Joined Caterpillar in 2009 as an intern and fulltime in 2010 as an accountant
Graduate of Bradley University - 2007 Bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Entrepreneurship, 2010 Masters in Accounting
1. Why did you pick Bradley University?
I wanted a smaller university that wasn't far from where I grew up. I didn't know at the time what I wanted to major in and Bradley offered a variety of majors and the flexibility to change my mind within the first couple semesters without having to extend my time there.
2. Why did you select Caterpillar as an employer?
I was fortunate enough to have two internships with Caterpillar before deciding to join fulltime. My internship experiences gave me the opportunity to learn about Caterpillar and the career opportunities here. I joined Caterpillar because of the prospect of working in many different areas and locations all while staying with the same company.
3. What was the highlight of your Caterpillar experience so far?
Working in a unique and challenging group that has given me the opportunity to learn a lot and grow professionally. Also, being on the leadership team of our Young Professionals Employee Resource Group has allowed me to network with employees across the company and engage in various activities such as our recent case competition with Bradley.
4. What is a typical workday like for you?
The vocational truck is a new product for Caterpillar with a unique business model, which makes every day an exciting challenge. Within the two years I have been in the group, my projects and responsibilities have changed significantly. I have many traditional accounting responsibilities, but I also have the opportunity to partake in other projects as well. I also work with people across disciplines and management levels.
5. What do you like about living in Peoria, Illinois?
Peoria offers opportunities that Young Professionals might not get in a bigger city. I have had the opportunity to network with various leaders in our community including Caterpillar executives, politicians and CEOs of other organizations. I sit on a committee of a local nonprofit and feel I can make a difference in the community in which I live. My commute is only seven minutes and it never takes more than 20 minutes to get anywhere. There are many things to do in Peoria - local restaurants, shopping, shows, parks and sporting events.
6. What are you looking forward to about working for Caterpillar in the long-term?
The many career opportunities ahead of me, and the potential to travel and live abroad. I look forward to having many different experiences while still working for the same company.
7. What would you say to someone considering employment with Caterpillar?
To look at Caterpillar as a whole. I think a lot of times people focus on the fact that Caterpillar is headquartered in Peoria, Illinois, and not a big city and miss the fact that it is a reputable, Fortune 50 company with locations worldwide and various career opportunities.