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Josh Olowookere, WVU College of Business and Economics Accounting major

Josh Olowookere

Destination: Big Four accounting firm

July 31, 2017

B&E standout and senior accounting student Josh Olowookere is driven to hit the ground running when he graduates from the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics in May 2018. He is a native of a metropolitan setting and sees himself returning to that environment upon graduation. But when he hits the bricks in a metro area this time, he will have a degree from B&E’s renowned accounting program and substantial real life experience. And Olowookere knows where he wants to go: one of the world’s Big Four accounting firms.

 

Q: Where are you from originally? Tell us a little about your home area.
A: I am from Woodbridge, New Jersey. It’s a culturally diverse township within a 30-mile radius of New York City and the Atlantic Ocean. My area is so beneficial because I’m less than an hour away from more than 10 state parks, seven malls, the city and the Jersey shore.

Q: What attracted you to WVU and B&E? What attracted you to accounting?
A: I knew for a fact that I wanted to attend a school outside of New Jersey, but I wasn’t sure where. WVU became a premier choice in schools for me because of the gracious financial aid given to me and because of WVU’s reputation for having great football and basketball teams. To answer the second question, accounting was not my first choice in a major prior to coming to WVU. In my senior year of high school, I strongly considered taking up architecture, civil engineering, computer science and statistics. I decided to go into accounting after taking a course in high school and was interested in learning more about the language of business.

Q: You are interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers this summer, known globally for being one of the Big Four accounting firms. What opportunities have you had that have really made you happy you did this internship?
A: One of the greatest takeaways from this internship is the relationship building. I have met with plenty of associates, managers, seniors and a couple partners that have high spirits inside and outside of work. During my internship, I was selected as one of PwC’s Enrichment Experience participants and was granted the opportunity to shadow B.J. Agugliaro, the managing partner for the Florham Park, New Jersey, office and discover what it’s like to be him for a day. PwC also has a great coaching system in which interns and first-year associates are assigned to a coach that will help them excel in their career paths with PwC.

Q: You are president of Beta Alpha Psi. What does that organization do? What do you think you’ve contributed to the good of the organization?
A: I was just recently chosen as Beta Alpha Psi president for the 2017-2018 school year in March, a national scholastic and professional organization that has a chapter at WVU that is made up of honor students with a concentration in accounting, finance or information systems. I have been involved in plenty of service activities since my freshman year at WVU. What I look to contribute to this organization is the ability to bring in prestigious, unique firms to connect with our organization and invite notable keynote speakers that will encourage our students to become successful professionals.

Q: What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
A: In five years, I see myself being a CPA, preferably at a Big Four accounting firm like PwC in New York City.

Q: What has been your best experience at B&E?
A: My best experience at B&E was attending the job shadowing opportunities. I have attended the UPMC shadowing event, WVU Accounting shadowing event and the West Virginia Society of CPAs Capitol Visit. They all were amazing opportunities to observe different areas in accounting and career choices.