OBC Alumni Spotlight: Diana Jones
Posted on May 31, 2017
Written by Elizabeth Truxell
Whatever your dreams are, they can become a reality when you believe in yourself and pursue every day with hard work and dedication.
Despite setbacks and challenges, Diana Jones, a graduate of OBC’s associate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting, is creating the career and life she wants, and it all started at Ohio Business College. Read about Diana Jones’s time at OBC, and see what she’s up to now:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at Ohio Business College?
I had decided to continue my education at OBC because I felt it was more personable and intimate. It was close to home and was flexible enough to work around my work schedule.
- Why did you enroll in the Business Administration: Accounting Program?
I [started to enroll] in the Accounting program. As I thought about it a little more, I realized I could get more out of having a degree in business and accounting instead of just an accounting degree.
- What have been your favorite things about the Business Administration: Accounting Program?
My favorite things about the program were the classroom interactions. I really liked that the work was not only taught out of a book, but also taught through the different experiences that the students and teachers would share to make the learning of different topics more understandable.
- What was the most difficult or challenging thing about this program?
I worked in the medical field for fourteen years prior to going back to school for Business/Accounting. So, for me at the age of 32, the most challenging part was learning how to learn again and how to retain the information.
- How did Ohio Business College help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
OBC has teachers that go above and beyond to help their students succeed. Additionally, anyone that is a part of the OBC staff helped in any way they could.
- Tell us about your externship.
I had a wonderful externship site. I went to a family owned business in Avon, Ohio. I worked next to the controller of the company. I was the only help in the accounting department at that time. I was able to do and learn a lot because of that. They were all great and made me feel welcomed and part of the team.
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC? If so, what is it?
My favorite memories at OBC would have to be when I realized how well I was doing and started challenging myself to do even better. I remember a quarter when I had taken four classes instead of the usual three I would take, and in every class I was determined to earn an A+.
One teacher couldn’t believe I had fought to understand why I had missed one question. She then realized not only did I miss just one question, but I got the bonus question right – giving me a 104%. So, for me, the best memories are the classroom interactions with the students and teachers.
- What do you think sets OBC apart from the other career education schools?
There aren’t any career education schools in the Sheffield area, so that is number one. Secondly, the interest that the teachers and staff have in the success of the students is over the top.
- What are you up to now?
After I finished my classes at OBC in September 2016, I took a tax course through H&R Block. I started working for a restoration company as a Team Coordinator where I am responsible for assisting the Project Managers and Superintendents with the clerical, administrative, and accounting functions. I am also responsible for handling all phone duties associated with the Team Department.
Additionally, I started working for H&R Block as a first-year tax associate this tax season. Also, as of March 6, 2017, I am a student at Tiffin University working towards my bachelor’s degree.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC Business Administration: Accounting students?
No matter how impossible it may seem, it can be done and everyone – including the students at OBC – will help you get through it. You are not alone.
Take your next professional steps. Learn more about OBC’s associate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.