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Eric Kogut

Eric Kogut

KPMG

Valuations intern

Personal Information

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School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major: Finance, Accounting

Years at College Works: 2012

Career Information

Company You Work For Now: KPMG

Title: Valuations intern

Industry: Accounting

Brief Description of Duties / Responsibilities

Responsible for evaluating business assets, in particular intangible assets like goodwill and intellectual property.

What Has Been Your Proudest Accomplishment Post-CWP?

Getting into the Technology & Management Program at the U of I.

CWP Career Impact

In one sentence, what has CWP meant to you?

CWP gave me a foundation of work ethic and business that has aided me in gaining internships and success.

How did your CWP experience impact your career? Immediately after graduation? Now?

CWP gave me great experience and taught me how to be more confident in myself. I ended up getting an internship for the Summer of 2013 with Robert Bosch, LLC. and I attribute this partly to my experience at CWP. The experience at Robert Bosch partly led to my internship offer at KPMG for next summer. Hopefully this turns into a full time job.

What do you want to tell your clients about what it meant to work with them and how it has helped you get to where you are today?

Phyllis Coulam: Phyllis was extremely nice and caring. She got into the project and was interested in learning about the different paints/stains we used. She wrote a fantastic recommendation letter, as well. She helped me learn that there are all different types of people to work with.

What was the greatest lesson you learned from your CWP experience?

Never give up!!

How has the friendships and networks you built during CWP affected you?

Pretty great so far! I've mainly been really close with Philip Vuong. This is because our territories in CWP were adjacent. I can also reach out to Rob Lovato (my DM) whenever I want, so that's nice.

Advice

What advice do you have for potential CWP participants? Current CWP participants?

It's a lot of work and will probably be the hardest few months of your life - but you will not regret it. You'll leave the summer with hard-working and bright connections, as well as a boost in confidence, and some extra money.

What's your favorite memory from CWP?

Meeting and marketing with a good friend I met from CWP - Philip Vuong.

Last words of wisdom

Although CWP requires an insane amount of work for maybe not as much money as some people hope for, don't do CWP for the money. What you learn from the program is far more valuable than the money you earn.