Blake Anderson’s road to UW-River Falls included stops in central Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada while playing junior hockey. Growing up outside of Madison, he always thought he’d go to a bigger school. Then he visited campus for a hockey recruiting trip.
“I was blown away by how nice the campus was. It was super green and buildings were close together,” Blake recalls. “I also met some faculty and thought, wow, they all seem really personable.”
Blake was also struck by the small student-to-faculty ratio.
“They are going to help you and you are going to learn a lot more,” Blake said. “After visiting I thought, this is the place. This is awesome.”
After originally declaring a major in marketing and sales, Blake took an accounting class and really enjoyed it, which lead to more accounting classes and a change in direction.
“When I came to college, I decided I was going to have an open mind. I really like math and enjoy math. Accounting, although it is tough, it brings out the competitive side in me,” he said.
Beginning in the fall, Blake will be working full time as a tax and audit associate for CBIZ MHM in Minneapolis. It’s a familiar place due to a Career Trek visit.
“I talked to some of the employees there and gave them my resume. They reached out to me before the Career Fair and we talked there,” Blake said.
This led to internships and eventually a full-time position post-graduation.
“The Career Treks are something that students should take more advantage of. You meet real professionals in the business world and get the experience of how to talk and how to approach them,” he remarked.
In addition to the Career Treks, Blake also leveraged the offerings of Career Services.
“Career Services helped me with my resume to get my foot in the door and once I got my foot in the door, it all fell into place. For people looking for that kind of experience, you definitely should look into Career Services and all the things they do. I can’t thank them enough for helping start my career,” he added.
Blake also credits the College of Business and Economics (CBE) for his success.
“The classes I took in CBE gave me a taste of many areas of business. The College of Business and Economics does a fantastic job of preparing people for the real world,” Blake said.