A solid foundation

Spencer Robertson

Spencer RobertsonWhat did Spencer Robertson do with his summer? Worked with corporations and individuals to meet their tax filing deadlines and learned about the digital upscaling that PwC is undertaking in order to integrate innovative technology into the firm’s operations.

Before that, Robertson completed a rotational internship at Plante Moran where he explored the different service areas of the firm. His experience there helped solidify his desire to pursue public accounting for his career.

How did Robertson prepare himself to be the choice for two respected accounting firms? With hard work in his courses, advice from his faculty and participation in the Student Professional Readiness Series and the Business Externship Program.

“The SPuRS program has provided a solid foundation ever since my first year at WMU,” says Robertson. “The program introduces you to events that teach professional skills. It introduced me to mock interviews and resume critiques, which in turn helped me become more confident in attending career fairs. One particular SPuRS event that helped me reach my professional goals was the Business Externship Program. It allowed me to connect with professionals at different firms. What I learned during the externship program and the companies I was exposed to led to my internship applications.”

Robertson has had many valuable professional experiences at the Haworth College of Business, including his involvement in the National Association of Black Accountants and the Financial Services Club. Recently, he attended the 2019 NABA National Convention in Las Vegas, which he notes as the best professional experience of his academic career.

He was inspired by his father to pursue his career path. “My father has been in the accounting industry for more than 25 years and he always encouraged me to take a look at the field as I entered college.” And being a double major in accountancy and finance has been the perfect fit for Robertson’s career goals.