Hometown: Bettendorf, IA
I am currently a graduate student at Vanderbilt University and an intern with Ernst & Young in the Financial Services Assurance – Wealth and Asset Management group in NYC. Upon graduation this spring, I will return to New York to start a full time position with EY.
Prior to graduate school and EY, I had a few internships with different companies, most notably, John Deere and Crowe Horwath. I was a Resident Assistant and a member of Student Government during my time at PBA, and while those positions may not be considered “professional”, the experience gained was invaluable. But most importantly, I started a snow cone business (2 Bro’s Sno Cones) with my roommate, Adam Dickens, while at PBA. My brother, Parker Carroll, is the new face of 2 Bro’s. Hire him for your next event!
I wish I had known the importance of networking. Building your personal and professional network is important at every stage. Don’t burn bridges. The business community is smaller than you’d think, so make sure to always treat people with kindness and respect.
"PBA is a great stepping stone into the world of work."
PBA is a great stepping stone into the world of work. Besides the obvious education we receive, the small class sizes allow for personal relationships with professors that take an interest in your life and career. PBA also provided me with leadership opportunities, as an RA and in Student Government, which helped me to grow as an individual and as a professional.
Don’t take yourself too seriously. Life, school, business, work etc. should be fun, so enjoy it. There will be days when you won’t feel very passionate about your current job or career, but God has placed you in a specific role, at a specific time for a reason. So if you can’t get excited about the work, get excited about the opportunity to impact those around you. Finally, get out of your comfort zone. God will open="open" doors, but he won’t force you through them. Some of my best decisions over the past five years have also been some of the scariest.
While I haven’t really had a formal mentor relationship, I’ve been lucky to have parents and professors give me advice throughout the years. Both of my parents have business degrees, and they have been a great resource for me to rely on. Also, the accounting department at PBA was great during my time at PBA. Professors Tillett, Alvarado, and Turner were especially helpful in giving me advice and in helping me find different experiences to further my education and future career.
Spotlight posted in March 2018. For current updates from Spencer, visit his LinkedIn page.