It didn't take Tara Guell long to make a strong impression.
Just halfway through last winter's four-month internship at Schenck SC in Sheboygan, the 2014 Lakeland College graduate had a job offer in hand.
"My goal was to have a fulltime position before I graduated," says Guell, who majored in accounting at Lakeland. "I'm really excited."
Guell will fill a brand new staff accountant position at Schenck's Port Washington office, where she'll work one-on-one with small business clients.
"I feel like I fit the bill, because I'm a social person, and I like to build relationships," she says.
Guell enrolled at Lakeland after earning her associate degree from UW-Sheboygan.
At Lakeland, she exceled in the classroom and played a lead role in Lakeland's highly regarded Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The VITA program features Lakeland students preparing free tax returns for the Sheboygan area's lower-income residents.
As her senior year approached, Guell honed in on internships, taking advantage of the many career development and networking opportunities offered at Lakeland. She met with a Schenck HR representative on campus, then got a phone interview and landed the internship that quickly led to full-time employment.
"I was a little nervous about the public accounting realm," she says. "But Schenck has been very welcoming, very helpful. They really make me feel like part of the team."
As she prepares to begin her fulltime accounting career, Guell looks back fondly on her Lakeland experience.
"The Lakeland business division became a family to me," she says. "All of the professors helped me grow and become a professional. I talk up Lakeland all the time. It's small enough that all of the professors know your name, know who you are as a person and what's going on in your life."