By Jessica Salerno-Shumaker, OSCPA senior content manager
Nontraditional accounting student Eboné Johnson has always made helping others a priority in her career.“I'm really passionate about making someone else's dreams become reality where they can see a vision of their success,” she said. “I feel successful when I’m helping other people achieve everything they want.”
Johnson previously worked for Dayton Public Schools for more than ten years as a bus driver but said she’s had an interest in business since high school. At the beginning of the pandemic, she underwent multiple knee surgeries which allowed her to live a healthier lifestyle. Feeling inspired by the positive changes she made in her life she decided to go back to school at Sinclair Community College to learn more about accounting and how that could allow her to help small businesses.
“If someone can bake really well, that doesn't mean they can process taxes,” she said. “You need someone to help you through those types of things. And that was what interested me because I really want to help small businesses stay afloat.”
While taking classes at Sinclair, one of Johnson’s professors noticed her passion and enthusiasm in class and asked if she would be interested in being a student ambassador for the Ohio Society of CPAs. Johnson said she’s excited to be the first student ambassador at Sinclair for OSCPA and is looking forward to helping spread the word about the opportunities accounting provides.
Her interest in the profession extends beyond the classroom as well, as she has recently joined the OSCPA staff as a member relationship specialist, helping members get the information and resources they need to succeed in their careers.
Johnson said she is looking forward to learning and growing in the accounting profession and offered advice to other nontraditional students who are considering accounting.
“Without actually trying, you'll never know what you’re capable of,” she said. “Someone's always going to need those books taken care of or help guiding business decisions. So that's a valuable thing that I learned with choosing accounting.”