Key Perry ’14, M’15 is an Internal Auditor at Waters Corporation (NYSE: WAT) where she plans audit engagements and conducts testing of the effectiveness of management controls. She is also responsible for providing continuous improvement suggestions and delivering consistent reporting through best practices.
Key served as the Student Speaker at her graduate commencement ceremony in 2015, a highlight of her experience in the MSA and at Merrimack.
Internal Auditor at Waters Corporation
Masters in Accounting (MSA)
What courses do you think most prepared you for the work you are doing now?
Many of the courses, both Accounting and non-Accounting have helped me in my career. Effective Managerial Communication and Professional Skills helped me develop the soft-skills I need to be successful, whereas Financial Analysis & Reporting and Assurance Services have helped me with the technical knowledge I need.
Why did you choose to pursue a Masters in Accounting and how does it fit with your career goals?
Although I have an undergraduate degree in Business with a concentration in Accounting, I needed an MSA to enhance my skills and keep my resume well-rounded and competitive in today’s job market. The MSA opens the door to a variety of flexible career options and certifications in the Accounting field. There are many professional certifications I can pursue, so I plan to get advice from my mentors to see which fit best with my future goals in Accounting.
As a Merrimack undergrad, why did you choose Merrimack's Masters program over other programs?
I joined the Merrimack MSA the very first semester it was offered. I felt that my undergrad professors were very experienced and did a great job sharing their knowledge and expertise with us. I knew that in the MSA I would continue to benefit from that same high level of expertise. I also liked the one-year format which would allow me to complete the degree while working full-time.
How would you describe your academic experience in the MSA at Merrimack?
I really liked that I could apply the knowledge I learned in the classroom to my day-to-day job. I took part in a leadership development program at BAE Systems while in the MSA, and it provided me the opportunity to complement the skills I was learning in the business world with relevant skills acquired in my classes. The professors were committed to providing us an unparalleled student experience by sharing their real-world experiences and providing opportunities to network and develop the soft skills necessary to succeed in the business world.