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The University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Management is dedicated to providing high-quality business education in Alaska through a unique, active and experiential learning environment. With small class sizes, dedicated and approachable faculty and many opportunities for students to connect with the local community and professionals in their fields, SOM prepares broadly-educated professionals with a wealth of hands-on experience.

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  • The Path to Partnership at a “Big 4” Accounting Firm

    February 04, 2021

    Story by Alanna Bailey, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a SOM student marketing assistant.   Mike Fink is a UAF School of Management alumnus who earned degrees in accounting and business administration (with a finance concentration) in 2003 and 2004. With his recent admission to the KPMG partnership in the Anchorage office, he is the first SOM graduate to become a partner at one of the “Big 4,” which refers to the four largest accounting firms in the world. During his time at SOM, Mike was involved in the Student Investment Fund and worked as a student employee helping to manage the fund. This experience allowed him to learn about portfolio management, develop his skills by teaching others and realize the value of getting involved in extracurricular activities.     Mike noticed that in both school and the workplace, people who seek out opportunities to get involved are more likely to succeed. Because of this experience, he advises current students to get involved with a SOM club or organization. “It matters less which one you join and more that you are involved in something,” Mike said. Taking school as seriously as you would a job…
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