Career Series No. 14- Budget Analyst
What did you want to be when you were growing up and why?
The first thing I ever remember wanting to be is the first Women President of the US (1st grade. I just remember reading a book about it, and telling my mom that’s what I want to do. Then I wanted to be a speed skater like Bonnie Blair (Winter Olympics were on that year!) Later in Middle School, I wanted to be a Marine Biologist because I learned about Sea Otters in 4th grade and became obsessed with them.
Finally, as a freshman in High School, I realized I wanted to work in business. I was the head of a team project in a keyboarding class I was taking, and a ‘gut feeling’ came over me. I knew I wanted to pursue business. When I first started college, I wanted to be either a Sports Manager, or own/run a Bed & Breakfast (like Lorelai Gilmore- Gilmore Girls).
What’s your current job?
I am currently a Budget Analyst at a small private 4 year college in the Northeast.
After graduating with my undergrad degree in Business Administration, I worked in county government for 5 1/2 years in accounting. Accounting wasn’t something I ever pictured myself doing, and I realized a few years into that position that it definitely wasn’t something I wanted to do for the rest of my life.
What does a typical day at work look like for you?
I work with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets along with various financial systems to gather data for departments to determine spending patterns. I also assist departments with Budget Development.
What do you love most about it?
The energy and positive nature of being on a college campus!
What do you hate most about it?
Sometimes it’s very repetitive/tedious work, sitting and starring at a computer all day.
What strengths do you think are necessary for someone to be successful at this job?
What’s the best piece of advice you can give someone who’s looking to pursue this as a career?
Do not give up if you really want to work in a Higher Education environment. It took me 2 years and over a dozen interviews to get a job offer. It can be very difficult to break into this field if you don’t start in that area directly out of college, but by focusing on the skills I had (business), I was able to get my foot in the door.
Sarah’s currently blogging over at www.sarahchasinglife.com and you can also follower her on FB.
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