When Thomas College switched to remote learning in response to the pandemic, finance major Lauren Poirier headed home to Gorham, ME, and was hired at Residential Mortgage Services (RMS) in South Portland as a paid accounting intern. By the end of the summer, when her internship was complete, Lauren was offered a full-time position as an operational accountant at RMS, before she even finished her degree.
Now, Lauren works full-time while simultaneously working on courses to complete her degree. Lauren says her business education at Thomas prepared her for this opportunity.
While a student, Lauren has taken advantage of the College’s Professional & Career Development workshops, including resume building and interviewing tips. “The workshops covered topics such as what to wear to an interview; what you should bring with you; how to prepare; how to respond to certain interview questions; and, also included panels with Thomas alumni,” she notes.
She also says her professors were supportive when she was working on finding job opportunities.
At RMS, as an operational accountant, Lauren’s job is working in the accounting department and being responsible for state and federal filings. Other tasks include regular general ledger account analysis; assisting the accounts payable team; and, assisting with month-end closing. She will also work with other departments to prepare reports for quarterly filings and other monthly duties.
“I am excited to gain hands-on experience and work for such a great company,” says Lauren.
*This story was originally published in the Fall 2020 Thomas Magazine & Annual Report.