Hometown: Wasilla, Alaska
Program Position: Lead Payroll Assistant | Financial Services Office
How did you first get connected with the AS Financial Services Office (FSO)?
I was working at MacDonald’s and looking for a campus job when I saw this one on the AS website. I had never done anything like it, but I thought it would be interesting and the schedule was flexible. So, I applied and it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I’ve been here three years and I LOVE my job!
How would you describe your current job with FSO?
As the lead payroll assistant I calculate timesheets for the Research Foundation, enter new hire information, pay changes, update work area projects, and help out at the front window with reception. That’s the best part because I get to see people and put names and faces together. People are always happy to pick up their paychecks! I also do filing and any other projects my supervisor needs help with. It requires a lot of multitasking and meeting strict deadlines. Paychecks can’t be late. I’m still learning and being given more responsibility. My goal is to make things run smoothly, especially in a time crunch. I want my supervisor to be able to do her job without any bumps or gaps.
What does working for the FSO do for you personally, professionally, or academically?
I’ve gotten a lot more organized and my time management skills have improved. I used to be very shy, but now I’ve become more outgoing and professional. I’m entrusted with great responsibility. The staff treats me like I’m valuable and necessary to the process.
What do YOU bring to the table in your position with the FSO?
We all have to work together as a team. I’m a quick learner and good at problem solving because I can apply what I know in various areas of the office. I don’t have to be told what to do. I’m proactive. I see what needs to be done and I just do it. I can jump in when my boss is gone. This job involves so many little processes within the whole process — it’s like pieces of a puzzle that must all fit together to insure that things run smoothly.
What are your career plans and how does your job with the Associated Students better prepare you for that path?
I’d like to work in public relations for a clothing company. This job has taught me how to communicate with people, problem-solve, work on a deadline, and how to prioritize. All of these are great transferrable skills in any profession. Ultimately, I plan to become a cosmetologist and apply the business and financial skills I’ve learned to my own salon.