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Learning to Speak "the Language of Business"

Erland Porter MBA/A'05

ernst & young

Erland Porter

“The skills I learned at Kelley are used every day within our firm and by our clients.”

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By the time he reached high school, Erland Porter knew what he wanted to do with his life. "I always did well during the school fundraisers and my parents regularly taught me fiscal responsibility,” he says. “I knew I wanted to pursue accounting."

That single-minded focus enabled him to take advantage of Kelley's 3/2 MBA in Accounting to graduate with both a bachelor's degree and an MBA in just five years.

Even so, Porter relied on Kelley's career services to help him find the right company. Accounting is "the language of business," he explains, which meant that he could find a position in virtually any industry. He attended career fairs, roundtables, and networking event to explore his options fully. Eventually, he won an internship at Ernst & Young, one of the biggest accounting firms in the United States, which led to his first post-MBA position.

As part of E&Y's Assurance and Advisory Business Services, Porter spends his days on-site with clients, performing audit services as part of a team. He says there is no such thing as a "typical" day, which means that he always has the opportunity to keep learning.

Perhaps most important, though, Porter says he is always putting his Kelley knowledge to good use. “I definitely use the skills I learned at Kelley—especially communication, networking, and technical proficiency with programs like MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and ACL,” he says. "From my interactions with clients and colleagues, it is clear that Kelley does an excellent job of preparing its students to be technologically savvy.”

Published April 14, 2011