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Brandon Ku

Online MAC accelerates career for accounting grad while helping him stay rooted

You’ve earned your bachelor’s degree, been offered a great job in New York City. But family circumstances mean you can’t take that job, at least not right now. What do you do?

That’s the question Brandon Ku faced. He had earned a B.S. in accounting from Brigham Young University in April 2015 and got a job offer from Big 4 accounting firm EY last summer.

But a family illness and a desire to enable his wife to finish her degree led Ku to put his job offer on hold so he could stay in Utah with his wife and sons.

But that didn’t mean putting his career on hold. Instead, he’s accelerating it by earning a master of accounting degree online. That will allow him to earn his CPA sooner and learn advanced skills that will help him advance faster at work.

Though living in Utah, he picked UNC’s online MAC program. It came recommended by a mentor at EY and will help him build an East Coast professional network to match his New York job offer.

“The MAC program been challenging,” he says. “And, I’ve been learning a lot. I’ll take more MBA classes than just the normal accounting electives. It’s also been cool to interact with the MBA students. They’ve got so much experience.”

The online format and UNC’s flexibility was key.

“These opportunities would not have been available to me elsewhere,” he says. “The reason I’m able to do this MAC is because of the (online) format it’s in. It’s really going to allow me to take care of my family.”

 

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