Jamie Bailey BS'03
Manager, Financial Advisory Services, Deloitte
“I need something to challenge me each and every day, and this job definitely does.”
Jamie Bailey has always liked math. He majored in accounting and finance at the Kelley School, and he enjoys his job in Financial Advisory Services at Deloitte. Just don’t accuse him of being an introverted number-cruncher.
Bailey does his best to dispel this stereotype about accountants by being himself: fun, outgoing, and easy to talk to. “I try to prove people wrong,” he says, “to show that people who deal with numbers can also deal with people.”
Dealing with people is the bulk of Bailey’s job. Within four years of starting at Deloitte as an associate, he worked his way up to senior associate and then manager. Now he oversees a team of associates that conducts corporate fraud and accounting investigations.
Bailey sets the vision for each investigation, which usually involves analyzing data, reviewing documents, and interviewing the people responsible. “You have to look at the numbers and figure out what’s going on, but you also have to use your people skills to read between the lines and get the answers to provide a factual, thorough report.”
As you move up within an organization, he says, people management skills become increasingly important. “You obviously have to be technically savvy, but the big issue with being a manager is being able to work with people, keep them motivated, and keep them focused on the task at hand.”
Kelley’s Integrative Core (I-Core) team project taught Bailey how to work with colleagues who have different skill sets, just like he does in his job. “IU prepared me to work with different types of people,” he says. “I got a strong foundation of accounting knowledge, but ultimately, working with people is what will get you to the solution.”
His junior year at IU, Bailey interviewed with, and visited the offices of, several accounting firms, leading to a summer internship with Deloitte. The firm offered him a full-time position at the end of the summer. He accepted, saving himself the stress of searching for a job. “It was a tremendous relief.”
“The point of going to a higher education institution is to obtain a job after you graduate,” he says. “We had so many companies meet with us, interview us, and come to our classes to speak. That access was one reason I chose IU.”
As someone who is much more than a number-cruncher, Bailey likes having a job that changes from day to day. “This job allows me to work with different people, on different projects, for different industries and companies. It’s really broadened my horizons. I need something to challenge me each and every day, and this job definitely does.”
On choosing IU: “I came to IU because of the business school. I wanted to stay close to home, but I also wanted to go to a school that was well recognized and where I felt like I could get a good job after I graduated. All of those things led me to IU.”
A good mix: “My favorite things about Kelley were the variety of classes to choose from and the various people. To meet and work with a lot of different people from a lot of different backgrounds was a big key for me.”
IU activities: National Association of Black Accountants, Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity
Crazy for Kirkwood: His favorite Bloomington hangouts include Nick’s and Kilroy’s. “Kirkwood was where to be.”