As a first generation college student, Tavia Williams came to Essex County College extremely focused on her goals. The Jamaican born Tavia certainly accomplished all her goals while at Essex student, which including serving as an officer in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and tutoring her classmates in English and accounting.
A member of the Class of 2016, Tavia earned her Associate in Science degree in Accounting and transferred to Cornell University where she is on track to graduate later this year. After interning last summer with The Boeing Company, she has been offered a fulltime job with the company following her completing the bachelor’s program at Cornell. She is majoring in Industrial and Labor Relations with a double minor of Business, and Policy Analysis and Management.
What advice does she give to other students? “I always made sure I had some type of internship every summer,” Tavia says quickly and simply.
While at Essex, Tavia interned with the Township of Orange in the Finance Department. “There I was able to broaden my knowledge of not only tax policy, but also the fundamentals of finance and municipal operations.”
Tavia also was part of the America Needs You (ANY) Fellows Program for two years. ANY is a program for high achieving, low-income, first generation college students. The group provides career development, mentorships, networking and holistic support to students.
She said last summer’s internship, in which she worked as a Boeing Human Resources Generalist intern in Huntsville, Alabama, really prepared her for what’s ahead. She was involved in employee relations, assisting hundreds of workers to assimilate into the community.
“It wasn’t just about work,” Tavia said. “I also developed a community package with information on schools, day care, doctors, motor vehicle facilities and whatever else they may need.”
Tavia’s next destination is expected to be Boeing’s offices in Seattle, Washington. “I’m really getting to see the country. I think I’ve gone a long distance in a short time.”
She plans on continuing her education, that’s for sure. “I want to eventually earn my MBA in Finance and Accounting,” she said.
“I am still grateful for the solid foundation I received during my time at Essex County College! I found my niche and the networking/relationship tools necessary to be where I am today. I couldn’t have asked for a better institution to have earned my Accounting degree, one that truly sets me apart from my competitors.”