Kayla Jones's Story
Kayla Jones joined the international accounting firm of RSM US, LLP in 2014 after working nearly three years at a Chicago accounting firm where she had been promoted to senior accountant after earning her CPA license in 2013. RSM has 100 offices throughout the country, providing audit and accounting services to businesses from start-up to Fortune 500 companies. Now located in the Davenport, Iowa, area, Jones provides financial auditing services to clients in multiple industries and leads other accounting services such as attest engagements, reviews and compilations.
Jones chose Monmouth College because she liked the idea that her professors would be accessible and her class sizes would be smaller. Accounting classes with Frank Gersich and Judy Peterson were her favorite, due in part to their willingness to answer questions and explain concepts in detail. “We also formed friendships rather than just the standard professor/student relationship,” said Jones. This interaction with faculty is an important factor in Monmouth accounting graduates placing in the top 25 percent of those nationwide who take the Master Field Test in Business.
“One of Kayla’s strengths is her ability to think through things with little guidance,” said Peterson. “When she was a student, I would often hear her say to me, ‘I’m all over it,’ which would mean ‘I’ll take it from here.’ This is what employers look for in students they hire and why Kayla has been so successful. If you want something done on time and done well, you go to people like Kayla. They will not disappoint you.”
Outside the classroom, her many involvements taught her essential organizational and networking skills. Each activity was shared with students from different majors, who had different friends and backgrounds, and Jones appreciates the bonds she formed with those diverse groups.