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Jamie Lillard

Jamie Lillard

Vanderbilt Macc Assurance 2012

Human Resources, Talent Management at PwC

Winning with Art History

Lillard builds on her strengths to jump-start career

Jamie Lillard is living proof: You can get a great job with a major in art history (though having a minor in business surely didn’t hurt).

After graduating from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Jamie spent a year working in college athletics, focused on marketing and media relations. “As much as I loved working with people, I missed the analytical thinking I used so much in class,” she recalls.

She sought advice from her art history and business professors — all of whom suggested she look at public accounting. “It was the best of both worlds,” she says, “challenging and analytical yet dynamic and interactive.”

Jamie soon learned that not everyone in the business world shared her view that art history and accounting are complementary. Thankfully, she says, Owen thought differently. “The Vanderbilt MAcc offered the opportunity build on my liberal arts background, recognizing the strengths of that education, while equipping me with a focused curriculum needed for a career in public accounting. I loved the small class size, the presence of the Big Four accounting firms, the inclusion of the Becker CPA review — it had everything.”

Now, after jump-starting her career, Jamie looks back on joining the MAcc program as “the best decision of my life. I would never have guessed I’d one day want to be an accountant,” she says, “but now I can’t picture myself doing anything else!”