactions and I was seeing things on the tax side as well,” Ms. Martinez said. “It was a great position that offered tuition reimbursement so I could pursue my graduate degree.”

Being a Berkeley College alumna gave her a competitive edge while pursuing her Master’s degree.

“A lot of the graduate accounting classes required research and project analysis as well as presentations. Those also were requirements in many of my accounting courses at Berkeley College, so I was well prepared,” said Ms. Martinez, who was among the top six scholars in her graduate program chosen to interview at Pricewaterhouse Coopers and one of the top two to be offered a position at the company.

Mastering the art of presentations while at Berkeley College also set her up for success in her current position with Schlumberger

“At least 60 percent of the work that I do in my current position involves presentations,” Ms. Martinez said.