Karlis Jansons had a plan coming into Purdue. And the plan has pretty much gone to perfection.
Karlis and his family moved to West Lafayette when he was in middle school. His sister, Ieva, graduated in accounting from Purdue and the Krannert School in 2008 and works for Ernst & Young. Karlis decided to follow in her footsteps in choice of school and career path.
"I knew I wanted to go into accounting, and I knew I wanted to work for one of the Big Four firms," he says. As a member of Purdue's first Master of Science in Accounting, or MS(A), class, he'll begin work this fall with Deloitte's tax department in Indianapolis.
An accounting class in high school convinced him to enroll as an undergraduate, and he briefly considered law school following completion of his undergraduate degree. A self-audit of his goals led him to the conclusion that the MS(A) was a better way to go.
Karlis interned with both BKD and Caterpillar as an undergrad. He prepared more than 100 individual, trust, partnership and corporate tax returns with BKD. The Caterpillar experiences gave him a flavor of the corporate side, as he prepared discounted cash flows for capital request projects and helped assure compliance with Sarbanes-Oxley regulations.
He also did work locally with the Lafayette Urban Ministry, doing volunteer service to help low-income family prepare tax returns. Those efforts were arranged by Jason Stanfield, a continuous term lecturer in the accounting area and Karlis's favorite instructor.
"I had four classes with Jason and I found him easy to talk to and work with," Karlis says. "He really goes above and beyond in and out of the classroom. I had other job offers, and he helped walk me through the advantages and disadvantages of each one."
It's no surprise, then, that Karlis will leave with two degrees in hand and a smile on his face.
"Purdue has completely exceeded my expectations," he says. "The people here have been easy to work with and always willing to help out. They have treated my sister and me very well. If I had to do it all over again, I would choose Krannert without hesitation."