As the calendar inches closer to December, Missouri State University student Clay North is getting ready to embark on his professional career.
North is confident his experience and network at Missouri State will not only help him thrive, but also succeed in all aspects of life.
Time at MSU
North’s academic journey as a Bear led him to earn a bachelor’s degree in finance, with a focus on the corporate and investments track. This academic track has equipped him with a strong foundation in corporate finance.
One of the standout features of North’s education at MSU was the focus on chartered financial analyst (CFA) preparation. The courses he took were designed to align with the CFA Level 1 examination, which he will take in May 2024.
As North moves on to the next phase of his journey, he will head to St. Louis, Missouri, to join RubinBrown LLP as a business advisory services consultant. Within RubinBrown, North’s role will be integral to both their valuation and mergers and acquisitions team.
This decision reflects his aspiration for a career in public accounting, driven by the substantial growth opportunities firms like RubinBrown offer.
“Many finance individuals stray away from accounting due to the lack of preparation during their studies,” North said. “At MSU, this was different. Our program ensured finance students had an adequate background in financial statement analysis, which is crucial in mergers and acquisitions.”
A rounded individual
Hailing from Lake St. Louis, Missouri, North is passionate about community service, particularly within the organization he is part of, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS). His dedication to this organization exemplifies the characteristics of a Citizen Bear and embraces Missouri State’s public affairs mission.
“I became involved in BBBS after leading my social fraternity’s philanthropic efforts. This led me to help coordinate other outreach events and raise funds,” North said.
A word of advice
He has some helpful advice for students related to maximizing their educational experience.
“Treat your academics like it’s a 40-hour work week job. Make an effort to meet your professors because they’re genuinely there to help you and make it a priority to become involved outside of the classroom.”