Hardworking. Dependable. Family man.These words describe Jamey Casey, a non-traditional senior pursuing a Degree in Accounting. Last spring, Jamey was nominated by one of his instructors to share his story at the annual Awards Day program.
Jamey, who has a 3.54 GPA and will graduate May 2018 with 150 credit hours, represents the wide range of students that are pursuing their degrees at the College of Business.
Jamey juggles being a full-time student with working 30-35 hours/week and raising two teens, a son, Jordan, an 11th grader at Louisville Male Traditional High School and a daughter, Nina, in 8th grade at Barret Traditional Middle School. He is pleased to be in the final stretch of this nine-year plan to complete this degree. When asked what motivated him to come back to college, Jamey says,
- “I do this to secure a future for my children. My goal when I graduate is to find a stable career, one that I can retire from. But more importantly, …I want to give my children something I had to wait for… a paid college education, so they have a good start on good careers.”
After going through a divorce, Jamey selected jobs that provided flexibility for when his kids were in his care to make sure they got to school and did their homework. He served at Tumbleweed on the River on the weekends for 5 years and was a preferred substitute teacher at Butler High School for almost seven years. Eventually, he started his own business buying and selling storage units, just like the show “Storage Wars”, to give him the freedom to be at home with his kids.
When asked why he chose accounting, Jamey commented, “I loved doing the books for my own business even more than doing the business itself! So, I thought why not do the books for other businesses? I googled accounting, accounting salaries and CPA salaries. When I saw that the career outlook was promising, I stopped googling and went straight to the UofL website to look up the degrees offered and accounting was the very first option at the top. I clicked on accounting, read everything I could, and never even considered looking further down the drop-down menu because I had found my answer.”
Looking back at his college experience, Jamey appreciates the support he has received through the William H. Bennett CPA Scholarship. He also values the opportunity for networking with accounting professionals through the Student Mentor Program with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Jamey has been encouraged by his mentor, Matt Monteiro, V.P. Finance and Treasurer at Farm Credit Mid-America, who has provided guidance and coaching during their regular meetings at Starbucks. Jamey has found the mentoring and insight invaluable as he prepares for an accounting position after graduation. His mentor, Matt Monteiro says, “Jamey Casey is doing all the right things. He gets involved in mentoring with the IMA, internships with accounting firms, volunteer opportunities, all the while balancing school, work and family priorities.”