08 Oct Meet Jordan, Budget Analyst
Jordan answers questions and give you some insight on what it is like to work at Criterion as an early career professional. All of our open positions can be found here.
Please describe your job: What do you do?
As a Budget Analyst, I research and analyze Working Capital Fund information, and provide summarization, confirmation, and projection products to leadership for organizational decision making.
What are your favorite tools to help you to get the job done?
Excel is the main tool that we use on our team along with various online applications. I like working in Excel, because there is always something to learn about its functionality, which directly helps enhance the work product for our customers.
What kind of skills do you need to be effective in your role?
Governmental budgeting and accounting knowledge, computer skills, and interpersonal skills.
What do you like best about your job?
I like that I work as a member of a team. We support one another and help each other grow. Criterion fosters an excellent work climate and culture that I appreciate as well.
What surprised you most about your job after doing it for a few months/year?
I was surprised at how quickly I became knowledgeable about the organization and its processes. This was a testament to my team members, who trained me and helped me get started.
If you could do school over again, what would you do differently?
I would have liked the opportunity to build web applications. I am very comfortable in using them, but I’d love to be able to build my own. Spending time on that in school would have helped me build confidence and skillsets.
What advice would you give to someone looking for their first job?
Take the time to read job descriptions thoroughly. Do not just skim through lists of job titles. As you read the job descriptions, look for things you’re interested in, things that you’re good at, and things that you could possibly grow into. Start looking at descriptions before you are done with school. This way, if there is an experience or skill that you may need, you can enroll in a class, or sign up for an opportunity to gain that experience. If you are out of school, you can still look for opportunities to volunteer or obtain certifications that can provide those opportunities as well.