By Roadtrip Nation

Lavon Johnson


My road in life has been direct.
Growing up wasn’t easy—I grew up in foster care and was never given much guidance on educational or career paths.
No one wanted to take care of me and my siblings because there were so many of us, so my great-grandmother ended up taking us in.
When I was in high school I wanted to be a nurse, but my school shut down the nursing course, so my basketball coach pushed the whole team to pursue accounting instead.
Accounting clicked easily in my head and I was good at it, so I took an accounting internship at a foster care agency and then decided to major in accounting in college.
I got both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University—I ultimately chose to go to college because I wanted to leave my unstable, difficult past.
Advisors in NABA (National Association of Black Accountants) and MBS (Multicultural Business Students) gave me the insight and encouragement I needed to become disciplined in this field.
I found a mentor at Discover EY who helped me get a college internship with Ernst & Young, which then led to a full-time offer—he’s still my mentor to this day.
I currently work as a senior in the financial services practice at EY and am on track for a promotion to a manager position.
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High School
Michigan State University
Information Technology
Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


FSO Financial and Accounting Advisory Services Senior

I assist clients with complex accounting transactions and system implementation.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
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Accomplishing Goals

Day to Day

A typical day for me means meeting with my clients for updates on how the projects are going and evaluating if there is anything we could do better. I work with my team to figure out how to meet clients' needs. Some days, I'll take a call internally to learn something new at work.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Network, network, network! Talk to as many people as possible in the field to get an idea of whether or not this is really something you want to do for a living. Also, by networking, you may meet someone who can help you get into a company you are interested in working for.


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You're not good enough and you should give up on your dreams."

Challenges I Overcame

Foster Child
Mental Health Issues