San Antonio native Brianna Caban will graduate this May with three College of Business degrees: a BBA in management science, a BBA in accounting and her master of accountancy degree as part of the MACY program.
Known for her determination, Caban navigated UTSA as a first-generation college student and used all of the resources the College of Business provided her.
Due to her hard work, Caban will begin her professional career this summer as an accountant/financial analyst with ExxonMobil in Houston. In this role she will participate in business decisions, improve processes and work closely with both financial and business line operating management.
“I had the chance to tour the ExxonMobil campus with the Center for Student Professional Development,” said Caban, who was named a Distinguished Business Student during Fall 2017. “I interviewed with ExxonMobil and received the offer within a month.”
Preparing for her professional career, Caban completed three internships over the course of her college career. She interned with Deloitte, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Texas Scenic Company.
She credits her classes to her success with internships. “Not only did the accounting coursework apply to what I was doing in my internships, but the professors were always available to provide me with career guidance,” she said.
In addition to her internship experience, Caban worked in the college’s Center for Student Professional Development as a graduate associate. She helped coordinate the annual ARNE event, the CAP program, mock interviews, and speed networking events. She was also active in extracurricular activities including the Association for Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA), Beta Alpha Psi, VOICES and the Business Scholars Program.
Her most rewarding college experience was participating in the KPMG case competition with her peers in ALPFA. “Our faculty advisor, Elaine Sanders, assisted us throughout the summer and helped us feel more confident so we could master our presentation. Dr. Sanders encouraged me to network at the competition where I got offers from PWC, KPMG and Deloitte for summer internships.”
Sharing tips for her path to success, Caban encourages business students to get involved. “You don’t need a 4.0, but be well-rounded and go to every professional development event that is available to you,” she said. “Networking was the key to my success, and it can be the key to yours, as well.”