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Spotlight : Student Global Leader

Karlis Jansons

Karlis Jansons

Masters of Science in Accouting
West Lafayette, Indiana

Why should a prospective student choose the Krannert School?
There are so many reasons to choose Krannert ranging from the friendly students, to the great faculty, to the nice facilities, and ultimately to the caliber of the education. That being said, the most important reason to choose Krannert is that it prepares you to start or advance your career.  Krannert attracts recruiters to campus that are looking to hire graduates to work at some of the worlds best companies.

What extracurricular clubs are you in involved in at Krannert, and how have they contributed to your experience?
I'm a member of Beta Alpha Psi as well as the Graduate Accounting Association at Purdue. These clubs have contributed to my Krannert experience by giving me an opportunity to meet like minded accounting students, supplement my understanding of accounting topics, and interact with recruiters from various accounting firms.

How would you describe the Krannert faculty?
The faculty at Krannert has been amazing throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies. Before I started at Purdue and Krannert, I didn’t expect to have interactions with the faculty beyond the classroom; however, I’ve been surprised and fortunate to develop strong relationships with the faculty that goes beyond that. I have discussed career and graduate school plans with faculty, and they are always receptive to meeting with me to discuss future plans. This extra effort from the faculty is something I have greatly benefited from and it has helped me formulate my career goals.   

Your classmates come from a variety of work backgrounds...what have you been able to learn from them?
It’s absolutely amazing how much you can benefit from the diversity at Krannert in terms of work background and ethnicity. Having classes with students beyond the accounting realm has helped my view a business scenario from a different perspective, while interacting with international student has helped me expand my understanding and appreciation of other cultures and customs.

How has the Krannert School helped develop your leadership skills?
The ability to develop your leadership skills is very prevalent at Krannert. While you might think this skill would only be developed through leadership positions in one of the multitude of Krannert clubs, you’ll be surprised how much it develops through your classwork as well. Through various group projects and case studies, you receive the opportunity to apply and develop you leadership skills in order to complete rigorous projects that are assigned to your team.

How would you describe living in West Lafayette?
Living in West Lafayette is easy and enjoyable. People around town are very friendly, courteous, and diverse. There’s a lot you can do in the West Lafayette and Lafayette area, and Indianapolis and Chicago are a short drive if you need a weekend trip out of town.

Away from Krannert...what do you do for fun?
During my time at Purdue, I have always enjoyed attending our school’s athletic events. I have attended almost every football and basketball game while occasionally catching a baseball game or volleyball match.  There are also plenty of concerts and shows organized by Purdue Convocations that allow you to see popular singers right here on campus!

What do you like most about the Krannert School and Purdue?
What I like most about Krannert and Purdue is the sense of community. When I’m in Rawls, or really anywhere on campus, I feel so comfortable with the people around me.  You start seeing some the same faces around the school and it seems like people take a generous interest in your success. Despite the academic competitiveness, I have never had a scenario where somebody in my class wouldn’t help me learn a subject matter I was struggling with.  These factors make it enjoyable to study at Krannert.

How have you been assisted in your job search?
The assistance I’ve received throughout my career search was superb. Members of the Krannert Professional Development Center and the Center for Career Opportunities were always available for advice. Furthermore, there were plenty of classes and seminars to attend in order to improve skills related to the recruitment process. I personally also benefited from feedback and guidance from my professors that helped guide me toward landing my dream job.

Who is the person, business world or otherwise, that you most admire, and why?
The person who I admire most in the business world is Tom Lunsford, a senior accounting supervisor at Caterpillar Inc. While many tend to admire a well-known figure, I find Tom to be a great role model both professionally and personally. During my opportunity to work with him, I admired his academic accomplishments, great work ethic, impressive career accomplishments, lofty future goals, and his ability to extract the best results from the people he managed.

When we catch up with you in 10 years, what do you expect to be doing?
In ten years, I plan on being a tax manager or senior manager working in public accounting. I am excited about working at this level in the public accounting, as this is where you get more exposure into developing tax strategies that add substantial value to a client’s business