Accounting major eyes job with FBI

July 30, 2012

For now, landing a job with KPMG — one of the "Big Four" accounting firms — in Washington, D.C., is a great move for 2012 accounting graduate Derica Fletcher, but down the road she's looking at the FBI.

Fletcher, a May accounting graduate, will be working at KPMG for the firm's federal auditing section, which will certainly test her accounting background. But she also earned a certificate in forensic accounting and fraud examination (FAFE) this summer and hopes that she will be able to use those additional skills in the future.

The 12-credit graduate certificate program is offered during the summer, and students may take two paths to earn this certificate: a four-course, stand-alone, non-degree graduate certificate program curriculum or a Master of Professional Accountancy degree plus two additional certificate courses.

"I wanted to learn more about forensic accounting and what it actually was," she said, regarding her decision to enroll in the FAFE Program. "I also needed a few more hours to qualify for the CPA exam. This was a perfect way to satisfy both. I really enjoyed the program."

KPMG LLP is an audit, tax and advisory firm and the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative which has 145,000 professionals, including more than 8,000 partners in 152 countries. The KPMG global member firm combined revenues totaled $22.7 billion for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2011.

A 2008 graduate of Morgantown High School, Fletcher said forensic accounting is "very intriguing, and I believe it would be a very interesting and challenging job."

She begins her job at KPMG on August 1, and she has mixed feelings about moving from West Virginia to the nation's capital. "I was born and raised in Morgantown, so at first I was very excited to be moving away from my hometown," she said. "After a while, I started to get nervous about leaving everything and everyone I have known because all of my immediate family lives in Morgantown. Now, at this point, I'm excited to move and start experiencing different parts of the world, but I would like to return to Morgantown one day."

A Promise Scholarship recipient, Fletcher finished in the top 10 percent during the annual General Electric Interview Competition. The event is a partnership between the undergraduate professional development course BCOR 315 and the graduate-level Master of Science in Industrial Relations staffing and selection course.

She was Alpha Kappa Psi pledge committee head for community service from 2009 and Beta Alpha Psi president during her senior year. Beta Alpha Psi is an accounting honorary concerned with professional development for students. The group brings firm representatives to the College once a week to give presentations about interviewing techniques and job/internship opportunities. She was an intern with KPMG last summer, which she said helped her get the job there, and she hopes to one day be a manager with the firm.

"I hope to work with KPMG until I make manager, which takes usually five years," she said. "I am not sure if I will stay past manager or not. It all depends on how well I like my job and if I can handle all the crazy work hours. I would like to get into forensic accounting for the FBI once I am done with KPMG."