Kareem R. JacksonJuly 31, 2012 – Kareem R. Jackson is a proud senior at the University of the District of Columbia, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting. He is a strong believer in the quote “Nothing ever comes to one, that is worth having, except as a result of hard work.” Kareem exemplifies that quote. His hard work resulted in him being on the dean’s list for six consecutive semesters and obtaining the position of Vice President, National Association of Black Accountants, for University of the District of Columbia’s student chapter.
Kareem knows that his chances of securing a rewarding and fulfilling career have significantly increased as a result of his involvement with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and he is more confident than ever that he will be gainfully employed after graduation. He is proud to be a TMCF Scholar and be amongst a group of nationally recognized and highly respected young professionals.
He credits his success to Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 11th Annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair for exposing him to employers who were seeking talented and ambitious future leaders. While attending the conference, Kareem was able to meet with two top recruiters: MillerCoors and the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. His interview with MillerCoors led to an invitation to attend the 24th annual awards dinner that weekend and later an offer to participate in the 2012 MillerCoors Intern Leadership program as a finance intern. “This was the most intellectually challenging, yet most rewarding experience of my lifetime,” says Jackson, who spent his summer coordinating the development of budgets and margin drivers, and assisting in pricing review and analysis for MillerCoors.
In addition to his internship with MillerCoors, the Leadership Institute provided Kareem with the opportunity to discuss his career objectives with an executive from the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). His short discussion led him to the Chief Financial Officer of the NRCS and an offer to participate in a paid internship. Beginning this fall semester, he will start work as a student trainee in financial management.
Kareem has achieved, and will continue to achieve success after he graduates. He plans to become a certified public accountant, and work as an auditor in a senior leadership position at a top investment banking institution. “My advice to any student who wants to be successful in college is to research viable employment opportunities, begin a career plan early, and stay focused,” said Kareem. “Success will be yours if you want it bad enough.”