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Graduate Student Alumni Spotlight


Heather SandersStudent Name: Heather Sanders

Program: Master of Accountancy

Graduated: 2013

Employer: Henry & Peters, P.C.

Position: Senior Associate

What attracted you to this field?

I have always enjoyed math, but it was also the stability that comes with a job in the accounting field.

Why did you choose to attend UT Tyler?

Being a commuter student, the location to my hometown was what had drawn me to UT Tyler.

What do you like most about UT Tyler?

The faculty. The professors at UT Tyler go above and beyond to see their students succeed. I have developed many relationships that have helped promote and further my career.

What are your career aspirations?

I believe I have achieved my career aspirations by being employed by a great firm and recently receiving my CPA license. Of course I want to move up the ranks and become a partner of the firm one day, but that is all in time.

What's your work experience?

I have been employed by Henry & Peters, P.C., a certified public accounting firm, since September 2012. I initially started with performing both taxation and audit services, but have moved into a more full-time tax preparer position after my first year. I prepare a wide variety of tax returns, from individuals to large corporations, partnerships and even non-profits.

Do you have any advice to pass along to other students interested in this program?

You really can’t pick a better school and major. The Master of Accountancy from UT Tyler is a great degree that offers flexibility for those who are working full-time with a top notch faculty that is fully vested in your success, both personally and professionally. Accounting as a career can provide diversity and stability like no other profession. There are an abundance of accounting jobs, that are well paid and rewarding. Tyler is also a great location and community. Working in public accounting for the past four years in Tyler and with my nearby hometown of Kilgore, I have been exposed to how great the economy of East Texas is and the growth potential.

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