Most of us cringe when we think about filing our tax return. Pamela Tarasewicz actually enjoys helping people with their taxes.
Pam got married after high school and had two children before staring to think about higher education and careers. She chose accounting because it sounded challenging and Milwaukee Area Technical College because it was affordable.
“MATC really opened my eyes. I gained self esteem and it made me feel I could do this,” she said.
“Technical college was really the best decision for me,” she continued. “It was a good way to start because the courses are geared toward getting a job. Every class was relevant to my career.”
Pam found that she enjoyed college and was a good student. It wasn’t always easy though. While she took day classes, her husband worked second shift.
“It was hard, but doable,” she stated. “You have to keep your eye on the fact that it’s going to help you get ahead one day.” And Pam did get ahead.
While in school, she started working part-time as an accounting clerk. After earning her associate degree, Pam got a job with Mortgage Guarantee Insurance Company where she worked for 12 years. During that time she earned a bachelor’s degree from Lakeland College where she was able to transfer credits from MATC and took classes at night.
Then she passed the certified public accountant exam and earned a master’s degree in tax from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
The next step was Ernst and Young, where she spent 18 years and progressed to senior manager in tax. Recently, Pam accepted a position with Jannsen & Company.
“It is never too late to get an education,” Pam concluded. “You can continue to learn and improve yourself your whole life.”