For many college seniors, the final semester before graduation is filled with anxiety about an uncertain future. Accounting
major Mallory Mulligan, however, breathed a little easier knowing she had a plan in place. In December 2013, a full six months before graduating, she was offered a summer accounting position with Ernst & Young in Boston. In February 2014, she was accepted to graduate school.
“I am so excited,” says Mulligan. “It feels really good knowing what I’ll be doing next. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders.”
Mulligan credits the work experience she got during her two co-op jobs and through her part-time work as the accounting assistant in the Career Services & Cooperative Education Center
with helping her land the highly competitive position at Ernst & Young. One of the first Manning School of Business
students to participate in the professional co-op program
, Mulligan had accounting jobs at John Hancock Life Insurance in Boston and at Welch Welding and Trucking in North Chelmsford. After the co-op job with Welch ended, the company asked her to stay on part time.
“The jobs have given me great experience. I've gotten a view of the entire accounting process,” Mulligan says. “I've interviewed a ton and each time you get better at it. That builds confidence.”
An accomplished multitasker, Mulligan has put herself through college while routinely working 30 hours a week at her two jobs. She consistently earned a spot on the Dean’s List while participating in the Career Services and Co-op Advisory Board, the Accounting Society
and in Omnicron Delta Kappa
, the national college leadership honor society, for which she served as treasurer of the campus branch. She also holds a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, an activity that provides a great relief from stress, she says.
Mulligan decided to become an accountant after taking an accounting class at Nashua High School South. A self-described “Type A” personality, the profession’s requisite orderliness and attention to detail appealed to her. UMass Lowell’s accounting program is demanding, she says, but she feels well prepared for the job market. With a goal of becoming a certified public account, she began working on her master’s degree in accounting at Babson College while working full-time.