Rose Garcia

Rose Garcia

Senior Auditor


Mutual of America

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
Became the first person in my family to enroll at a college.
Chose to dorm to get away from the bad influence of my neighborhood.
Declared my accounting major because I loved math and thought accounting was figuring out formulas.
Took internships in tax and business law and realized I didn't like that type of accounting.
Came upon the auditing job at Mutual of America and decided to try another area of accounting.
Eight years later, still enjoy auditing.
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics
undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
Hofstra University
Career

Career

Senior Auditor

I ensure that departments have proper internal controls that adhere to procedures and policies.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Education
Education
Business
Business
Working with Others
Working with Others

Day to Day

A great day at work would entail open communication with each department, along with learning the various duties and responsibilities that govern the department and ensuring that they're being used in the most efficient and effective manner.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Skills, training and experience needed at work are not only acquired through school. A few of the skills or tools that I learned are active listening, critical and positive thinking and problem solving. In order to conduct audits, I need to listen to the people I'm meeting with and analyze the information I'm given to ensure each department is performing efficiently according to the procedures and policies put in place by the Company and the government.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

The first step I would recommend in college is discovering what you're passionate about. To be an auditor, you have to be interested in learning about business and enrolling in business classes. Auditing is a part of the accounting major.

Recommended Education

My career is related to what I studied. I'd recommend the path I took:

undergrad
Bachelor
Accounting
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Peers:

"People from our neighborhood never leave the neighborhood."

I refused to listen to them. I always knew that there was a bigger world out there, bigger than the four block radius my peers and I were used to. I always had teachers and some friends encourage me to see the bigger picture of a brighter future if I applied myself to a goal. My goal was to graduate from college.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

Realizing from an early age that good grades would help overcome my single parent household income and help me get into a good college.

Gangs / Violence
Gangs / Violence

Discovering a hobby to do indoors and staying away from the streets where a lot of peers got into gangs and violence.

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

Learning English and overcoming the stereotypes that Spanish people lack the ability to excel in educational settings.

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