Alumni Spotlight: Maggie Yang '10
Certificate of Paralegal
DanDong, Liaoning, People's Republic of China
Senior Tax Analyst
Bentley Systems, Inc.
My Widener Experience
Why did you decide to pursue a master in taxation & financial planning?
After I gained my paralegal certificate from Widener University Delaware Law School, I wanted to earn a master's degree before I started my career because I was not sure what I wanted to do (for a long time). I was very interested in the master in taxation and financial planning (MSTFP) program from Widener because it covers both accounting and legal knowledge, and it offers many hands-on classes which are so useful for a future job. I will never regret that I attended Widener and earned my master in tax degree.
What is your favorite memory of widener?
I enjoyed my time being a graduate assistant for Assistant Dean Jessica Hoopes! It
was fun helping her publish business school newsletters every month and organize business
school out-reach events, like girls camp and Financial Football. As a foreign student,
English is my second language—Jessica helped me build up the confidence and skills to communicate with people and
encouraged me to reach out to people for jobs and networking. She made me feel like
family at Widener! Also, there are always cookies and other food in the business school building that I can
My Professional Experience
what advice would you give a prospective student considering joining the program you
I have recommended my co-worker from Aramark to earn a MST from Widener and she finished in 2015. The master in taxation and financial planning is a very good program which offers many classes to build up the knowledge both for CPA and CFP positions. You will learn lots of hands-on experiences that can apply to real jobs. This program is also a good platform for networking. I've known my mentor in my class and found an internship through a classmate.
how has widener prepared you for life after college?
As an international student, I needed to get my paperwork done before I started working in the States. I worked with Widener's International Student Office, and they were so helpful and supportive. Widener's Career Services Office helped with my resume and cover letters. I was able to meet and talk to many companies at Widener's career fair, which helped me practice my interview skills. I had no problem launching my first job in the U.S.. I am so proud of being a Widener alum!