020: Bruce Howard – Career Guidance from a True Expert

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Bruce Howard

Our guest for this week’s episode of Life In Accounting was none other than Bruce Howard, Career Advisor at Texas State University… and a former Accountant!

A humble beginning in Accounting

Bruce has come full-circle in that he originally graduated from Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) with his accounting degree. He started his career at Tesoro in a ‘rotational program’ where he was able to try out several different departments, and ended up choosing to work in corporate accounting.  Similar to our previous guest Bill Schneider that has built his career at AT&T by continuing to grow internally, Bruce worked his way through approximately 10-12 different roles in his 21 years at Tesoro and much enjoyed the experience.

Developing the Accounting Workforce

After his tenure at Tesoro, he changed the direction of his career and moved into the workforce development field. Since then he has worked in marketing and recruiting for a CPA firm, worked as an Associate Director in Career Services at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and now serves as Career Advisor & Liaison to the McCoy School of Business at Texas State University. 

Career choices

One of the primary reasons I wanted to get Bruce on our show is to discuss how to make all the choices that are necessary when starting your career. We spend much of the time on the podcast discussing how to choose between the different choices of accounting careers, as well as how to position yourself to get the job opportunities you want.

Bruce truly is servant-minded and I feel like you will get tremendous value out of this episode, particularly if you are considering accounting as a career or trying to figure out the best route to take early on in your professional life.

We’ll see you next week!

Mark Goldman CPA
President – Where Accountants Go


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