Finding a “dream job” may often seem like an unattainable task, but one Roosevelt University alumna is proof that it can be done.
Marisha C. Truong, a 2013 graduate of Roosevelt’s Master of Science in Accounting Forensics (MSAF) program, found her calling for forensic accounting after initially planning to pursue an MBA. The specialty practice area of accounting piqued her interest, which only grew as she enhanced her knowledge and skills in the heart of Chicago.
Her passion for the field brought her all the way to her current position as a forensic accounting consultant at McGovern & Greene LLP, a forensic accounting and consulting practice with offices in Chicago and Las Vegas.
The MSAF program helped Truong prepare to pass the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) exam administered by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, an essential step in her chosen career track. It also helped her connect with other CFEs in the Chicagoland area through education and networking events, hosted by the ACFE Greater Chicago Chapter.
“Not only did I hone my financial accounting and auditing skills, but I also had the opportunity to learn about fraud investigation, fraud prevention and deterrence, and the legal ramifications of conducting fraud examinations,” Truong said. “The program also helped me to become skillful in identifying fraudulent financial transactions, and the different types of fraud schemes that the fraudsters may use to commit the fraud.”
A standout in the classroom, Truong was selected as a winner of the 2015-16 Dan Sprehe Scholarship, granted by the ACFE Greater Chicago Chapter.
Not only were Roosevelt’s academic standards crucial in her professional development, but Truong also credits the institution’s faculty for their diligence in fostering student success.
“I’ve been in regular touch with two of my former professors, Professor Rifat Gorener and Professor Husam Abu Khadra. They were both so knowledgeable and resourceful, especially in the areas of forensic accounting and fraud examination, that my level of interest in the subjects became intensified,” Truong said. “I’ve always been very grateful and thankful for their attention, encouragement, guidance and sound advice.”
Having found her “dream job,” Truong has nothing but praise for the university that ushered her toward her current career success. For any prospective student considering pursuing forensic accounting, Truong believes you’d be hard-pressed to find better training elsewhere.
“I personally think [Roosevelt has] genuine dedication and interest in guiding students in the MSAF program toward a successful career, and also making sure that students uphold the highest standards of ethical conduct at all times.”